Legendary hedge-fund wizard and the white whale which Preet Bahara can't harpoon (at least not yet), Steve Cohen keeps his workplace at 69 degrees. That's so the members of his workforce don't get sleepy. We all know of the post-lunch energy letdown.
Well, in this hyper-competitive era in myriad fields, not just producing high returns for investors, other employers are also turning down the temperature. That's the input I receive from acquaintances who go into offices every day, winter, spring, summer and fall. "It's always freezing in there." None are wearing summer outfits.
One wonders if this is the kind of issue in which OSHA could be called in. Some employees just can't take the cold. Others resent not being able to wear seasonal attire.
But until the U.S. economy gets a whole lot more traction in the recovery, I doubt if any employee is going to rock the boat and file a complaint about the deep freeze.