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When Will We Go Back to the Office?

When Will We Go Back to the Office?

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | July 1, 2021

On average, just a quarter of workers in the 10 biggest urban areas in North America have returned to offices, according to The Week. Paul Leonard, a management consultant at CoStar, a real estate research firm, believes office visits may reach 50% by Labor Day and 80% at year’s end. He computes that 10% of…

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It’s All About the People

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | June 1, 2021

Things are stirring out there in the VT-verse. Fresh off the virus lockdowns, a new world awaits. It is a long, slow opening, like a flower bud, but no one is quite sure what it will look like.

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Getting Back to Business

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | May 1, 2021

Just prior to writing this, I sat in on a meeting of U.S and Canada industry leaders. Organized by Elevator U and led by Eddie Morris (University of Virginia), the meeting included the executive directors of all the major associations, three of whom were new in 2020: The National Association of Elevator Contractors’ Rena Cozart…

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Let’s Talk About the Future

Let’s Talk About the Future

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | April 1, 2021

I’ve read several editorials recently that predict the U.S. economy is heading toward a boom later in 2021 due to fast rollout of vaccines and infusions of cash from the federal government. That certainly sounds promising, but the small print reveals a downside: some jobs lost in the pandemic are never coming back. Why? Part…

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Chicagoland Moves On

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | March 1, 2021

As I write this column in early February, Chicago and most of the Midwest is buried in snow as the first of three massive storms rolls across the plains and on to the Northeast. But Chicagoans are hardy; a little snow doesn’t stop A global pandemic, however, certainly tried to slow them down. They had…

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The Human Touch

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | February 1, 2021

  A baby who is not picked up and held will fail to thrive. Humans need the touch of other humans to succeed as happy, rational people. Never has that been more apparent than now. After a year of “air hugs,” elbow bumps and working remotely where the virus has kept us apart, as a…

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2021, Finally!

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | January 1, 2021

The year 2020 was one we will never forget — wildfires, hurricanes, politics and a plague. Here on the cusp of 2021 (at the time of this writing), we are so hopeful. This is the year we have been waiting for! The year we get well, travel again, eat somewhere besides home and Will it…

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The Good, the Bad and the Reality

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | December 1, 2020

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”— Philip K. Dick I’m a pretty upbeat person, but I’m unable to will COVID-19 away. ELEVATOR WORLD India Consulting Editor Vijay Pandya echoed my worst thoughts when he wrote, “The virus is like an unexpected, undesirable houseguest who has overstayed their welcome…

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Finding Beauty Where We Work

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | November 1, 2020

Our annual photo contest never ceases to amaze me with the beauty and creativity at work in the elevator industry. It’s not just that we build beautiful objects; we see the beauty all around us and relish it. We had more entries this year than ever, and the winners came from Taipei, San Francisco, the…

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Let’s Hear It for the Doors

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | October 1, 2020

by Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick The elevator industry was very lucky to be considered “essential” throughout regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, so maintenance continued, while construction stalled. An industry survey conducted by Elevator World, Inc; VFA Interlift; and AFAG, in association with Credit Suisse, produced interesting results. COVID-19 Impact/Outlook by Kaija Wilkinson gives an excellent view…

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