Bean counters. Even in an ordinary office this is not an acceptable kind of carpet. I (we) spent several years in a place with cheap nasty nylon carpet, getting nasty shocks whenever we came into contact with anything metal.
The computers didn't seem to suffer, just the humans, which is strange. Because at my previous place, the (only) computer regularly crashed after a new colleague started, but only when she was using it. One day she walked past me while I was on the PC and it crashed. She tended to wear those fluffy sweaters and they were full of static. It was an Ah Ha moment. And once she started to wear ordinary stuff the crashes stopped.