The Battle Over The Office Thermostat

May 25, 2018

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It is defiantly getting warmer outside, which mean the office thermostat wars will be heating up again! According to a CareerBuilder survey, 46% of workers complain that their office is either too hot or too cold, with 15% admitting that they’ve actually argued with a coworker about the office temperature. 19% say they secretly change the thermostat during the summer with 13% cooling it down and 6% warming it up. Women were more likely than men to fight with a colleague about workplace climate control, with more than 1 in 5 (22%) of female employees getting heated about the temperature, compared to 7% of men. So why so much torture over temperature? Most office buildings set the base temperature to a comfort model developed in the 1960s that suits the resting metabolic rates of men; namely, a 40-year-old man weighing 154 pounds. But women's average metabolic rate is about 20% to 32% lower than rates in the standard chart used to set building temperature. That means there is about a 5 degree different in women and men’s preferences. Now with more women working the 50 year old model is in need of a refresh. Until then, don't be passive-aggressive in taking the thermostat into your own hands. Try talking to your co-workers about it instead, and decide on a temperature that’s comfortable for everyone. For those who find the office too cold, 20% sip hot drinks, 19% wear jackets all day, 13% run a space heater and 6% wrap themselves in a blanket.  For those battling the heat, 42% drink cold beverages, 27% dress in layers and 26% use a fan.

SOURCE: Moneyish

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