There are a lot of things to complain about in the workplace, and believe me, I complain about enough of them. Lack of vacation days, an overbearing boss, and the perpetual absence of break room donuts all suck, but my one biggest complaint is the one that affects me every moment I’m in the office. From the moment I walk in until the moment I pack my bag and escape, this annoyance plagues me every second. It’s not my office mate’s bad perfume or having to use a restroom on another floor; no, it’s something much, much worse – the office temperature.
Women complaining about the office temperature being too cold is nothing new, it turns out this complaint is really affecting everyone. In a survey by the International Interior Design Association to figure out what workers hate the most about their office space, the results were clear: inability to change the temperature on the thermostat was far and away the winner, with 46% of respondents saying that this was their number one complaint, even above privacy, noise, and comfort of furniture.
Of course, the temperature itself isn’t the problem – only 36% of respondents complained about the temperature – but the ability to control it is affects and annoys us all equally. If the office is too hot, you just have to suffer through, and if it’s too cold, you spend your days wrapped in a blanket curled up by your space heater drinking hot tea….in August. While there’s no easy solution to this problem, I guess we should take solace in the fact that as Americans, literally the worst thing in our work lives is not having they key to the plastic box over the thermostat. I may have to always wear an office coat, but in the grand scheme of things, I guess things actually aren’t that bad after all. .
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