The Most Common Office Complaint Will Sound Super Familiar To Every Female Employee

The Most Common Office Complaint Will Sounds Super Familiar To Every Female Employee

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.

[via QZ]

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Steph W.

Steph W. is a new Master's degree graduate with an intern's salary and six-figure taste. She realizes her expectations far exceed reality, so she spends her days pinning away Loubs she pretends are in her physical closet instead of her virtual one. Her hobbies include attempting to trapping her boyfriend into marriage before he finds out how insane she is and pretending that Black Box wine tastes as good as the kind she could afford when she was gainfully employed. Send her tips for getting out of student debt at

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