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Okay, I have had it with the incessant whining......Its too hot/its too cold bullshit. I manage an office of 5 people with everyone having an opinion on whether the a/c should be on and if so the temperature it should be set on. Every summer its the same argument. These people will actually pout if they dont get their way! My feeling is that you should side with the person that is too warm because at least the person that is too cold can put on a sweater or something while the person that is too hot cant take their clothes off(well they can but it might make a scene). One of the girls gets in the habit if she's too cold of opening the window while the a/c is on and got pissed at me when I demanded she shut the damn window.

 

Anyone else have this interoffice problem and if so what do you do about it? Do I just do the monarchial thing and set it to whatever I'm comfortable at, take a vote, or what? This I know seems like a ridiculous problem but is a problem none the less.

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If the person who is too warm is dressed for hot weather ( ie. short sleeves or sleeveless shirt, shorts if that is appropriate dress for your company ) then the cold people should come to work prepared to be cool and bring a sweater or something.

 

We had this problem at the answering service I worked at. People were told that the thermostadt was set at 70 degrees and if they were too warm/cold they should dress accordingly. I am pretty sure they kept it at this temp pretty much all year round.

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Originally posted by Chatakinns@Aug 2 2004, 03:58 PM

People were told that the thermostadt was set at 70 degrees and if they were too warm/cold they should dress accordingly. I am pretty sure they kept it at this temp pretty much all year round.

:tu:

 

If people still bitch tell them to either get a small fan for their desk, a small heater, or pay part of the bill :)

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We had this problem at the answering service I worked at. People were told that the thermostadt was set at 70 degrees and if they were too warm/cold they should dress accordingly. I am pretty sure they kept it at this temp pretty much all year round.

 

That sounds like the best approach. Find a reasonable value and set that, especially since you won't want to look like you're taking sides.

 

For those too warm, a fan works brilliantly, as Scott suggested.

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One of the art directors where I work made a deflector (out of thick matting board) for the air vent where the cold air comes out to channel it in his direction because he is always too warm. the person who sits near the vent was happy that cold air wasn't blowing right into her space.

 

This is probably not feasible for every workspace, but it's something to consider.

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I get really annoyed when I go out for lunch and the AC gets shut off, which is a regular occurance here. I'm the one who is always too warm, plus i'm furthest from the AC here, but since I'm shop manager I get my way. Besides, the people who are always too cold are wearing shorts which they're not supposed to do anyways (metal shavings, hot glue, solder etc are not good for the legs) so screw 'em.

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There are little lockboxes you can get so no one can change the temp without a key. My father bought one for his business a long time ago.

 

They have one where i work but with the proper custom made tools you can still slide in there and change the temp :green:

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Originally posted by Bruce B@Aug 2 2004, 02:35 PM

My feeling is that you should side with the person that is too warm because at least the person that is too cold can put on a sweater or something while the person that is too hot cant take their clothes off(well they can but it might make a scene).

Amen brother!!

 

Although I'm biased since I overheat extremely easy and worriship the ground that Willis Haviland Carrier walked on (inventor of the modern day A/C). Why can't people understand it makes more sense for them to add clothes rather than me sit in my boxers at work? :?

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If you are the boss, make an executive decision to set the thermostat at a certain temperature and leave it there. Playing with the thermostat costs money. If they don't like it, tell them to shut the f*** up and leave.

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We had this problem at the answering service I worked at. People were told that the thermostadt was set at 70 degrees and if they were too warm/cold they should dress accordingly. I am pretty sure they kept it at this temp pretty much all year round.

 

Good suggestion. Thx

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