Half Of Workers Say Office Temperature Is Too Cold Or Too Hot

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Half Of Workers Say Office Temperature Is Too Cold Or Too Hot

Office workers are fighting over the office temperature and nearly 20 percent say they have secretly changed the office temperature during the summer, according to a release.

A new survey by Career Builder conducted by The Harris Poll also shows 15 percent of office workers have argued with coworkers over the office temperature being either too cold or too hot. All of this has an impact on office productivity.

 According to a new CareerBuilder survey, nearly half of workers (46 percent) say their office is either too hot or too cold — and 51 percent say sitting in an office that is too cold impacts their productivity, 67 percent say sitting in an office that is too warm does the same.

Fifteen percent of workers say they have argued with a coworker about office temperature (7 percent of men vs. 22 percent of women), and nearly 1 in 5 (19 percent) have secretly changed the office temperature during the summer—13 percent to make it cooler, 6 percent to make it warmer.

The national survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from April 4 to May 1, 2018, and included a representative sample of 1,012 full-time workers in the private sector across industries and company sizes.

Survey findings indicate women may feel temperature differently in workplaces from men. Eighteen percent of men say they are too cold, 17 percent too hot and 36 percent of women are too cold, 19 percent too hot.

More say office temperature is too cold than too hot
 

  • 18 percent of men say they are too cold
  • 36 percent of women say they are too cold
  • 17 percent of men say they are too hot
  • 19 percent of women say they are too hot

Top sectors with office temperature that is too hot

  • Retail: 28 percent
  • Manufacturing: 23 percent
  • Health care: 19 percent

Top sectors with office temperature that is too cold

  • Health care: 30 percent
  • Retail 24 percent
  • Manufacturing: 18 percent

Office temperature battle solutions

Instead of fighting for control over the thermostat, some workers are taking matters into their own hands. To stay at a comfortable temperature at work during the summer, workers say they:

  • Drink cool beverages: 42 percent
  • Dress in layers: 27 percent
  • Use a personal fan: 26 percent
  • Drink hot beverages: 20 percent
  • Wear a jacket all day: 19 percent
  • Use a space heater: 13 percent
  • Use a blanket: 6 percent

Agree to this degree

 As much as it might feel easier to simply change the thermostat behind your co-workers' backs, a more effective resolution might be to try talking to your co-workers about it and find a compromise.

Take breaks

It's summer, so enjoy the sun and a little vitamin D. Even if your office temperature isn't bothering you, a quick break is always a good idea to boost productivity.

Change up your environment

If a particular time of day or office space is too warm or too cold for productive work, talk to your manager about adjusting your work schedule, telecommuting or moving to a conference room for a portion of the day.

Research Method
This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by The Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder among 1,012 employees ages 18 and over (employed full- time, not self-employed, non-government), between April 4 and May 1, 2018. Data for employees were weighted where necessary by gender, age, race/ethnicity, region, income, education, and industry to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population.

About CareerBuilder®
CareerBuilder is a global, end-to-end human capital solutions company focused on helping employers find, hire and manage great talent. For more information, visit www.careerbuilder.com.

 

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