Getting the temperature just right

Office thermostat woes can be a blow to productivity
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/30/2019

Complaining about the temperature at the office sometimes feels like a part-time job for many at my workplace. It’s either too hot or too cold, and rarely just right, and it’s a topic commonly discussed.

Part of the problem? It’s an imperfect science, judging by conversations with maintenance staff at our building. The location of a person’s desk relative to heating or cooling vents, hallways and windows can all make a difference — along with a person’s internal temperature.

Sitting in a corner with windows for walls, my cubicle has always been cooler. And I have managed to ward off the chill with sweaters, scarves or a floor heater (which, sadly, had to be removed after a health and safety inspection).