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What is the ideal room temperature for an office full of men and women of different ages?

Asked by john65pennington (29230points) March 6th, 2012

Example: in a normal office. there are 20 women all working side by side. Some women are younger and some women are older. The room temperature thermostate has a lock and key surrounding it, so no one, but a supervisor, can adjust the setting.

Question: how would a supervisor determine the appropriate room temperature for an office with women ranging from their 20s up to their 50s, with menapause being a prime problem?

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KateTheGreat's avatar

73 degrees sounds about right. Standard classroom temperature always works out well.

zenvelo's avatar

It should be the same temperature as an office full of men in the same age range. Half the men are in shape and want it a bit warmer, half are fat and out of shape and break into a sweat just standing up.

Set it at 68 in the winter and 74 in the summer.

JLeslie's avatar

In summer months I would like it at 75. Winter 70. But, I think most jobs probably keep it cooler in the summer, maybe 72.

I won’t say where, but I know of a company that put up a thermostat that was attached to nothing but the wall, and the women dialed it up and down throughout the day. It did not affect the air system at all, but they felt like they had some control.

Blackberry's avatar

89, so they get hot and… know…..

JLeslie's avatar

If it can only be one temp, I like @KateTheGreat suggestion. I would be a little cold in the winter, but if I am allowed to have a little space heater I am good to go.

john65pennington's avatar

Note: this question should have been aimed at both men and women.


tinyfaery's avatar

72 It’s room temp. This is an issue at work all the time. Good for you for trying to solve the problem. I just have a fan.

JLeslie's avatar

@john65pennington The women I know in menopause aren’t always hotter all the time, it’s just when they flash. Some are hotter in general, but most women I know aren’t. I know young women who run hot.

If it is men and women dress code might matter. If men are required to wear a jacket, you have to accomodate their requirements for dress code. This was the case at stores I worked at. We could not have the men sweating on customers.

YARNLADY's avatar

There is no such thing. I cannot even maintain the temperature in my own room to a level I like. It goes from too cold to perfect to too cold and back several times a day.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Pick a temp between 65 and 75 and stick with it. As long as the temperature is consistent then you can allow enough leeway in the dress code so everyone will be able to dress adequately for the temp.

filmfann's avatar

68 in winter, 72 in summer.

jerv's avatar

It’s been proven that allowing the employees to manipulate a non-functional “dummy” thermostat will affect how warm/cool they feel regardless of the fact that the actual temperature hasn’t changed.

That, and as @YARNLADY says, even keeping one person comfortable may require jumping between 60F and 85F, sometimes in seconds while pissing the rest of the occupants off.

Sunny2's avatar

I always prefer it cooler, because I can always put a sweater on if it’s too cool. Too warm and I can’t take enough off and still be seen as a lady. I’ll let someone else make the decision and cope with my own comfort by adjusting clothing.

8Convulsions's avatar

The office I work in is kept around 72 degrees year round, and it’s a constant battle. The older ladies get hot flashes and sweat, while the younger ones come in wearing shorts and sandals and then complain when they feel cold. People will fight over the space heaters while others ask me to open the doors to get a “nice breeze going,” even in winter.

I can never make everyone happy.

What @jerv said is so true and I totally use it for my advantage. I’ll walk to the thermostat and click it up one notch, and then back down, so it stays the same temperature. They hear the beeps and think I adjusted it to what they wanted, and the complaining stops. Haha.

tedibear's avatar

I’d go with 72. It’s pretty neutral as temperatures go, in my opinion. I’ve worked with women for the most part in offices and the skinny ones always complained that it was too cold. The average weight and overweight women were fine with it. My reply to the very thin, I answered, “Put on a sweater.” Yes, I have thermostat control issues.

Keep_on_running's avatar

Survey each person and ask them what their ideal office temperature is. Then work out the average of the combined results and set it to that. Seems fair.

JLeslie's avatar

One of the problems with this is various parts of the office will be a little colder or warmer than the set temperature. Near the windows vary the most usually, as thermostats are usually on an inside wall. The sun streaming in one office might heat it up, while 30 degrees outside in the winter means exterior offices are colder.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Depends on whether or not it’s sunny in the office or damp, as either of these are big factors.

We keep our office at 68. Anything above that would be way too hot. If they’re cold they can put on a sweater.

jazmina88's avatar

69 or 68.

Please takecare of us menopausal things. we need all the help we can get.

MadisonPaige's avatar

70 to 72. A little warmer if the men aren’t required to wear ties.

mattbrowne's avatar

The older people should wear slightly warmer clothes.

As a general rule in summer: 76 F
As a general rule in winter: 68 F
Spring and fall in between.

Our physiology changes over the course of a year (applies to areas on Earth with seasons).

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