I have been a supervisor for many years and the situation that continues to drive me crazy is the Thermostat War. I frequently get complaints that the temperature is either too low or too high. Is there a generally accepted way to settle on the best office temperature so I can settle this once and for all?
— The Frustrated Boss
Dear Frustrated Boss:
Yes, and it quite scientific and mathematical. The correct temperature is when one-third of your employees say it is too cool, another one-third say it is too warm and the remaining third put on (or take off) sweaters and shut up about it.
— Evil Skippy
This is indeed a perennial issue. It comes up when I do training, too. I usually pretend to fiddle with the thermostat but don’t really adjust it, then proceed with my class. I rarely get follow-up complaints (perhaps because I am so very entertaining that no one thinks about the temperature).
Readers — how do you handle this issue where you work?