Jennie Ridyard
2 minute read
18 Nov 2019
6:00 am

Battle of the sexes is also the battle of the aircon

Jennie Ridyard

Office temperatures are routinely set for the average 40-year-old man in a suit

It’s long been known that men are winning the workplace heating and cooling battle. Office temperatures are routinely set for (and by!) the average 40-year-old man in a suit, and have been thus since the benchmark was decided in 1966. Even if you ignore the heaps of research, simply ask any female employee who has ever gone outside to defrost herself on a summer’s day, or hunkered down in winter with a blanket and a hot water bottle, like a Dickens character as she types wearing fingerless gloves. Like I am right now, because it’s gone decidedly wintery here in...