Month: July 2016

Five Ways to Beat the Cold Office Blues

Five Ways to Beat the Cold Office Blues

As I mentioned last week, I have long battled the office thermostat, and have learned that there’s really nothing an individual can do to change things “globally”. Instead, the easiest way to make yourself more comfortable in an office where you’re freezing is to take matters into your own hands. Over the past 12 years, I have discovered quite a few things that work, and many that don’t. These are my favorite things for keeping warm in a frigid office.* Continue reading “Five Ways to Beat the Cold Office Blues”

The Battle for Control Over the Office Thermostat

The Battle for Control Over the Office Thermostat

Offices are known for being cold. The cold office has been a subject on notably credible websites like CNN and the New York Times, to trendier sites like Bustle and Mental Floss. Most of these articles say the same thing:

Offices are too cold for women… and yet thermostats are stuck in the 60’s, literally.

Most women I know that work in an office are cold. Office thermostats are often set to the high 60’s, and a lot of research points to this number being decided upon decades ago, when offices were full of men wearing suits all the time. Nowadays, with workforces mixed and dress codes more lax, office spaces are shared by men and women who are wearing less layers and lighter fabrics.

Of course, I can’t forget to mention that in some cases, HVAC systems are set to move air through offices that are full. Every cubicle has a vent blasting air down into it, but not every cubicle has a body and electronics warming it. That heating/cooling system is working overtime to make sure that non-existent employee is “comfortable”, while half of the actual workforce is huddled around space heaters or wrapped in blankets. Continue reading “The Battle for Control Over the Office Thermostat”

Five Things Not to Say to Someone Who’s Job Hunting

Five Things Not to Say to Someone Who’s Job Hunting

Every one of us has been on both ends of the job hunting story: looking or know someone who is looking. And no doubt every one of us has received well-meaning advice from someone who hears we are looking. Having begun searching myself not too long ago, I was on the receiving end of quite a bit of advice, tips, suggestions, and more. Some of it was helpful in one way or another, but other commentary proved to just frustrate me further. So I decided to put together a list of five things you should avoid saying to someone who’s looking for a new job. Continue reading “Five Things Not to Say to Someone Who’s Job Hunting”

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