What to Do When Your Office Is Too Cold

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Remember during a summer, when your bureau building cranked a A/C to foolish low temperatures and we had to put on a beanie? Remember meditative “at slightest in a winter they’ll holder a heat”? We remember meditative that during Lifehacker. What a fun warn to learn that a bureau is also wintry in a winter! Now we know what “Oh we honeyed summer child” means!

If we also work in a drafty, cavernous office, or if we have a miserly trainer or landlord, here’s some advice, formed on a Lifehacker staff’s personal experience.

Talk to Your Boss

Most of a time, your bureau could be warmer, though someone in assign has motionless not to holder a heat. If that someone is partial of your company, afterwards we need to accumulate everybody in your bureau who feels a same. Present one joined front, instead of a garland of one-on-one complaints, to make your emanate harder to dismiss. Revel in common action’s intensity to urge workplace conditions.

Show your trainer this Cornell investigate that says lifting a feverishness into a 70s reduces worker blunder by 44%, and increases outlay by 150%. This usually one specific investigate about typing speed, though it sounds like science, so it’s tough to disagree with. Bosses eat that shit up.

Maybe your bureau manager is obliged for this stinginess; in this box discreetly take adult a emanate with your boss. More likely, as is a box in during slightest one Manhattan-based new media company, your bureau manager is an angel of light, and does all they can to make your bureau comfortable. In that case, ask them how we can behind them adult to your trainer or whoever’s in assign of a feverishness control.

Trick a Thermostat

Maybe a thermostat is out of your hands. Maybe it’s literally, physically sealed in a cage! Plop a Ziploc bag of ice on a thermostat so it stays on, bravely perplexing to holder a feverishness to a calm 67. Don’t get caught.

Bundle Up

I mean, we know how to get warm. Hat, sweater, sweeping on your lap. Instead of thicker layers, go for more layers. Fingerless gloves keep your hands limber; get a skinny pair, since thick ones make your hands too clumsy, defeating a purpose.


Try some prolonged johns. Old Navy’s got skinny ones on sale in-store for 10 bucks. But these $8 Alki’i Women’s Winter Fleece Lined Leggings are usually $8 and super friendly for all genders.

Get a compress space heater, one we can censor underneath your desk. The Wirecutter recommends this $33 heater from Lasko or this $35 heater from Honeywell. Appliance store Air Water lists some-more compress models, observant that ones have what reserve features.

Check Local Laws

Unless your workplace is indeed cold adequate to means injury, we won’t get any assistance from OSHA. An OSHA deputy told us: “OSHA has a ‘general duty’ proviso that requires a protected condition. Unfortunately for a room, there is no specific regulated temperature. However, we do have manners that speak about additional feverishness or additional cold. When it comes to cold or heat, we usually meddle when it’s a reserve issue.”


According to their site: “OSHA does not need employers to yield feverishness or atmosphere conditioning for work spaces. OSHA does suggest feverishness control in a operation of 68-76°F.”

If your workplace is cold adequate to harm you, we can call OSHA during 1-800-321-6742. You can ask that they keep we anonymous. But if we usually feel worried all day, OSHA can’t assistance you.

Check your internal and state regulations. In, say, Lifehacker’s hometown of New York City, building managers contingency feverishness tenants’ spaces to 68 degrees during a day, 62 during night. Fines run $250-$1000 per day.


If your bureau is indeed utterly comfortable appreciate you, greatfully tell us all about it so we can brazen a thread to a bosses.

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