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You know, I wouldn't be so cranky all the time at work if my officemates were capable of using their brains, or were a little bit more considerate.

I'm cold, yet again. Nothing too new, right? But get this: an hour or two ago, loud-music-guy next door asked me, "Is it hot in here today?" I answered him honestly, that I was quite comfortable, but that meant it was probably warmer than normal, since I generally prefer a higher temperature than most people. He thanked me, and walked away.

A bit later, I heard him on the phone, talking to his girlfriend or somebody, saying, "I had to turn down the thermostat, somebody had it cranked up to 85 degrees, it's like a sauna in here!" Shortly thereafter, I began to get cold.

Out of curiosity, I went to look at what he'd set the thermostat to. He set it to 70. He moved it down 15 degrees, all at once!! I have a variety of gripes about this:

1 - He assumed that by setting it to 70 it would actually make the entire office 70. In a big open space like this, obviously the actual setting isn't what the whole place is going to end up at; there are too many variables that affect the temperature. Instead of moving it down a little bit and waiting to see what it did to the environment, then adjusting it again once the temperature settled, he just dropped it 15 degrees. Probably because he thought, "Duh, I'm comfortable at 70 degrees at home; that's what it should be set at!"

2 - Making drastic thermostat changes is a terrible idea. I just know that moves like this are what cause this office to be constantly at unbearably extreme temperatures. One idiot is too hot, so he drops it 15 degrees. Obviously there is no way for the blower to quickly cool a huge open space down 15 degrees, so it probably blows cold air all night. The next day, some other idiot thinks, "It's freezing in here!", so they push it way too high again. Then the cycle continues. You have to move the damn thing by minor increments if you don't want the temperature to be yo-yoing back and forth the whole time!

3 - He assumed that everyone would want it to be 70 (which I guess is his preferred temperature). This despite the fact that I'd just told him I was comfortable with the previous temperature. As though my discomfort didn't matter at all. He didn't even ask me, "Hey, I know you're comfortable, but would you mind terribly if I lower the thermostat a bit?" Oh no, and I'll bet he didn't even ask anybody else if they thought it was too hot or not.

Grumble grumble grumble...they need to lock the damn thermostats up, or keep a log, or something. Now that would make sense: if you adjust the temperature you have to write your name, what it was at, and what you moved it to. Then maybe people would start to realize how stupid drastic adjustments are, and begin to police themselves properly. Then maybe people could concentrate on getting their work done, instead of constantly feeling too cold or too hot or too crabby to work.

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From: stilldocked Date: March 11th, 2002 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
well, if you take the time to kill him and feed his remains to your co-workers, you will never have to worry about the thermostat again;)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 12th, 2002 08:10 am (UTC) (Link)

ah-ha, now there's a fine idea!
mrdisco99 From: mrdisco99 Date: March 11th, 2002 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like stilldocked's comment. :)

I'd like to add that in our office, the thermostat is in the CIO's office. He and only he controls the temperature in there. If it's too hot or too cold, then mention it to him and he MIGHT adjust it for us.

Hey, we don't HAVE to work there. Considering today's job market, a little temp differential is something I can handle. I'll dress light or bring a jacket.

renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 12th, 2002 08:09 am (UTC) (Link)
At least that way, you don't have everyone constantly switching it around. But still, you raise an excellent point.

Here the climate actually varies so much that I keep both a t-shirt and a zipup sweatshirt in my desk. Then if it gets unbearably hot, and I'm wearing something too warm, I'll change into the tshirt. If I get too cold, I'll put the sweatshirt over wahtever I'm wearing. Not always "business appropriate", but I figure that's not really my fault.
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: March 12th, 2002 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Two thermostat posts in as many days...

I now pronounce you Queen Renniekin of the Thermostats.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 12th, 2002 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay, I'm royalty! woo-hoo!

However, in my defense, I should point out that there was really just one thermostat post, and one mention of a thermostat in the comments on a different (non-thermostaty) post.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: March 16th, 2002 08:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Okay, so if you're cranky, why don't you get one of those little secretary-size notepads and a nail, or print something out, and nail it up next to the thermostat? Even a BOLDFACE printed notice has some potential of doing good. You may or may not sign it, doesn't really matter.

Better idea! Convince Boss to buy the most complex imaginable computer-programmable X-10 thermostat, instructions printed in Estonian, and dare the silly geek to be able to figure it out! Best if it requires an interface which only you have on your computer, but he is probably one of those who cannot program his VCR anyway. Hmm, do any of the cheap programmable thermostats come with a password feature?
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