As Software Advice showed in the graph in point four, one interesting note that might explain many office squabbles: Women like it hot; men like it Hoth. The median preferred temperature for men is 70F, compared to 72F for women. This may not seem like a big difference, but consider this: 23 percent of women in our sample prefer a temperature between 75F and 80F, compared to just 5 percent of men who prefer this range.
(It’s worth noting, however, that the U.S. Office of Safety and Health Administration recommends office temperatures not exceed 76 degrees.)
The construction researcher at Software Advice, Forrest Burnson, who conducted this study, wasn’t surprised at the gender finding, and sees a mixture of low-tech and high-tech software as key to solving this issue:
“It’s not too surprising that most people are dissatisfied with their offices’ temperature on a regular basis. The apparent differences in temperature preference between men and women also compound the problem.
Although it is difficult to find an office temperature that every employee can agree on, there are a number of innovative software out there that can assist with the problem and not only help to save on energy expenses but also make employees more comfortable. Still, there are a number of “low-tech” software that can help, from implementing more relaxed dress codes to zoning employees into warmer or cooler spots in the office based on their preferences.”
Overall, the issue of climate can be addressed if companies consider these three things when determining how to end their thermostat wars once and for all: