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Air Con Office Wars

05 April 2012, 14:18

Dear Um …

To Those Whom May Care

I work in an office which has air con. I fail to understand how that temperature can even be considered comfortable and how healthy it is to go from 32 degree temperatures to almost half that in the time it takes me to walk from my car to the office.

I didn’t think I suffered with the cold but having worked in more cold environments than I care to mention, I suspect that I have become even more sensitive to it. Being a lady, it would be a bit on the butch side for me to start increasing my muscle mass. I keep my ankles covered when possible but sometimes I forget that I am going from the tropics to the arctic. This, unfortunately, means that I don’t wear any skirts to the office. This, at the very least, has the added benefit that I only need a winter wardrobe year round.

I would have thought that the men in the office, who incidentally are also wearing jerseys, would also want a slightly warmer environment to work in and the thought of women dressed in skimpy skirts in the office would provide some incentive. I always ask the people who like the cold why they live in South Africa first of all and second of all, how they handle the heat in the house when they go home. Apparently these two situations can’t be compared because at home they can wear nothing if they wish but the office generally has some dress code of sorts dutifully enforced through temperature controlled environments.

I’ve also read somewhere that darker skinned people typically from Africa also feel the cold more than those of European origins. If this is true then I would naturally assume, that due to the demographics of our country, we would have more comfortable working environments leaning towards the 22 / 23 degree mark.

So, alas, I am going to buy more jerseys this winter, start layering my clothes, wear gloves in the office and buy a hot water bottle.


The Freezing Employee (in the corner)

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