Constantly freezing at work

posted 1 year ago in Career
Post # 61
728 posts
Busy bee

A poster mentioned about a vent diverter. That may help! We have those in my office too!

Also – you could see if the vent could be but blocked off so air doesn’t go through it and just circulates to the other vents. The only downfall to this is when winter comes around, it will block the heat and it will need to be opened again.

I’m always hot but even 60-65 in an office is freezing!

Post # 62
2230 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I just want to add in that walks really help! While I have a space heater, sweater and blanket at my desk, if I am getting too cold, I always get up and go for a walk. When it’s really hot out, it really helps. And I just walk around the parking lot! 

Post # 63
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

60-65 degrees is cold.  i work for the federal government and it is mandated that the temp needs to be between 70-74 degrees. we are not allowed to use space heaters, fans, or anything that uses additional electricity.  we can have battery operated ones.

i would go up the chain that 60-65 is too cold and you need to be able to use a blanket.  do you see customers? or just sit at your desk>?

Post # 64
721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2021 - Dracut, Massachusetts

this sounds like my office. up front where patients come up to the window is like 80, the rest of the office is an ice cave. we can’t win. I have blanket and a sweater that has my hospital logo on it. they don’t comment on what we wear to much though. 

i don’t understand why they are being jerks to you about this? i also think you should go to HR since you’ve talk to the manager and she hasn’t done anything.

Post # 65
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Wow, I didn’t realize there were so bees that are so cold at work, just like me!  You’ve gotten a ton of helpful suggestions, many of which I would re-iterate.  Most of my work days are in the operating room, so depending on the surgeon, it can vary from 50-68 degrees.  Smartwool is your friend, I always wear base layers underneath my scrubs, top and bottom, all the time.  Wool hiking socks too.  Plus a patagonia vest on some days.  And those hand warmers.  If you’re allowed to wear a scarf or hat, that’s something to consider.  Others mentioned a heating pad, which is excellent to use on the chair, like those seat warmers in the war, so cozy and warm..

Your workplace should be able to make reasonable accommodations, sorry to hear that you are suffering.  Hopefully you’ll find some simple solutions soon.

Post # 66
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2020

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pusheenpizza :  Hey, so I know this post is a few weeks old, but I am also constantly freezing at work due to a health issue and a friend of mine told be about Embr Labs. 

Embr labs created a bracelet that is a personal temperature regulator. Your situation sounds extreme, and I thought of your post immediately when my friend showed me this product. It’s a personal thermostat: 

I’m sorry if resurrecting posts is not appreciated but I can relate to your situation, I have an adrenal problem that can make me cold even when it’s 70+ degrees out, so I’m going to try this bracelet too 😛 

Post # 68
2474 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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pusheenpizza :  Correction: BEST update ever! It’s awesome that you were able to find a quick, free, non-invasive solution. You’re not a heating/AC specialist; how would you know your way around a vent?? No shame. Enjoy your new, non-arctic office space! 

Post # 70
356 posts
Helper bee

This is the BEST update! I have had the same issue in the past. Its 90 out and I am wearing pants and sweaters with boots and my hands are literally BLUE. Im so glad you have a happy ending!

Post # 71
940 posts
Busy bee

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pusheenpizza :  tell your boss, “I am prone to get colder faster than a lot of people, including the people in this office. Just like there is a discomfort when it is a little too warm for some people, and productivity suffers, the same applies to me when it’s too cold. Id like the option of turning my vent off, the ac up, or being able to adapt by bringing warmer clothes like this to be as efficient in this work environment. what can you do to help resolve this issue?”


EDIT: Just saw your update. im glad you went with the vent closing option. thumbs up!

Post # 72
5 posts

Stress can make you feel temperature changes a lot more and your workplace sounds like it has a lot of micro management. 

I know it’s horrible working in these spaces. I have had this problem too. I found wearing layers of clothes helps most. Nobody can complain because layers are subtle and look awesome and you can add or remove the layers depending on weather changes. 


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