This week, discussions about the office thermostat have been everywhere. Turns out that many office thermostats were set with 45-year-old, 154 lb. men in mind. As a woman who has shivered her way through offices both government and private, I say, “duh.”
Even after my former Boss gave the women control of the office temperature, we all agreed we’d rather freeze than listen to the men bitch about how they were hot. So if your employer isn’t willing (or can’t) crank up the temperature, here are some tips on how to survive.
Heating Pads and Foot Warmers. Most office won’t allow space heaters for fire-safety reasons. I keep an inexpensive heating pad in my desk, and I sit on it almost year-round. It warms me up, without forcing me to layer up.
If you want something even more discreet, try a foot warming pad. Just keep it plugged in under your desk, and enjoy toasty feet all day long. Sometimes keeping your feet warm is enough to keep you warm.
Scarves and Shawls. If you’re not looking to go the electrical route, there are always cozy scarves and shawls. I recommend you choose something large in a midweight, perhaps in a metallic or a neutral color. I like this White & Warren cashmere scarf for something luxurious. Or this shockingly affordable Pashmina from World Market.
I don’t go in for the full blanket. I think it looks a little childish for a woman to be wrapped in a blanket while sitting at her desk. But if you need it, you need it. Just make it a nice blanket.
Miscellaneous Products. Over the years, readers have suggested their favorite ways to keep warm at the office. A few people have recommended these discreet Keysocks for keeping your toes warm. A co-worker of mine loves hand-warming, fingerless gloves. You can also look into a beverage warmer for your desk to keep your coffee or tea toasty warm.
Any other tips for keeping warm at work? Besides working from home, of course.