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'Heated' arguments: new survey looks at office temperature tensions

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Summary

New survey finds some people have complaints about temperature in their offices, some even report conflicts with others

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It either feels like the Sahara desert or the peaks of Antarctica.

And now, it turns out a new poll has found that a lot of people have complaints about the temperature at their office.

More than four in ten Canadians have experienced conflicts with their coworkers over the temperature in the building — according to new research from Accountemps.

“It was interesting, it actually showed that 41 per cent had previous conflicts with coworkers or building facilities teams over temperature in their office,” Mike Shekhtman with Accountemps says.

The poll found that about 45 per cent of workers said they were more productive in an office with cooler temperatures, while 30 per cent said the opposite.

“It’s important to understand what makes you productive. If you’re feeling that you’re more productive in a cooler environment, voice that to your team and see if things can be managed.”