On Monday, a study came out offering a reason for why women find offices colder than men.
The research found that indoor temperature standards are based on a model developed in the 1960s, based on the preferences of what was then a typical man. Female office workers, who are often smaller and produce less body heat than men, often find these temperatures too chilly.
We decided to test it out amongst our own colleagues. Here are the results:
These results are from a survey we sent out to the more than 300 employees in Business Insider’s New York offices, which are located on two floors.
The survey asked, “In general, how do you find the office temperature?” Possible responses included “too hot,” “too cold,” or “just right,” and had people to identify their gender and where they sat.
While by no means a scientific study, the results were certainly interesting. Across all 150 respondents — 72 men and 77 women (one person failed to specify gender) — more women than men reported that the office was too cold (58 versus 27). By contrast, more men than women reported it was too hot (15 versus 6) or just right (30 versus 13).
We found similar results for the main newsroom, where 20 women and 8 men (out of 32 and 24 men, respectively) found the temperature too cold. Six women and 10 men said it was too hot, and 6 men and 6 women thought it was just right.
Gender aside, we also saw some differences between different parts of the office. In general, it seems people on the 7th floor were colder than people on the 8th floor (78% versus 49% of respondents). A smaller percentage on the 7th floor found it just right (23% versus 33%), and no one of the 7th floor reported being too hot (18% on the 8th floor did).
Also, all seven respondents in the intern section of our 8th floor reported feeling too cold. That’s a lot of chilly interns, considering we only have about ten of them total in editorial.
Finally, the part of the 8th floor where Tech Insider, our recently launched tech and science site, is located seemed about evenly split between “too cold” and “just right” (10 versus 9). No one in that section said it was too hot.
In summary, our nonscientific survey seems to support the evidence that women find offices colder than men. But a host of other factors may be at play, including location-based differences in temperature.
No word yet on whether Business Insider will be cranking up the thermostat, though.
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