How cold can an office be?

In which I don’t mess with the settings because they have the snowflake on.

Tidy Desk at work

The office thermostat has been set for the summer, and it has been agreed that the temperature should be “South Pole”. A quick check of the weather on Google shows me that the only places on Earth that are colder can be found:

PIC-Cold Places (1)


No strike that. Thanks to either global warming, sun spots or liberals there is no place on Earth as cold as our office. Fox news plans to use us as evidence to throw in Al Gores face.

In fact the office is only slightly warmer than here:

Cold places on the moon

For those not au fait with the latest lunar weather it is pretty cold there. According to NASA the craters on the South Pole of the moon are the coldest place in the solar system:

The craters’ towering rims block the sun from reaching their centres, like the long shadows cast by tall buildings at dusk. In this permanent darkness, they stay at a constant -240 °Celsius – more than 30 °C above absolute zero and 10 °C cooler than Pluto’s dayside, which was measured at -230 °C in 2006.

So, as I sit waiting to break through the magical 18c barrier (again for my non-metric readers 64.4f) I’m getting annoyed that I have to wear gloves while at my desk but then have to strip off the layers when I go out. Added to this is the lack of air-con in my car, considering my body has experienced artic conditions all day sitting in a slightly warm vehicle is like being in a sauna.

Let’s recall what the protectors of the workplace had to say:

“The temperature in workrooms should normally be at least 16 degrees Celsius unless much of the work involves severe physical effort in which case the temperature should be at least 13 degrees Celsius. These temperatures may not, however, ensure reasonable comfort, depending on other factors such as air movement and relative humidity.”

It seems that you can burn to a crisp in an office as there is no maximum limit to heat you have to endure, but heaven forbid that it should be the same temperature as a nice early summer day. What is it about an office that can take a perfectly reasonable climate outside and twist it so it is unbearable indoors? Perhaps it’s to keep us employees on our toes?Or maybe it’s because there is no such thing as office air-conditioning?

Source: South

Author: geekergosum

Ah, so you worked out the riddle. You just needed to use dwarfish and the doors to Geek Ergo Sum opened. Or perhaps you just used Google. Either way you are here, on my little corner of the Internet.

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