It's a scorching summer day. You arrive at work hoping that the air conditioned office will help you spend the day efficiently. Unfortunately, your colleague at a nearby desk does not agree to switching on the air conditioner, because the cold air blows in her direction and she is constantly cold. When she goes to a meeting, you turn on the air conditioner and enjoy the cool air until she comes back. Finally, someone comes with an idea to cover the air vent with a cardboard box. Your colleague stops complaining, but as a result, half of the office is cold and the other is hot. Now everyone is dissatisfied.
Inconvenience connected with poor air conditioning was pinpointed by 27.9% of employees working in the offices we surveyed. (Number of respondents – 2,486; number of surveyed companies – 8)
The problem can arise at the office design stage, when the workstations and air conditioners are arranged independently or when the office arrangement concept changes and the location of air conditioners remains unchanged. It is important to keep this in mind and check if your office arrangement is the right one.
However, this is not the only problem connected with air conditioning. You can read about the other problems in the full version of our report.