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It's 12 degrees outside and they have the air con on!!!

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No wonder everyone at work is sick! I work in a call center, and my contract is in a separate room closed off from the rest of the building (I guess it's "top secret" or something ). There are about 100 people that are squeezed into this room, and they say they HAVE to run the air con because the computers generate too much heat otherwise. Granted, the rest of the room is comfortable...until you get to my row. I set at the very end in the corner surrounded by huge windows which do nothing to insulate that area. On top of that, the air con vent is directly above my station so when it kicks on it blows right down my neck. Everyone in our row basically freezes for 8 hours! I usually wear a long sleeve t-shirt under a sweatshirt or heavy sweater and I still have to put my coat on somedays. Half the people have brought in blankets and bundle up between calls.

We did get them to turn on the heat one day, and they turned it off 1/2 hour later because other people were complaining it was too warm. I don't understand why they can't just turn off the vents in our row. There is literally a 10 degree difference between our row and the next. It doesn't help that they didn't seal the sprinkler system in our row so all the cold air from the 3rd floor (that is not in use so isn't heated) comes right through there. Yep...you can see into the attic from my desk.

I'm sorry....I just had to vent a little. If I catch pneumonia, you can bet I'm going to sue!
post #2 of 9
I love it! You have to vent about the vents.

I don't know much about HVAC but I wonder, if you all had to switch rows every week would the people in the front realize how cold you are when they got there?
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I swear that you & I work(ed) at the same place, Calico. It was that way at the call center I used to work at. It was just ridiculous how cold they kept it in there. Their "excuse" was that they HAD to keep it cold b/c of the computers.

I managed to eventually find a way out of having to sit in that sub-zero icebox though.

Our call center was on the 4th floor, and there was a girl working there who was disabled and couldn't get to the 4th floor b/c the place had no elevator - you had to climb up four flights of stairs. So they set up a room for her to work in on the bottom floor, and always had another co-worker sit with her so she wouldn't be alone and had someone to help her to the restroom, or in case there was an emergency. I volunteered to sit with her for two reasons: one being that she's a really cool person (we're still good friends to this day, in spite of the distance between us now), and also b/c I could get away from the icebox. She would get cold easily too, so we brought our own little heaters and set them up. There was no one to bother us, and we could sweat like pigs if we wanted to! It was also nice & peaceful down there, without all that noisy distraction that you usually have in a call center.

I think it's ridiculous that some workplaces keep it so cold - especially in the wintertime when it already IS cold!

I feel for ya, Calico.

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I love it! You have to vent about the vents.

I don't know much about HVAC but I wonder, if you all had to switch rows every week would the people in the front realize how cold you are when they got there?
Exactly! Thanks, I needed a laugh.

And, people DO know how cold it is in our row. In fact, we have quite a few women going through menopause and they come to hang out in my corner to cool down from the hot flashes. Not that I mind the company, but....

In fact my supervisor (who sits at the other end where it's all warm and toasty) all but refuses to come all the way down to my corner. She's actually the one that complained and had them turn the heat on the one day, so people are aware.

It really wouldn't be feasible to move rows every week. Our computers are set up with our log in and passwords and I KNOW tech support wouldn't want to start moving computers and manuals just for that. And, I like my little corner of the world in the spring, summer, and fall....It's just been recently that my little corner turned into the north pole.
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That's just ridiculous! How on earth can people so be inconsiderate, how do they expect employees to come into work and function properly if they aren't even given the right environment to work in? Something should be done.
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I go from one extreme to the other. My office at the prison is unbearably hot. The jail is so cold it's like a meat locker. My supervisor there uses a little portable space heater that she keeps on the floor near her feet. Could you bring in a heater or would it be against policy?
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I go from one extreme to the other. My office at the prison is unbearably hot. The jail is so cold it's like a meat locker. My supervisor there uses a little portable space heater that she keeps on the floor near her feet. Could you bring in a heater or would it be against policy?
Only if it's battery operated, and I have NO idea where to get one, how much they would cost and how efficient they are. Besides, it would have to be kept under my desk so my feet will be toasty warm (they already are) but the upper part of me will still freeze. Unless, of course, I am allowed to crawl UNDER my desk and move my computer with me...which I can't see happening. Although...it may make a point...hmmmmm.
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Do you have access to the usb drive on your computers? If so maybe look into these type of items (first site I searched you could probably find them cheaper! although I LOVE THIS SITE!!!)

USB heated blanket
Heated slippers
Heated gloves
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Do you have access to the usb drive on your computers? If so maybe look into these type of items (first site I searched you could probably find them cheaper! although I LOVE THIS SITE!!!)

USB heated blanket
Heated slippers
Heated gloves
I didn't even know thay made those kinds of things! It's worth asking about but I'm not holding my breath. Since we aren't even allowed to change our screen savers, I kind of doubt they would let me plug a blanket into their computer. It's definitely worth finding out though! Thanks!
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