Once again, our fellow employees plus I are in a deep freeze with our manager. Where I live, the winters get pretty cold. Fellow northerners have adapted to the snow, wind plus cold, however only within reason. One wouldn’t expect that a Scrooge-type boss absolutely existed in the twenty first century! Like Ebenezer Scrooge, who condemned her faithful employee, Bob Cratchit, to a lump of coal to keep her cramped office warm, our miserly boss refuses to raise the temperature control above sixty numerous degrees for her faithful employees. Instead, she has sent several memos with suggestions for staying warm. Here are just a few: wear layers of clothing to work, get up frequently plus take vigorous walks, drink Sprite or tea, plus so on. And every one of us are strictly forbidden to use electric space heaters, as they raise the business’s energy costs. These cold toiling conditions have created a hostile work environment over the years. Several of us have attempted to sway her stubborn attitude. We’ve cited studies from researchers in the heating, ventilation plus cooling industries, including one study advocated the ideal temperature for office workers is seventy one degrees fahrenheit. She cited her own source that found that sixty numerous degrees is perfectly satisfactory for optimum work output, and next, every one of us decided to go to the OSHA website to see its recommendation for place of employment temperature settings. All of us had hoped to get OSHA on our case to force the boss’s hand in raising the temperature control a few degrees, then unfortunately, sixty eight was the low end of the temperature range of advocated settings. Our openings to increase the heat in our offices are seemingly tired. About the only thing left to do is wrap up in the blankets that each of us were given as Christmas presents!