On August 3, 2015, the New York Times ran an article on the front page titled “Chilly at Work? Icy Office Was Devised for Men.” Like many of these articles (see our earlier posts: Summertime, and the Livin’ is Freezing and Let the Thermostat Wars Begin), it covers the predictable frozen females bundled up in response to office air conditioning and suggests productivity of workers goes down when they feel like ice cubes.
The “Chilly at Work” article in the Times, however, goes one step further: It states “most office buildings set temperatures based on a decades-old formula that uses the metabolic rates of men…based on a 40-year-old man weighing about 154 pounds.” That may represent most office employees when the formula was created in the 1960’s, but certainly not today – particularly with women representing half the workforce.
But one subject the article missed completely is the significantly higher incidence of Raynaud’s in the female population as an explanation for their complaints over the frosted temperatures they are forced to endure in office buildings during summer months.
So the Raynaud’s Association wrote a Letter to the Editor and it was just published in the August 10, 2015 issue of the New York Times under the heading “Women, Men and the Office Thermostat“. Let’s hope that the exposure of our Raynaud’s editorial will help increase awareness and maybe put a little pressure on offices to be aware that medical issues may be a factor.
With millions of Frosties in America, we have to make our voices heard!