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Solving the Office Thermostat War

Sep. 10, 2018

When temperatures were at an all-time high this summer, employees across the country felt less comfortable in their workplace. In fact, according to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey of approximately 1,000 employees, nearly half complained that their facility is too hot or too cold during the summer, and many employees resorted to taking control of their thermal working conditions by using space heaters or fans.

Moreover, almost a fifth (19%) reported that they’ve secretly changed the temperature on their office thermostat, and 15 percent have had a verbal altercation with a coworker over it. Between the uncomfortable environment and tension between team members, productivity in most offices may not be at its highest. This presents a difficult challenge for employers and facility managers.

If this sounds like you, dynamic glass can help to ease the uncomfortable office environment once and for all.  

Improving Working Conditions by Optimizing Occupant Comfort

One of the major benefits of installing dynamic glass in your building is that it prevents heat gain and glare. By tinting to adapt to the sun’s position in the sky, dynamic glass helps regulate office temperature and reduces the load on heating or cooling systems while keeping glare off of people and computer screens. When temperatures feel consistent, employees are more likely to experience thermal comfort and won’t feel as inclined to adjust the thermostat. This provides better working conditions for employees as well as relief for facility management staff.

Additionally, when offices offer unobstructed views of the outdoors and allow ample natural light to shine in, as opposed to artificial fluorescent light, building occupants thrive. With dynamic glass, there’s no need for heavy blinds or shades that block tranquil outdoor views or natural light – both of which have been demonstrated to boost employee mood and overall productivity.

Benefits for Employers and Facility Managers

In addition to avoiding thermostat disputes by keeping employees comfortable in the office, dynamic glass can also provide a variety of benefits to employers and building managers who don’t realize how much time is wasted in the office thermostat war.

Improved Work Quality – With the previously mentioned benefits of dynamic glass, team members won’t quarrel over who controls the air conditioning in the office or become distracted by the oscillating temperatures. Instead, workers can channel that time and energy into collaborating with their teams and producing quality work for their employer.

Enhanced Office Atmosphere – The consistent regulated temperatures and unobstructed views of the outdoors that dynamic glass provides can improve temperament across the board and encourage a more positive, upbeat work environment. Happiness and a positive culture in the workplace have been linked to increased levels of productivity and creativity, and even longer tenure.  

Expanded Sustainability Efforts – Air conditioning uses a significant amount of energy during the hot summer months, especially when space heaters and fans are sometimes utilized simultaneously. By eliminating the thermostat war with dynamic glass, building energy use can be reduced by an average of 20 percent and peak demand up to 26 percent over a building’s life cycle. This gives employers another leg up as many companies are continuing to work tirelessly to advance their corporate sustainability agendas.

To learn more about the benefit of daylight on overall well-being, read our blog post: Daylight, a Powerful Ally for Our Health!