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Study reveals that uncomfortable temperatures are affecting the UK workforce

The UK’s workplaces are – in general – too cold for women and too hot for men, according to a nationally representative study* of 2,000 UK adults conducted on behalf of Aspect.

The research, commissioned to explore the issues faced by the UK workforce concerning their physical comfort at work, found that almost half of workers in the UK say the ambient temperature at work is unpleasant. But it’s unpleasant for different reasons.

More than half of women complain that their place of work is unpleasant because it is too cold. But men are more likely to find their place of work uncomfortable for the opposite reason. 43% say the physical environment where they work is too hot.

Workplace temperature satisfaction varies with age too. The oldest workers are more likely to find the ambient temperature at their place of work unpleasant than the youngest workers. 37% of 18-24 year olds complained that their place of work was too hot compared to 44% of over-55s. 40% of 18-24 year olds say their place of work is too cool, compared to 47% of over-55s.

However, those aged 35-44 were the most likely overall to have an issue with the temperature at work. 49% of 35-44 year olds complained of workplaces that were too hot and 51% complained of workplaces that were too cold. On the whole, it is women who suffer the most from uncomfortable temperatures at work.