OpenWorks recently featured in Small Business Trends article “Thermostat Wars and Stolen Lunches – Little Things Mean a Lot”
In July, OpenWorks Facility Services conducted a national survey of office employees on interoffice wars. The survey found more than half (55 percent) of Millennial employees in the survey say they’d consider making a little less in exchange for working at an office with the perfect temperature and cleanliness level — 25 percent of Baby Boomers say the same thing.
The poll found more than half of employees get into conflicts with their co-workers over office temperatures and thermostat wars at work as well as cleanliness (or lack thereof). Rude or disgusting behavior is also cause for resentment.
Control of the thermostat is a huge issue that can lead to a “battle of the sexes” because men and women generally don’t agree on ideal temperatures. More than 6 in 10 men would rather have the thermostat set at 70 degrees or below. However, women generally prefer 72 degrees or higher.
Three out of five employees will take charge and change the temperature when it’s not to their liking.
Besides the thermostat wars at work, other “bad behavior” that gets on employees’ nerves includes taking the last cup of coffee without starting a new pot, “forgetting” to clean out the coffee pot, leaving dirty dishes in the office sink and leaving food in the office fridge until it rots.
Respondents also wrote of some of the behavior that bugs them, ranging from “singing,” “burping,” and “snorting loudly” to “stealing lunches.”
Read the full article by Small Business Trends here.