Outten & Golden: Empowering Employees in the Workplace

January 17th, 2003 | Workplace Fairness

And now for a lighter note at the end of the week…according to the Wall Street Journal, some office thermostats are fake, and were installed only “to give employees a feeling of control and perhaps to shut them up about how hot or cold it is.” (See Report: Some Office Thermostats Are Fakes.) One specialist estimates that 90 percent of office thermostats are phony, while another believes the number is much lower–perhaps only two percent. It seems that employers who are tired of workers’ complaints about temperature in the office have the fake thermostats installed to make the number of complaints (but not the temperature) go down, while other employers may not know the thermostats were fake. Boy, do I feel empowered knowing this!


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