Many women experience feeling cold at work on a frequent basis. This is usually because men set the thermostat in office places. The typical professional offices throughout Europe and the USA average 72 degrees Fahrenheit, a temperature more suited to men wearing several layers including undershirt, shirt, tie and suit jacket than to women wearing a silk blouse, for example.
A Medical translation of a recent workplace productivity study found that women would be much more productive if the office temperatures were raised a few degrees. A button-down shirt and tie as well as a jacket, lace-up shoes and socks, which women typically do not wear, can make you up to 3 degrees warmer, explains University of Leipzig ergonomics professor Achim Guenther who studies workplace productivity. In a 2008 study of workplace temperatures and productivity, conducted by Guenther and his associates, women made 44 percent fewer typos and increased their words per minute by over 100 percent if the ambient temperature was raised to 77 degrees. In addition, absences due to illness associated with working in cold temperatures declined by over 50 percent when the thermostat was turned up to a comfortable level for women.