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(Metro)   Can you refuse to work from home if it's too hot?   (metro.co.uk) divider line
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374 clicks; posted to Discussion » on 11 Aug 2020 at 2:35 PM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-08-11 3:01:01 PM  
Yes, and your boss can refuse to pay you.
 
2020-08-11 3:04:13 PM  
WTF! Is this a serious question?
 
2020-08-11 3:10:55 PM  
I've worked remote since 2015 and I don't remember my boss ever telling me I needed to turn up or down the thermostat. If your building doesn't have proper AC or the wiring to support a window unit, those little water-vapor cooling fans do wonders in a small space, and you can even power them from a power bank vs. outlet if you're worried about a power surge.
 
2020-08-11 3:13:11 PM  
I work in an unfinished basement with no A/C in Georgia. Heat index of 100+ some days. Suck it up buttercup.
 
2020-08-11 3:13:42 PM  
Maybe not, but you can unplug your router now and then, call in with system issues, and jump into a cold shower for 15 minutes to cool off.
 
2020-08-11 3:17:13 PM  
There is a limit of 28 degrees Celsius according to the law here.
 
2020-08-11 3:25:06 PM  

DerAppie: There is a limit of 28 degrees Celsius according to the law here.


That sounds foreign. I'm an American and we don't encourage those weird, divisible by ten kind of measurements here.
 
2020-08-11 3:29:45 PM  

PTP_Professor: I work in an unfinished basement with no A/C in Georgia. Heat index of 100+ some days. Suck it up buttercup.


A portable dehumidifier makes my unfinished basement the best part of my house in August.  AC unit makes the rest of the house clammy, but down here is nice and dry.
 
2020-08-11 3:31:34 PM  

cherryl taggart: PTP_Professor: I work in an unfinished basement with no A/C in Georgia. Heat index of 100+ some days. Suck it up buttercup.

A portable dehumidifier makes my unfinished basement the best part of my house in August.  AC unit makes the rest of the house clammy, but down here is nice and dry.


I have one and it pulls about 2 gallons of water a day out of the air. Used to pull 4 gallons a day before I sealed the concrete walls. Sealing the floor with epoxy is next before I start thinking about LVP or wood or whatever I want.I need to get an electrician to finish wiring the basement so I can insulate down here.
 
2020-08-11 3:33:01 PM  
Is this the thread where we point and laugh at the British complaining about the "hot" weather?

I do know some people who are now going into the office simply because their place is too hot and the office has AC

But really, this is Europe in August. Why are you even working?
 
2020-08-11 3:40:37 PM  

Cajnik: Is this the thread where we point and laugh at the British complaining about the "hot" weather?

I do know some people who are now going into the office simply because their place is too hot and the office has AC

But really, this is Europe in August. Why are you even working?


10 years ago, I was in Moscow in June & it was 97 degrees. I'd packed for the weather in St. Petersburg, and suffered for our 4 days in Moscow. 30 degree difference between the two cities.
 
2020-08-11 4:13:54 PM  
It must have hit 74F in London again, the Brits are complaining about the massive heatwave.
 
2020-08-11 4:41:55 PM  
Simple solution....If you have to work, just half-ass it.
 
2020-08-11 4:55:13 PM  

Troy Aikman's Giant Thumbs: It must have hit 74F in London again, the Brits are complaining about the massive heatwave.


It was 35 C/95 F there over the weekend, it was apparently forecast to be 37 C tomorrow, but the latest forecast has it at only 32 C.
 
2020-08-11 5:41:05 PM  
You all do realise that your value to an employer derives from your productivity, not how much you suffer, right?

I knocked off for a couple of afternoon siestas last week. Just made sure I was there as required for teleconferences and made up the hours in the evenings once it cooled off.
 
2020-08-11 5:48:02 PM  

Troy Aikman's Giant Thumbs: It must have hit 74F in London again, the Brits are complaining about the massive heatwave.


There is actually a genuine issue in England if it gets hot, like, at all.

Most buildings are old. The windows are small and might not open. AC units aren't ubiquitous.

Heat stress happens fast and people get hurt or worse.

/worked outside in 120 degree days in West Texas
 
2020-08-11 6:05:48 PM  
The $500 I spent on a portable A/C makes working from home possible.
 
2020-08-11 6:09:03 PM  

Ringshadow: Troy Aikman's Giant Thumbs: It must have hit 74F in London again, the Brits are complaining about the massive heatwave.

There is actually a genuine issue in England if it gets hot, like, at all.

Most buildings are old. The windows are small and might not open. AC units aren't ubiquitous.

Heat stress happens fast and people get hurt or worse.

/worked outside in 120 degree days in West Texas


Had a prof that lived in Shepherd's Bush in London in the '60s, when there was a sort of movement to "modernise".  Central heating was still widely looked upon as kind of "girly".
 
2020-08-11 8:01:34 PM  
If you're on a research base or something, where your residence is a company-provided dorm, then yeah, you have the reasonable right to demand working air conditioning (and living conditions in general) as part of your employment contract. If not, your boss is going to assume you're perfectly capable of driving to a store, buying a window AC unit, putting it in said window, and turning it on, so unless there's a legitimate reason that won't solve your problem (shiatty electrical in the building that can't support AC, weak insulation paired with Arizona-level summer temps making the AC insufficient, or something along those lines), the reply you're going to get is "just buy a damn air conditioner".
 
2020-08-11 8:12:26 PM  

ElPrimitivo: DerAppie: There is a limit of 28 degrees Celsius according to the law here.

That sounds foreign. I'm an American and we don't encourage those weird, divisible by ten kind of measurements here.


All measurements are divisible by ten. Milligallons and kilomiles are perfectly valid.
 
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