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What's the best office temperature?

What is the perfect temperature for an office?

The chief operating officer at Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, has revealed that the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg likes to keep the temperature low, 15 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit).

A piece in The Times newspaper over the weekend revealed that people there keep jackets to ward off the cold.

Lucy Kellaway, Financial Times management columnist, explained to Today presenter Justin Webb that this is a way to "stop cyber-loafing" and explained that Facebook are "make people so uncomfortable that they have no option but to actually do their work".

Celia Donne, global operations director at Regus, said that "our communal areas are between 19 and 23 degrees."

"If I set the office temperature at 15 degrees in our 1,500 locations I think a million people would walk out," she added.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 13 March 2013.

  • 13 Mar 2013
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