Transcript for Office Temps Set for Men May Harm Productivity of Female Workers
I have a question for you. Are you cold? Why do you ask? I'm asking because I'm freezing right now. Feel my nose. My nose is freezing. I'm leading to the next story. Yes, next on the "Gma heat index" that no one got the segue, the battle of the seconds when it comes to air-conditioning. A new study reveals why so many are freezing at the office while men are comfortable. ABC's nick watt explains. ? Reporter: Women of America, you're not imagining it. Your office really is too cold. You sent us the proof. Blanket, scarves, coats, hoodies, harry potter snuggies and whatever that is. A lot of women are clever often by necessity. It doesn't matter if we're having record heat. Reporter: Here's why the thermostat is set for men. Glass ceilings, wage gaps now thermostats. Another tool of workplace inequality. Nature climate change just laid it out in the study with energy consumption in buildings and female thermal demand. You see, women generally produce less heat than men, about 30% less because they are generally smaller, generally less muscle and look what guys wear to the office. Coat, tie, boot, sock, whereas my colleague Florinda. It doesn't mean I'm not sleeving and a scarf. Sometimes I have to tamper with the thermostat. I've seen you. That is not allowed. Turn it up a couple of degrees. Reporter: This is bad. Chilly workers are less productive. All that ac is bad for the environment. Just plain not fair. Optimum office temperature was formulated in the 1960s and based on the so-called resting metabolic rate of a 154-pound 40-year-old male office worker so a slightly skinnier don draper. Not going to let a woman talk to me like this. Reporter: Office sexism and drinking at work have fallen out of fashion. Women are now half the workforce so shouldn't we also jack up the heat? This is definitely not a women's problem. We have to adjust the temperatures not adjust our clothing. Reporter: Until the thermostat is turned up in solidarity I'm going to wear this sleeping bag to work every day. Let's see how the men feel about that. For "Good morning America," nick watt, ABC news, Los Angeles. Wow. There's a lot of people at work there that day. Thank you, nick. We want to know do you work in an office that is always super cold? Tweet us photos of you bundled up in your freezing office with the #socialsquare and even here in the studio we can confirm it's freezing for us ladies here, right? There's patty and we have Kate all bundled up, as well. You've been walking around all morning -- You guys are in suits and I thinks that makes a huge difference. Our series on super shopping secrets.
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