My friend Dan just moved offices for his job. He was thrilled, since this meant that the company he was working for would be having him travel less, and he was getting a big promotion. After he found out last week, Dan invited a bunch of us out to celebrate the great news.
Naturally, many of us playfully teased him for his fancy new job title, but really we were all very proud of him for his professional success. Last night, I called Dan just to see how things were going in his new job title, and whether he was encountering any trouble so far.
Dan told me that since his promotion, he hasn't really left the office, spending a ton of time working on important projects for the company. But instead of complaining to me about it, he said that he loves what he's doing.
I said that I was glad that he was enjoying his new position so much, and then he said that one of the major reasons why his work has been so pleasant lately is that his new office has a manual thermostat.
I wasn't really sure how this had anything to do with his job, but then Dan explained it to me. One of the worst things about working late in his old office was that the preset thermostat would turn down the temperature at night in order to save energy, and the cold building made it even worse to have to stay late.
But since his new office has a manual thermostat, the employees are much more comfortable, and are free to adjust it if they're feeling too cold or hot at work. Since he's comfortable, Dan doesn't mind working late anymore.