For the last six months, the entire company that I work for has worked from home. That obviously includes me and I have found it really easy to adjust to our new working arrangements. In fact, I’d be happy to never go back to the office, if it wasn’t for one thing. I’m always either too hot or too cold in my home office. My heating and cooling system just doesn’t work properly. I don’t know why, but it never reaches a comfortable temperature.
I’ve put up with this because I don’t want to have to pay for any services or repairs, or even worse, a new system. I just don’t have the money. But, things have changed. I decided to try my luck and approach my boss, and let him know my concerns. As it turns out, it’s apparently his duty of care to provide us with comfortable working conditions, even if it’s our own home. Jackpot. He’s going to pay for my heating services and repairs. Canberra weather can be pretty crazy, and I’m very happy that I won’t have to worry about it any more. I’m also very happy that I don’t have to pay for it.
Once my heating and cooling system gets fixed, I will probably never go back into the office again. I like my coworkers, but I also like rolling out of bed five minutes before my first meeting and walking my dog at lunch time. These things are probably more important than seeing my coworkers, if I’m being honest with you.
I think I’m just going to ask the technician to install an entirely new air conditioning unit. Canberra technicians would be happy with the extra work, and my boss is paying, so I may as well get an upgrade. I’m very happy with this arrangement. My only regret is that I didn’t complain to my boss sooner.