salary transparency, office temperature wars, and asking for more vacation time — Ask a Manager


I was on Marketplace Morning report last week talking about salary transparency — why we should talk more openly about what we earn and why employers should be more transparent. It’s about five minutes long and you can listen here:

Also! Office temperature wars come up a lot here — some people want their office to be warmer, some want it colder, and no one can agree. A new USC study has found that there are gender differences in how well people perform at different temperatures: They found women perform better at temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees, and men perform better when it’s below 70. And interestingly, women were more negatively impacted by colder temperatures than men were by warmer ones. (It’s worth noting, though, that the study participants were students — and I suspect temperature preferences change as we age.) Anyway, I’m quoted in this LA Times piece about the study, and offering advice on how managers can try to accommodate a range of temperature preferences.

And last, perhaps you are thinking you’d like more vacation time! Here’s a piece I wrote for NY Magazine about how to negotiate more vacation time on top of what you already have.



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