How to Survive at Work When the A/C’s on The Fritz

Many of us love the summer heat (if we’re tanning at the beach or hanging out at the pool), but not when we’re stuck at the office. If the air conditioning has ever malfunctioned at your office you know that it can be one of the worst things to happen during the summer. Sitting at your desk with sweat dripping down your forehead and your shirt sticking to your back does not make a pretty picture. Nobody wants to work in an environment where you have to worry about whether or not you need to reapply your deodorant. However, there are some important things that you should do the next time the A/C goes on the fritz at work.

1. Try to Refrain From Stripping

Depending on how long you’re stuck at the office when the air conditioning stops working, you may be tempted to start stripping down to your underwear. However, you must stay in your right mind while experiencing the near heat stroke. Stay as professional as possible and stop yourself from getting naked. None of your coworkers wants to see you naked and you don’t want to start a nude revolution at the office.

2. Don't Forget to Drink Lots of Water

While you work really hard at keeping your clothes on, don’t forget to drink lots of water. It’s important to stay hydrated; especially when experiencing such extreme hot temperatures. However, take caution when drinking water. You may have to refrain yourself from drenching your entire body with a bucket of water and ice. If you must do that, head to the restroom. Your boss won’t be too pleased if you start turning the workplace into a wet t-shirt contest.

3. Work at a Slower Pace Than Normal

Don’t be afraid to work at a slower pace than normal. After all, your boss cannot expect everyone to continue at a frenzied pace when it’s as hot as a sauna in the office. Save your energy and work more slowly. However, make sure you and your coworkers work together and use a warning system to signal when the boss walks by. Although, you can be sure that your boss will have, most likely, made his escape shortly after the air conditioning failed, leaving his faithful workers to suffer alone.

4. Have Fun With Your Coworkers

Lastly, make sure that you try to have fun with your coworkers when this office tragedy occurs. Think of it as if you’re going through the apocalypse and you’re living your last day. Forget about the first three steps mentioned and strip naked, immerse yourself in the wet t-shirt contest and stop working completely. Who cares if your boss sees you! Drag him into the party and try to make lemonade out of lemons.

Has the A/C ever gone on the fritz at your work? How did you handle the experience?