I know this can be a sore topic... But I work in an office with very few men and the vast majority of women. There is a dress code for men, but none as such for women. The male dress code is: Long sleeve shirt, black trousers and smart shoes. Tie is optional.
We're currently hitting the start of summer weather, and I'm really struggling to cope with the heat. I'm experiencing issues with concentrating, heat rash and fatigue. It's causing me a lot of trouble with my productivity.
Currently I'm the only male in the office, and alone I don't hold much sway in 'air con wars'. The current temperature in my office is 37.1 °C in the shade (99 ºF).
At home I try to maintain the temperature between 16 ºC and 18 ºC so when I arrive in the morning, this wave of heat really hits me as I open the door. I've got a desk fan that I have aimed at my face every second I'm in the office, but it doesn't provide much relief for me.
Me and some of the other guys have tried to gently negotiate some kind of middle ground, but it's usually met with tantrums and arguments, which we didn't really want to take it to that level, so we just exited the discussion at that point and avoided talking about it as the women can get angry. It's quite strange as we are a really casual small company and never argue about other things and take very few things seriously. HR consists of a single woman who enjoys the heat, and the company director in our office also is on that side of the argument.
My departments sit next to windows. These windows are extremely old-fashioned and do not open. I have the blinds closed to avoid being blinded / having the sun magnified on me.
Does anyone have any ideas what I can do? We've tried jokingly suggesting we will wear mankinis/skirts/dresses/copy what the women are wearing until the temperature becomes acceptable and even that got shut down with quite a firm response that we would be breaking the dress code.