When it comes to raising my kids or managing my team, I’m not the sort who gets into yelling or screaming.
- I’ve always hated that approach and find it completely counter productive.
When there is an issue inside the zone controlled HVAC of the office, I simply address it. There are no histrionics or threats. Instead, I state my expectations and the associate and I put together a plan of action to correct performance or behavior issues. There’s a bit more at stake when you’re raising kids. But I’m still not one to let my emotions take over and get ugly when the kids are being stupid. At the same time, if working together doesn’t solve it, I’m sort of obligated as their father to correct behavior. And when it came to the way the thermostat was getting jerked around in my house, I was left with no choice but to correct that behavior. My kids seemed to think that the thermostat is open for them to manipulate at all times. I’ve discussed this with them to explain that air conditioning costs money and we have a certain thermostat setting discipline. I even went so far as to get out the utility bills to actually show them what it costs. Apparently, this had zero effect because they completely ignored me. So I simply called the HVAC company and that won’t be a problem anymore. We now have a smart thermostat that controls the heating and cooling in our home based on my parameters. And I’ve locked the kids out of any sort of manual control over the thermostat.