Hi everyone,

As you may have heard, this summer many offices in the city are setting their air conditioning thermostats a bit higher than usual-around 26 degrees-to help save energy. Along with the thermostat shift, a less formal summer dress code is also being introduced in these places to help staff keep cool.

In keeping with University Health Network's efforts to be as energy-efficient as possible, our environmental "go-to" guy, Ed Rubinstein and the Operations Committee have suggested that we consider doing the same in non-clinical areas, which I think is a great idea.

What is a summer dre​ss code?
Basically, it's clothing that is lighter and less formal. It should, however, still be safe and maintain a professional appearance in keeping with UHN's Uniform & Dress Code (1.20.006) policy (you can view the complete policy on the intranet, under "Policies.")

Some suggestions (visit the links at the bottom for more):

  • Ties or jackets not necessary
  • Nylons not necessary
  • Try short sleeved shirts
  • Try capris or "city shorts"

I'm no fashion expert, so I'll leave the specifics to you. As always, dress code is something that differs between units and areas, depending on the environment and the work being done. I encourage units and teams to talk to their managers to ensure their casual dress is appropriate, professional and safe for specific areas.

What's happening with the thermostats?
Over the next few weeks, we will be working towards adjusting temperatures in non-clinical areas so that they are comfortable, without affecting patient care areas. And, as always, you can contact Facilities by visiting their section of the Corporate Intranet if there are any concerns in your area.

Thanks for your participation. Being more energy conscious is something we can all take pride in. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your manager, or drop me a line, through the Straight Talk section of the Corporate Intranet.


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