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Too Chilled Out in the Office?

How temperature can affect performance and productivity

With the weather taking a turn for the cooler it is natural to feel a slight dip in the temperature not only at home but in the office too. At home, a lower temperature that comes with winter and late autumn is not too much of a problem; you can either decide to pop another jumper on or turn up the thermostat and give the heating a boost.

The same can’t be said for those at work. In fact if you are feeling chilly, you will find that you don’t have quite so much freedom when it comes to getting yourself warmed up. If you are an employer then you may say that there are plenty of other things that you need to think about when you are running a business and perhaps temperature may not be top of the list. However, if you knew how much of an impact on the productivity of your staff temperature has then the likelihood is that you might make be more inclined to make an effort to ensure that the office is at the ideal temperature.

So what effect does temperature have on your staff?

Whilst no-one particularly enjoys being cold, let alone in the office, you may not think it would have that much of an impact on how you complete your work. However, the truth is much more surprising in fact the following statistics are quite telling in how a cold office can have a detrimental effect on those who work there.

A recent study found that when an office temperature was low, around the 20 degrees Celsius mark, the people who worked there made 44% more mistakes than those who worked at room temperature (25 degrees Celsius). Whilst 5 degrees does not seem like a huge difference in temperature, the truth is that it can have a real negative impact on your employees.

But why is this? One theory that explains the dip in performance and how it relates to the temperature is a simple one. Whilst you may think the dip comes from feeling uncomfortable, it is just as likely to be because your mind and body has become distracted, by trying to keep warm rather than concentrating on the task in hand. As well as improving your concentration levels, being warm makes us feel happier and happier employees are more likely to focus, create and drive towards not only achieving their goals but going that bit further too; a big boost to any business.

One way to keep the temperature up, whether in the office or at home, is to install window films throughout. Trapping the heat that is generated by the sun, window films, just like the ones supplied by us at Arc are a cost effective way to make sure that everyone is comfortable.

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