We can all familiarise with dark, cold & early mornings in the middle of winter when the last thing we want to do is get out of a warm bed and go to work. In contrast the middle of summer fills us with zest and makes getting out of bed so much easier. However, does this mean that people are more productive in summer rather than winter?
Not necessarily so. According to research from Harvard University the opposite is true. In the middle of summer, as staff sit gazing out of the office window whilst the sun beams down seldom can we wait to get out of the office. The opportunity cost if you will of us being at work on sunny days when we could be outside enjoying the weather has an impact on productivity. In the middle of winter, when it’s cold and dark, well most people would rather stack up the hours because there’s not much else to do.
What is the best temperature?
Once again we can all familiarise with this. Adding layers because you are too cold can be a pain and actually quite restrictive. When you are too hot you become uncomfortable and the threat of perspiration can be sometimes quite embarrassing. All these things can put you off your work.
Studies in America suggest that temperatures in the range of 71-77 Fahrenheit (about 21-25 Celsius) are the optimum temperatures for workplace productivity. Temperatures above that level can mean we lose concentration pretty quickly…… ever been in a board meeting when someone’s set the temperature high? There was probably a reason!!!
Getting the temperature right in your business isn’t just about paying lip-service to employee engagement, it actually improves outputs as well.