Comfort and Productivity: The Best of Buds
Comfort and productivity go hand in hand. Think about your ergonomic workstation setup – you have the right chair, desk, and accessories to improve your comfort. How can you do the same when it comes to temperature?
When someone is cold or uncomfortable, they are unable to focus well and therefore, their productivity plummets, resulting in discomfort, pain and absences. Not to mention, someone looking for a quick fix to help them get warm or cool off can often lead to them leaving the workplace in search of a hot or iced coffee, visit the restroom, or go to a store to regulate their temperature. Why risk that kind of decline in output when it can easily be solved by managing the internal temperature of your workplace?
Did you know that productivity can decrease up to 4% per degree when the temperature goes above 80 degrees? By regulating the temperature of your workplace, employers can save up to 10% of labor costs, or $2 per hour per employee. Spending a little money now can save you a lot of money later.
It’s often difficult to please everyone, but with these helpful hints, you can ensure that you’re doing all you can to make everyone happy and comfortable, whether they need to be warmer or cooler.
1. Ask Your Staff!
First things first, ask your staff – is the office too hot or too cold? Having their input will ensure that you’re always putting them first.
2. Machines Get Hot
Have your machines set on energy-save mode, so that when they aren’t in use, they aren’t pumping out unnecessary dry heat.
3. Check the Thermostat
Oftentimes, a broken thermostat is the culprit. Make sure you’re having yours regularly checked and repaired by a professional.
4. Keep It Cool
Studies show that the highest productivity levels occur around 71° Farenheit. Try to stay around there for improved morale.
5. Give Options
If there are several temperature zones in your workplace due to lighting, increased airflow, etc., have options available like fans and space heaters (with safety shut-offs) for your staff.