Workplace Temperature - More Important Than You Think

After experiencing great fluctuations in weather, we can expect the re-emergence of one of the most popular workplace disputes: the temperature wars.

The “temperature wars” stem from a disparity between colleagues’ opinions of what constitutes comfortable workplace temperatures: what’s too hot for one person might be too cold for another.

To illustrate just how common and far-reaching this problem is, below we’ve provided some statistics:

  • In the summer, 50% of offices are considered too hot whilst in the winter, 52% are considered too cold
  • 80% of office workers admit to complaining about office temperature
  • On average, each employee wastes between 6.4 and 8.5 minutes per day adjusting to office temperature
  • Female employees are twice as likely as men to be sensitive to colder temperatures.

Though these temperature disputes naturally disrupt productivity within the workplace through wasted time, we at Rapid Climate Control know all too well that, all arguments aside, failure to effectively regulate workplace temperature can have very real, adverse effects on your business.

What The Research Says

Research also supports the notion that temperature is a fundamental basis for optimum employee performance and productivity: studies have shown that, when assessing the accuracy, output and efficiency of office-based employees, there is a greater errorless output when the office temperature is at 25 degrees Celsius as opposed to 18.8 degrees. Much of this dip in performance is related to distraction, namely the expenditure of excess energy to keep warm - energy otherwise directed toward more productive endeavours such as concentration, creativity and insight.

As those of you who have experienced the temperature wars will be all too aware, it is not just the lack of heat that poses a problem within the workplace, an excess of heat (as we’ve seen in July) can also be equally damaging, leading to lost hours as employees succumb to unregulated heat and humidity. It is worth bearing in mind that in the absence of a legal upper limit for unsafe temperatures at work, the onus is on you to not only maximise the productivity of your business by investing in the sufficient climate control solutions, but to also ensure that your employees’ health is not compromised by substandard solutions.

Consider also, that contributors to reduced productivity are not merely restricted to office temperature, additional factors such as radiant temperature, humidity, and air flow can all hinder the performance of your employees if not regulated vigilantly in response to fluctuating weather.

So, considering the extremes of weather that the UK has recently been subject to, now is a particularly important time to invest in a robust, reliable climate control system. Here at Rapid Climate Control, we know that you might not be experts in all things climate control related; that’s our job, not yours. That is why we have created a handy calculator tool, designed to guide you toward making the right investment in the right solution for your business.