When you think of factors that hinder employee productivity, things like faulty technology, noise and stress may come to mind. But have you ever noticed that productivity suffers when employees are too hot or too cold in the office? According to Career Builder, 53% of employees say that they are less productive when working in an office that is too cold and 71% say they are less productive when working in an office that is too warm. Based on those staggering numbers, it’s easy to see that an office temperature variation of just a few degrees can cost your company big.
Why does office temperature matter?
When employees are too hot or too cold, they are distracted trying to regulate their body temperature by adding or removing layers, turning fans on or off, and making ice cold or steaming hot drinks. Likewise, temperature can drastically affect an employee’s mood, movement and the pace at which they complete work.
What is the optimal temperature in an office?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) currently has no regulations that specifically address office temperature and humidity but strongly recommend temperature control in the range of 68-76° F and humidity control in the range of 20-60%. Most studies conclude that temperatures in the low- to mid-70s are optimal for productivity, with warmer temperatures being more favorable.
How to achieve the right temperature in your office
Regularly ask employees about their comfort levels
By sending out an anonymous survey a couple times a year, you can gauge whether or not employees are satisfied with the indoor air and may discover some simple adjustment you can make to increase comfort.
Don’t allow employees to change the thermostat on their own
This can lead to office debates and arguments. Encourage employees to contact the facility manager if they are uncomfortable with the temperature.
Have regular commercial HVAC maintenance performed
Neglecting maintenance can lead to serious temperature variations, clogged air filters, dirty ductwork and more.
Don’t procrastinate when it comes to repairs
If you feel there’s an issue with your system, call a professional immediately. Not only can broken HVAC equipment cause discomfort, it can be dangerous to your employees.
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