Does the Temperature of Your Office Influence the Productivity of Your Workforce?

Ensuring you create the right environment for your workforce is an essential part of setting up and managing your business but it’s not just team dynamics, workstation positioning, facilities and décor that will make your work environment a hive of activity…
Does the Temperature of Your Office Influence the Productivity of Your Workforce?

The overall temperature and humidity levels in offices has been proven to have an impact on office ergonomics with just a few degrees difference making or breaking productivity, but how can you ensure this fundamental necessity is ‘just right’ for your workers?

The Optimum Temperature for Productivity

It is recommended that the room temperature of any office environment is 77 degrees Fahrenheit / 25 degrees Celsius for optimum productivity. In fact, a recent study showed that this temperature ensures the workforce is 98% productive, whilst room temperatures of between 82 degrees F (28 degrees Celsius) and 92 degrees F (33 degrees Celsius) sees productivity drop by 3% to 13%. What a difference a degree makes!

Low and High Humidity – the Effects

Maintaining the correct level of humidity within your office space is also a must. Low humidity levels (below 40%) can cause a great level of discomfort to workers due to the drying out of skin, nasal passages and hair. Lower levels of humidity can also cause individuals to become more susceptible to illnesses, especially during colder weather, meaning your office could struggle in more ways than one if humidity isn’t kept at the recommended levels due to staff sickness. Low humidity also has its problems during the spring and summer months, especially in air conditioned offices, with breathing problems and allergies working hand-in-hand with dry air.

High humidity on the other hand can cause condensation and excessive mould growth, making your office a rather unpleasant place to work. A particularly high level of indoor humidity also has its adverse effects on human health. Humidity above the recommended levels can cause major discomfort and lethargy – a recipe for disaster when it comes to productivity.

Recommended Humidity Levels

The recommended level of humidity is between 40% and 60% all year round. Many business owners choose to invest in an air humidifier or dehumidifier for their work space so that they can strike the right balance when it comes to humidity all year round and its workers can benefit from improved air quality.

The Benefits of Staying Productivity Focused

Ensuring your workers are comfortable when it comes to basic fundamentals like temperature and humidity has been and should be the focus for any business owner. As the proprietor of a company it is up to you to create optimal surroundings for your workers to thrive in. Keeping a handle on your office temperature and humidity levels will also help you keep the heating and cooling costs of your commercial property at bay with more affordable appliances like humidifiers and dehumidifiers being your key to maintaining a comfortable, productive and energy efficient office environment, especially during those all-important work hours.

More Ways to Create a Productive Workplace

Here are a few more ways to increase productivity in your office environment and boost business for the better:

  • Add greenery to your office: Flowers, plants and other green additions have been proven to create a more comfortable work space and do their bit in increasing oxygen and improving air quality.
  • Invest in quality furnishings: Purchasing high quality desks and desk chairs can also maximise comfort and productivity, as well as reduce the risk of injury or strain.
  • Keep ‘break away’ spaces away: Always keep the break away spaces for your staff separate from work areas so that each member of the team has a well-earned rest from their productive working day.

 

 

About Martin Davies

Martin Davies works for Air and Water Centre , a leading specialist in humidification and purification for commercial and industrial environments.