Comfort and Productivity – Staying Cool In The Office

Staying cool in the officeHow productive are you really when you’re uncomfortable at work? Perhaps your back hurts because your chair doesn’t fit you – or you’ve spent too much time at your desk. Maybe the room temperature is too hot or too cold. Either way, thoughts about your discomfort are likely to distract you from the task at hand.

And you’re not alone. There’s been quite a bit of research on the effects of uncomfortable temperatures on work performance, and the results show that employers can benefit greatly from going to extra mile to keep their staff comfortable.

I’ve written elsewhere on how to choose furniture for comfort. Today, I’d like to focus on room temperature…

Staying Cool In The Office

In summer, you can get quite uncomfortable when you have to sit in a hot, stuffy office. Since summers tend to be brief and not excessively hot in the UK, A/C is relatively uncommon. This makes fans all the more important to keep the air circulating and maintain a comfortable room temperature. But which fan should you choose for your particular situation?

Start by considering what fans do… They circulate the air so it won’t get stuffy, and they generate a nice, refreshing breeze. Here are some of the options to consider:

How To Choose The Right Fan

Floor fans are the classic approach, and they work well even for larger spaces. They can be moved easily to adjust for changing needs. Of course, they also take up quite a bit of floor space, depending on their size.

When floor space is at a premium, you have alternative options: wall-mounted fans, ceiling fans, and tower fans. Wall mounted fans and ceiling fans will provide cooling without taking up any floor space. They also cover a larger area with their breeze because of their elevated position.

Tower fans, which are much less bulky than regular fans because of their thin, vertical design, are another great option. They’re powerful, surprisingly quiet, and can freshen up the air in even a large office quickly. They can also be moved to where they’re needed most.

There are also industrial-sized solutions available for very large spaces such as manufacturing facilities and warehouses. But for the purposes of this article, I’ll focus on the type of fans used mostly by offices of various sizes.

Of course, not everyone thrives at the same temperature and loves the same type of breeze, so some of your team members will appreciate it if you provide them with smaller desk fans for a bit of extra cooling power. Your team members will be happier and much more productive if they are comfortable.

Comfort and Productivity

In fact, comfort is key.  Does it really make a difference when it comes to productivity? Yes, for several reasons. Employees feel that their employer cares if their workspace is kept at a comfortable temperature. And their focus is better if they’re not distracted by feeling too hot or too cold.

In fact, research has shown that people make more mistakes with each degree that temperature deviates from the comfortable level, while productivity goes down as well. So it really pays to make sure all employees are comfortable.

How do you feel about the importance of being comfortable in the office? Is your office too hot, too cold, or just right, and do you find that your productivity varies with the temperature? What about that of your team members?

And if you’d like some help with figuring out which type of fan will work best for your particular office situation, we’ll be glad to assist you. Just call us on 0800 007 5566 or visit us at http://CraneBusinessSolutions.com