Turn Up The Heat: Warm Workers More Productive
from the seems-counterintuitive dept
I know that, personally, if my office gets too warm, it makes me less productive (and much more sleepy), but a new study has shown that heating up an office tends to make people more productive. If we lived in the age of Taylorism, the next thing you know, offices all over the country will be at a constant 77 degrees (Farenheit), rather than an unproductive 68 degrees (the thermostat here reads 66 degrees — no wonder I’m so unproductive today). However, as we head into winter here in the northern hemisphere, it’s a good reminder that not everything is as obvious as you might think. Employers may balk at turning up the heat, as that’s an expense, but this study claims that the increase in productivity could earn a company an extra $2 per employee per hour — more than likely to offset the heating costs. The details show that at 68 degrees there were many more typing errors and slower output. At 77 degrees, errors decreased 44% and output increased 150%. Apparently, people just don’t stop typing at 77 degrees, but constantly stop at 68 degrees — though, it’s not clear what they’re doing in that off time (rubbing or blowing on their hands? setting the office furniture on fire?).