If you’re tempted to keep the office thermostat low in effort to save money in the winter or save on air conditioning in the summer, consider what it could be costing you in lost productivity. New research from CareerBuilder indicates that office temperature can have an impact on worker productivity.
According to the survey of 3,321 workers nationwide, 53 percent of employees said sitting in an office that is too cold has a negative impact on their productivity, and 71 percent said the same for a workplace that is too warm.
Debates over what constitutes “too hot” or “too cold” have also been a source of workplace conflict: 20 percent of workers say they have fought with a co-worker over the office temperature.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU
As an employer, you want to create circumstances that enable employees to work at their optimum performance level – and that includes providing a comfortable working environment.
Listen to your employees’ needs and work with them to ensure an environment that allows for optimal performance. Try coming to a compromise on a temperature on which everyone can agree. Consider providing special provisions for some employees, such as those who sit under a vent, such as space heaters or cooling fans (but make sure you set safety rules first). Finally, check to make sure your building’s windows are correctly sealed to keep warm air in during the winter and block heat in the summertime.