What Are The Risks Of Working In A Cold Office? What Temperature Should An Office Environment Be?
Firstly if your employees are uncomfortably cold in the workplace, they likely won't be performing at the height of productivity. Also, according to an article on Openworkspacedesign a study in 2014 found that 29% of workers spend approximately 10-30 minutes each day not working as a result of the office temperature making them feel uncomfortable. However, 6% spend more than half an hour not working for this very reason.
So using this data, if your office has 20 employees, just think about how many hours of work your business could be missing out on for every day that your employees are sat in an uncomfortable environment.
Are There Any Health Risks?
Cold isn't just a risk to office productivity; there are also some serious health risks associated with being in an environment that is too cold. The Health and Safety Executive writes that a reasonable working temperature for an indoor workplace should be usually at least 16°C, with exceptions for strenuous work or if laws require lower temperatures.
For example, exposure to cold temperatures can cause conditions such as Raynauds which can cause fingers to change colour to white, then blue then red, leaving the individual with a sensation of numbness, pain and 'pins and needles'. If you would like to learn more about this condition, you can do so by reading the page Raynaud's phenomenon on the NHS Choices website.
3 Tips To 'Survive The Winter Office'
Just like preparing for summer weather, there are numerous ways that you could refurbish your business in preparation for winter weather. If you would like to read more about preparing your office for a heat wave and get ready for summer 2018, you could read our previous blog titled 6 Tips To Cope With Hot Weather In Your Office.