Why you need Climate Control
It’s remarkable how such a small and seemingly insignificant thing can have a huge impact on your day. Have you ever discovered a new button in your car, such as the heated seat option, in childlike delight and from that day onwards, been a happier passenger? What about the brightness button on your monitor, suddenly you can actually see what you’re typing, and squinting is a thing of the past. These little miracles happen to us every day, but in some environments, things should be so comfortable that we don’t even notice the little annoyances. When we’re comfortable, we are focused.
These ‘places’ are where we spend, sadly, the majority of our lives. In bed and at work. You wouldn’t put up with a dodgy pillow and a roasting hot bedroom every night and you shouldn’t put up with an uncomfortable work environment either. So whether it is the temperature of the space you are working in or the chair you are sitting on, know that everything is in your control, this is what we like to call climate control.
Some people like it hot, or do they?
When a journalist asked Singapore’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, in 1999 what was responsible for the country’s economic success, he replied, somewhat to everyone’s surprised, air conditioning. It has been scientifically proven that employees perform better at an average temperature of around 22°C and if you don’t think that’s a serious statistic, get your teeth around this: “Failing to keep workers comfortable isn’t simply mean – it has serious financial implications too,” report the BBC. “In all, around 2% of office hours in the UK are wasted by battles for climate control, costing the economy more than £13 billion each year.” However, of course the optimum temperature varies from person to person. This is why climate control is important rather than plain air conditioning, it’s easier to set at an exact optimal environment.
Getting the temperature right in an office or factory has been proven to boost job satisfaction, productivity and collaboration. Get it wrong and you face losing workers to sickness, as well as a multitude of other problems such as a lack of enthusiasm and an unhealthy approach to work. Scientists have looked into different working environments and the correlation between varying temperatures. For example, studies have shown that warm environments are better for creative thinking, while cooler workplaces are thought to help keep people alert with manual jobs where they might be performing repetitive or monotonous tasks. Equally, once you get above a clammy 27°C, it turns out we’re not so good at mathematics.
The current thermostat that most offices are set to is the metabolic rate of a 40 year old 70kg man, so it’s not really too accurate anymore. With temperature control comes great responsibility, but there is a ‘best office temperature’, somewhere between 22 and 24°C according to Shipworth. Just remember that by investing in climate control in the first place, you give your company the chance to be more efficient, economical and, well, your staff just might like you a bit more.
Keep your team working in the perfect environment for them, and guarantee that they reach their potential, by contacting us or calling us on 0808 112 2222 to enquire about our climate control solutions.