December 13, 2021
Office temperature is one of the most contentious issues in the workplace environment. When some employees are feeling the heat, others shiver, but either way productivity and collaboration decline.
Improve employee satisfaction
Improving the comfort of each employee within their workspace is an important part of improving overall wellness and happiness in the office. In a study in office buildings across Europe, temperature was the biggest complaint from employees and a significant contributor to the workplace experience.
Improve performance and productivity
Temperature plays a big role in whether employees are focused and productive but it’s a fine balance.
A study by the Helsinki University of Technology found that performance peaked in an office heated to around 71.6°F (22°C). While a Cornell University study showed that raising temperatures from 68 to 77°F (20C to 25°C) – reduced errors by 44% while output increased by 150%.
On the other end of the thermometer, multiple studies showed a 2% decrease in work performance for every degree over 25°C. Whether it is too hot or too cold – we’re distracted when we must regulate our temperature.
Temperature can also influence the health of employees. Those working in high temperatures are more likely to suffer from Sick Building Syndrome symptoms like itchy, watery eyes, headaches, sore throats, and fatigue. While those in cold environments are more susceptible to illness. Illness-related lost productivity costs US employers an estimated $575 billion per year.
Monitor your building’s temperature with Awair
Awair’s temperature index is designed to help you maximize occupant comfort and productivity. When indoor air temperatures move above or below the optimal range – 64.4 to 77°F (18 to 25°C) – Awair will notify you to adjust your thermostat, or you can add a trigger for this to happen automatically.
Getting your family ready for the new school year can be bittersweet, and as you drop your child off for their first day of school, it’s easy to feel anxious about whether or not you’ve prepared them for success in the upcoming year. Even if you were able to get them everything on their back-to-school shopping list, you know your child’s ability to learn and grow depends on what happens once they enter the classroom--but what if it turned out their classroom was hindering their productivity and overall health?Unhealthy classrooms are much more common than we realize, and one of the main culprits is hiding in plain sight: the quality of air children are breathing in their classrooms. Many of us take for granted that the air we’re breathing is healthy and safe since it’s not something we can typically see–but this isn’t the case, especially for air that’s indoors. In fact, indoor air can be 5x more polluted than outdoors, which can affect allergies, asthma, our ability to concentrate, the quality of our sleep, and more. Particularly “unhealthy” or “bad” air can even cause a variety of health problems, including dry skin and eyes, coughing and sneezing, headaches, hives, and nausea.
Successful companies understand the importance of employee wellbeing--those that choose to invest in wellness plans have seen improvements in satisfaction, teamwork, productivity, and their bottom line.