The struggle to find the ideal office temperature is definitely real. In some offices, it can be a battle to control the thermostat; some are seemingly always freezing to death and others are perpetually hot. Many prepare their office spaces for battle by having sweaters, space heaters and fans to combat each temperature scenario.
But if everyone is so focused on the temperature, then productivity is bound to decrease. So, what is the ideal office temperature? Well, research has gone both ways over the years. And some say it depends on whether you are male or female.
It has long been believed that a cooler office would produce higher productivity. However, some studies over the last few years have proven that warmer just might be better.
According to a 2006 study done by the Helsinki University of Technology and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, “performance increases with temperature up to 69.8 to 71.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The highest productivity is at a temperature of around 71.6 degrees Fahrenheit.”
But a study conducted by Cornell University has found that productivity is best at about 77 degrees Fahrenheit. It does stand to reason that if people are so focused on how hot or cold they are, then productivity would be impacted. But, what other factors affect productivity?
Other Factors to Consider
A person’s weight has a lot to do with how they perceive temperature shifts. People who weigh more, or have a higher body mass index, tend to feel warmer faster. While those with a lower body mass index typically get colder more easily.
Age is also a factor in determining the ideal office temperature. Older workers, especially those over the age of 55, can be more easily impacted by colder temperatures. If you have an older workforce, you might want to consider bumping up that office temperature to keep them more productive and comfortable.
If your company has predominantly female employees, then this must be a consideration as well when determining the ideal office temperature. Women have a very different body chemistry and their metabolic rates are lower than men and they also tend to have more body fat which makes them warmer. This makes women more sensitive to warm temperature changes.
Building design is also a consideration when figuring out the ideal temperature. Does your office have large windows or high ceilings? Windows let in a lot of sunlight and can easily heat up a room. High ceilings can sometimes create poor air distribution which makes air conditioners work harder and longer. Sometimes knowing your building as well as your employees is the best bet in maintaining that ideal office temperature.
Probably the biggest factor impacting temperature is humidity. Ideal humidity levels are key to maintaining the ideal temperature. If the air has too much humidity, it could impact a worker’s ability to sweat, leading to heat exhaustion. However, if the humidity is too low, workers can have skin, throat and nasal passages that feel dry and uncomfortable. Ideally, the humidity level should be at about 40% for optimal comfort year-round.
Finding the Right Medical Office Lease in Los Angeles
Finding the right office space can also be a key factor in temperature maintenance. As mentioned previously, knowing and understanding how your building works is sometimes just as important as knowing the makeup of your workforce.
If you are looking for the right medical office lease in Los Angeles, contact Boulevard LA now and schedule a consultation. The Boulevard LA team has the knowledge and expertise to point you in the right direction and get you into a space that works for your organization.
Thanksgiving is around the corner, and if your office likes to celebrate, you might be starting to think about party ideas. Even if your office has never thrown a Thanksgiving party before, this could be a great time to start! Here are some of our best Thanksgiving party planning tips for your office.
Creating invitations will add excitement around the event and ensure that more people actually remember to attend. You can get creative and design flyers to distribute around your office either on paper or through email, or use eVite or another online invitation service. An added bonus of the invitation services is that they will track your invitees to see who is definitely or maybe attending, so you can get a good idea of how many people to expect.
Decorate your office in paper cut outs of fall leaves, different sizes and colors of gourds, glasses full of chestnuts, dried ears of corn covered in glitter, and fall colored wreaths. Ask your employees to bring in their own homemade decorations. Buy paper plates, napkins, and plastic utensils in fall colors to continue the theme.
Design Your Own Potluck
Everyone enjoys a good potluck, because they are always full of surprises and there are usually lots of homemade goodies! When planning your office Thanksgiving potluck, think about a theme. Do you just want people to bring pie? Should you hold it right after the holiday and have everyone bring their leftovers to share? Or maybe you think your coworkers will have had enough turkey and stuffing and you want to have a taco bar, your options are open!
Thank Your Employees
What more appropriate time to thank your employees for their service than this? Make sure to take a moment during the party to thank your employees personally for their contributions. Consider giving them take-home gifts like candy bars, awards, or maybe copies of a book that you find meaningful or is relevant to your industry.
Hold a Charity Competition
Think of those who don’t have what you do, and collect food and clothes to donate. The department who donates the most gets a prize!
Play Thanksgiving Games
Ring the Pumpkin- Line up a few large pumpkins on the ground. Before the party, create rope hoops of an appropriate size that you can throw over the pumpkins. Have your coworkers see if they can ring the pumpkin stem.
Thanksgiving Charades-Play a game of charades with Thanksgiving words.
Gigglebelly– You will need at least four players for this game, but the more the merrier! The first person lies down on the floor. The second person lies on the floor with their head resting on the first person’s belly. The third person lies with their head resting on the second person’s belly, until there is a chain of people all lying with their heads on each other’s bellies. To start the game, the first-person yells “Ha!” Then the second person yells, “Ha ha!” The third person yells “Ha ha ha!” and it continues down the line. Eventually, everyone will be rolling over with laughter!
We hope you have a happy Thanksgiving, and enjoy your office party!
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