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Health Briefs TV Examines the Effects of Cold Offices on Employees

Cold offices do more harm than good in the workplace no matter where one lives. Studies have shown that when employees are cold, they produce less work. Health Briefs TV examines the effects of cold offices on employees.


When it is cold outside, why should it be cold inside? Cold offices do make for happy, hardworking employees. In fact, staff might spend a little more time trying to find a way to warm their hands and bodies. Space heaters work, but the white noise and dry air can be bothersome. So let’s take a look at how cold offices affect workers.


A small study based from 2004 took place in Orlando, Florida in an office. Researchers measured the temperature in the room every fifteen minutes and observed how the employees reacted in warmer and colder temps. They found that the women worked better and were more productive when the thermostat was kept at a warmer temperature than a cold one. Temps between 74 and 77 degrees F are optimum. Cold temps resulted in less work and slightly more errors were made.


One theory for why offices are kept at temperatures cooler than women can stand is that office buildings were built back in the 1940s when male workers were more prevalent than women workers. But here we are in the 21st century and offices are still so cold that polar bears could live in them. Male and female. Other studies have found that more than 50 percent of workers had a problem with the office temp, and argued with co-workers about control of the thermostat.


The Health Briefs TV show understands that a happy medium must be found. Perhaps it is 70 degrees F year round. But no office should ever be kept in the mid to upper 60s. We are humans. Not Arctic waterfowl.


How cold is your office on any random day?


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