Many companies today find it difficult to keep a temperature that’s going to be comfortable for every employee. Many companies work to wrap up the AC throughout the summer months and conserve heat throughout the winter months. A freezing cold office is often what occurs in many spaces throughout the world. The discomfort that you may feel in your office with some of the cooler temperatures might not just be uncomfortable, it could be sabotaging your productivity too. Here are some of the top reasons a cold office can affect your professional success:
It can make your mind wander:
When we are exposed to cold, it doesn’t take long before we start daydreaming about being somewhere else. It’s hard to stay focused on our work when we are not in a comfortable temperature.
You can gain weight:
A natural reaction to being cold is for our body to start packing on a bit of extra weight. Spending some time behind the desk isn’t conducive to exercising or burning many calories. When the office is cold, this can also put us into a state where our bodies feel as though we need to add to the number of calories that we consume each day. Cooler temperatures can also put us into a thermal neutral zone which causes us to burn fewer calories than we would in a more comfortable environment.
It can ruin company morale:
Being in a cooler environment can also change our attitude. When you start to get cold, it’s more difficult for you to be receptive to change, nicer to your coworkers or working at your fullest potential.
It can lead to mistakes:
Being cold often means that you aren’t focusing on other elements of your work. This can lead to mistakes in your day to day job which can cost your company money.
These are just a few of the top ways that a cold office could be sabotaging your success. If you are cold in the office be sure to bring along a sweater or ask about adjusting the climate control if possible!
This post was written by Tara Kintz. Tara is a director at Signature Workspace which is a Tampa office space. Signature Workspace, owned and operated by Cantor Fund Management, offers services and amenities such as private offices, flex space, co-working space, virtual offices, meeting/conference rooms, and more.