IFMA, the International Facility Management Association turned a common office complaint into a fact: The number one cause of office discomfort is being too cold. In fact, 94% of the people surveyed stated this. Guess what falls as number two? You guessed it- 91% of the people said it was too hot. Now that these complaints have now been justified by the IFMA, it is time to take them seriously as they effect the productivity in your office.
You’re probably wondering- what’s the magic temperature to make everyone happy? Well, studies go to show that its somewhat difficult to pinpoint an exact temperature everyone can agree on. But, the research is overwhelming showing that temperature is a major factor in your office’s productivity. Take a look:
A Cornell University study shows that employees working at a temperature below 68 degrees made 44% more typing mistakes than at the room temperature of 77 degrees. When they increased it to 77 degrees, typing output jumped to a whopping 150%.
If you’d like to hear about the effects in dollars, we got you covered:
Raising the temperature in your office saves an employer $2 per worker, per hour.
A cold office increases worker’s hourly labor by 10 percent.
By now, you may be convinced that temperature indeed has an effect on your employees’ productivity. So, what’s the next step? Let’s take one more glance at some research done by IFMA about office temperatures.
While 90% of office facility managers do take the time to “spot check temperature, humidity or airflow in area where complaint is received to see whether it within standards”, 87% do nothing but “validate that HVAC system is operating correctly”.
You may want to take initiative before workers become hostile or try make solutions their own. Employees may block vents which can affect your HVACs output and bring in space heaters which can be a hazard. By the Cornell study, it would be suggested to maintain your office between 72 and 79 degrees. While it may be hard to reach an agreement among the office, take steps to try to resolve any issues. Rearrange your office so workers who require cooler temperatures get what they need. Add blinds on windows so workers have the option to let in the sunshine or keep it out. Get lower producing heat light bulbs.
So, instead of brushing off office workers complaints about discomfort in the office, remember: the proof is in the pudding. Be sure to always check in with an HVAC contractor and get on a maintenance plan so you don’t run into any problems with your system in the future.