Did you know that the temperature of your workspace impacts your headspace?
Numerous studies indicate that working at warmer temperatures has emotional and cognitive benefits. If you’ve ever worked in an office that felt like the arctic, you’re probably well aware of this fact. It’s hard to work when you’re freezing!
According to the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration, ideal office temperature is somewhere between 68 and 76 degrees. However, one study found that the sweet spot is right around 71 degrees.
So, what are the benefits of the right office temperature?
A study from Cornell University found that workers make 44% fewer typing errors at warmer temperatures. This indicates that employees likely make less mistakes, even beyond typing, in certain temperatures.
The right office climate may also contribute to a better functioning team. People are more trusting, open, and generous when they’re warm. They also think more creatively in both warm light and warm temperatures.
Heat plays a role in mental health as well. Feelings of warmth typically have an uplifting effect on the mind, contributing to better moods and even fighting symptoms of depression. Think about it, don’t you just feel joyful sipping a warm drink or sunbathing?
If employees are more productive and making less mistakes, this also saves employers money in the long run. One study indicated that the ideal temperature could save employers up to $2 per employee per hour.
How does this apply to you?
If you’re fortunate enough to have the tremendous responsibility of setting the office thermostat, think carefully about what temperature you choose!
Even if you don’t wield the power of the thermostat, do what you can to keep yourself comfortable. If your office is perpetually cold, pack a sweatshirt or blanket to stay toasty. Your brain and body will thank you!