How Does Air Conditioning Affect Employee Productivity?


How does something as simple as turning the temperature down in your office have an impact on the amount of work you get done around the office?


A realtor will tell you it is all about location when purchasing or renting a home. A dentist will tell you in order to avoid cavities, you need to take care of your teeth. We are telling you, to increase and maintain productivity in the workplace; it’s all about keeping the office at the right temperature.


Let’s dive a little deeper into the science behind why humans are becoming unproductive in the heat. Data gathered from around 70,000 plants across India showed, “the value of output declined by about 3 percent for every degree above the average temperature. This loss is large enough to explain the entire reduction in India’s economic output in hot years,” according to  Anant Sudarshan, the South-Asian Director at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, who conducted a study in an effort to figure out what kind of an effect hot weather has on India’s economy.


Another study was conducted in order to find out which group of people perform specific tasks better than the other groups. One group performed the tasks in a “warm” room at 77 degrees Fahrenheit, while another group was placed in a “cool” room at 67 degrees Fahrenheit to complete their assignments. They found “simple cognitive tasks can be adversely affected by excessive ambient warmth.” In other words, hot temperatures decline your productivity!


If you are reading this in a workplace without air conditioning and have to lug around a box fan you have been using since your college years…this is your sign to send this blog anonymously to your boss!


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