How to Improve Productivity at Work this Winter
Winter can be such a drag. The days are shorter, many are bleak, and the lower temperatures can make you less willing to do anything that involves leaving your house. When you feel like the winter blues are dragging you or your employees down, try out these productivity-improving tips in your Jacksonville, Florida, office.
A study conducted in 2004 in Florida found that employees are more productive when the office is kept at a warmer temperature. The researchers recorded typists’ productivity and error rate and found they typed 100 percent of the time with a 10 percent error rate at 77 degrees. When the temperature dropped to 68 degrees, the error rate jumped up to 25 percent. Keeping your office warmer, but not too warm, will help your employees to feel more comfortable and, therefore, increase productivity as they make fewer errors.
Cold and flu season can interrupt workflow as viruses can spread through the office easily and result in many sick days. Naturally, productivity suffers. Be sure to keep yourself healthy with proper diet and exercise, getting enough sleep and washing your hands as needed. These small steps can easily prevent a cold and keep you in the office and at your best.
To stay motivated and avoid a lack of productivity, consider listening to upbeat music at work and maintaining a consistent schedule. A regular work and home schedule will help you to keep focused and avoid procrastination — even on days when you’re less enthused. During the holidays and the winter months, it gets darker earlier in the day, which gets some people down. Bright lights, flowers, eating healthy and adopting a positive outlook can all help combat winter fatigue.
We hope these tips will help you and your employees to be more productive this winter. An office that is too cold or too warm can hinder productivity and be a sign of HVAC trouble. Don’t hesitate to call Mike Merritt’s Heating & Air immediately if you notice any HVAC problems. You can reach us anytime at 904-240-4038 for a consultation or service.>
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