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Report Shows That Office Temperature War Can Lower Productivity

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Report Shows That Office Temperature War Can Lower Productivity

The old office temperature war – have you ever fallen victim to one?

Maybe not, but as it turns out, the simple matter of deciding how warm or cool you want your work environment to be can a huge source of disagreement, arguments, and even some physiological and psychological problems.

Having an office that’s running too hot can cause you to dehydrate and for productivity to drop off, while having a workplace that’s on the chillier side can inhibit work and damage typing speed rates and mental cognition.

Scientists and researchers at a selection of universities have been investigating the problem of just what counts as the perfect temperature in the workplace, and have found both benefits and limitations on both sides of the debate. While some research has found that having warmer temperatures encourages more positive mood, and a better atmosphere, other branches of research have found that keeping things cooler can seriously improve things in the workplace by stopping workers from getting overheated (perhaps by allowing them to indulge in hot beverages which can improve morale and team bonding.)

Whatever the case may be, there’s a big debate raging at the moment as to what our office temperatures should be, and the absolute maximum and minimum we’re allowed to have in our workplaces. Check out this very cool and snazzy infographic from the fine people at Andrew Sykes, and see just what has got a lot of people heatedly discussing this issue…

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    Have you ever found yourself getting too hot under the collar, or receiving a frosty atmosphere in the office? Let us know what you think about the great temperature debate in the comments below.

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