As summer comes, so does the heat. For many offices, this means an overabundance of air conditioning use. Every office has that one guy who complains if it’s above 65 degrees. Sometimes the A/C will be accidentally left on all night and you will feel like you are entering an igloo.
Being cold is associated with a drop in focus and productivity, and this does not help anyone. Below are some tips to stay warm no matter how cold the boss makes the thermostat.
- Keep warmer clothes in the office. It seems crazy to wear a sweater to work when it is 90 degrees outside. But do not let this stop you from wearing warm clothes altogether. Bring a sweater or light jacket and keep it in the coat closet or on the back of your chair.
- Move around! Walking around and staying active not only keeps you warm. It also helps improve focus. Staring at the computer screen for hours at a time may feel more productive, but without taking a break, you probably are not getting as much done as you could. It also will help spark your creativity.
- Get new technology. For those who enjoy any excuse for tech upgrades, you can find great USB hand warmers, heated chairs, or even a heated keyboard.
- Bring warmer foods for lunch and snacks. You can even use the cold as an excuse to grab that second cup of hot coffee. Bring some soup or leftover pasta to keep yourself warm during the midday when focus can wane.
- Consider greener alternatives. For someone who is environmentally-conscious, blasting the A/C can be even more painful than just the loss of focus (and the feeling in your fingers). If there is just one person in the office who keeps the temperature down low, suggest a personal fan that will both take less energy and stop hampering others’ productivity. And if that doesn’t work, consider making your office greener in different ways to make up for the wasted electricity! Reducing paper use by using email and cloud computing more will help a lot.
Regardless of your personal office situation, communicating the issue in a constructive manner can sometimes make all the difference.