During the past few weeks we have experienced record temperatures in the UK, which have been fantastic for weekends in the sun – but what about productivity at work?
Providing a comfortable working environment where teams have everything they need to work efficiently is essential, but how do we do this during a freak heatwave?
As the heat can also contribute to feeling overwhelmed with workloads and loss of concentration we have collected some top tips for you to implement for your team during the summer to help them keep on track.
Tips for working in the heatwave
- Encourage remote working
Working from home during the heat means team members can wear what they want, keep cool in their own homes and feel more relaxed. By putting more emphasis on remote working your team will feel more relaxed, supported and therefore more productive.
- Don’t scrimp on the air con!
Making sure the office environment is as cool as possible is essential, this will make your team much more comfortable during the hot weather! Even though it can be expensive and time-consuming to ensure your air con or fans in the office are running correctly, it is worth its weight in productivity!
- Relax your dress code
If you operate the typical office dress code, be sure to relax this during the heat. Allow your team to wear shorts and loose clothing so they can feel comfortable when they’re in the office. Being comfortable and relaxed will boost efficiency and productivity of your team.
- Encourage them to keep hydrated
Office based teams often fall into the trap of having regular coffees and teas – but in this weather it’s essential to remain hydrated. Encourage your team to keep drinking lots of water and maybe reduce their coffees as this can have dehydrate the body.
- Enforce regular breaks
Taking a break from your desk to get some fresh air helps you to refocus on the task at hand – especially in this heat. Make sure to encourage your team to take at least 2 10-minute breaks a day along with their lunch – this will ensure they aren’t overdoing it.
Do you have tips for staying productive in the heatwave?
We hope you have found these tips useful, if you have any of your own to add that you find useful we’d love to hear from you!