Most everyone wishes they could boost their productivity but it often seems impossible. A recent article at Business.com, From Sunshine to Rain: How the Weather Affects Your Productivity, shows that the weather can have a huge impact on how productive we are.
More sunshine means more alertness
When the weather’s bright as can be, employees are more easily able to stay on task. Bright light serves numerous functions, including keeping our brains awake, attentive, and alert. The boost is also partially credited with employees wanting to get done with their tasks as soon as possible so they can enjoy the sunshine. That said, skies that are too blue can be a distraction in themselves, as you’ll want to stare at the beautiful view. One great option is sheer curtains, which let in maximum sunlight but can keep distracting views hidden when you need them to be.
Motivation dips on cloudy days
An interesting point the article points out is that though cloudy weather can actually decrease distractions and help employees stay focused, it can also reduce their motivation. Further, many people feel tired on cloudy days. When the sunshine is hidden and the workspace is dark, the brain gets the message that it’s time to relax and wind down for the day.
Poor lighting can exacerbate problems
If the day is already cloudy and then the office has poor lighting, it’s no surprise that productivity can dip again. Look for plenty of overhead lighting, including high-quality desk lamps. Switch to LED light bulbs because they offer brighter, more natural light.
It’s harder to be productive in a hot office
If you’re seeing productivity plummet, then one of the first things to look at is the heat in your office. The body needs more energy to move when body temperatures are higher. Fatigue caused by heat can lead to dizziness, confusion, and nausea. The most common reasons for a hot workplace are bad ventilation, lack of window coverings, and poor insulation.
At Half Price Drapes, we know that keeping employees happy is part of keeping them productive. Remember that creating the perfect office space involves creating a space your employees will feel comfortable in and a space they’ll look forward to returning to. Decorate with lots of plants, beautiful window treatments, and high-quality office furniture and watch productivity shoot through the roof.