Creating a safe and comfortable work environment is not only a “must-do” for every business but also the correct formula applied in the office productivity equation.
Whether you’re an employee or employer, you might want to consider the ABCs of office temperatures that bring some answers right in front of you.
The office-based Australian companies (as well as any other business across the world), most importantly rely on the productivity of their employees. Whether they are call centre agents, IT specialists, editors or directors, there is a common ground when it comes to the business productivity: create a safe and comfortable workplace.
While the first factor is enforced by strict procedures, guidelines and trainings, we’d like to focus our attention on the second one. On a physical (and even psychological level), an employee feels most comfortable when the AC is set at the room temperature.
In the following lines, we put together top facts about office temperature:
A. What is the recommended office temperature range?
As mentioned in the work health and safety legislation of Queensland, the office buildings should be capable of maintaining a temperature range that is comfortable and suitable to all employees.
It is generally accepted that optimal comfort for sedentary work is between 20°C and 26°C, depending on the time of year and seasonal weather conditions.
B.What are the health effects of “too high” or “too low” temperatures?
After “mythbusting”, in one of the previous blogs, the false belief that exposing yourself to air conditioning would give you a cold (read the full article here) we’d like to further emphasise the importance of AC.
Temperature affects productivity! Recent studies show that productivity can decrease by up to 20% if the temperature is so uncomfortable that it causes a distraction to the employee.
Outside the comfort range, there could be minor to major symptoms such as:
- Mental discomfort: increased irritability, efficiency and concentration loss
- Psychological discomfort: heavy load on heart and circulation or even fatigue and risk of exhaustion
C. What is the importance of the thermostat’s placement?
Some older buildings with out of date heating and cooling systems can have uneven results, same as an office might have two or more distinct climates under one roof.
As a matter of fact, poorly designed and maintained air conditioning systems could deliver too much heat or cold to one part of the office and not enough to other sides.
In order to overcome this issue, we advise you to repair or replace the AC system and also check that the thermostat has not been located directly in the air flow from an air conditioning vent. This way, the heat or cold will be evenly dispersed and all employees will benefit from a comfortable environment throughout the office.
Lessons learned! Although these ABCs are the very basics of office temperatures and how to get them right, we are ready to move on with the rest of “the alphabet” to learn about, understand and overcome what is called nowadays “the office temperatures war”.
If you want to enquire more info about AC installation and service, contact one of our friendly experts at Jaric AC today!
Stay comfortable and productive!