Is there a link between office temperature comfort and productivity?

August 14th, 2018 by

shutterstock_554908342

Being in the commercial air conditioning business, it’s our job to ensure efficient, high-quality solutions are engineered for each of our clients. They rely on this effective temperature control for many things, but did you know that staff productivity is one of them?  Think about it for a moment… if it’s 30 degrees Celsius in an office, do you feel like working- or walking out and making a beeline for the beach?

For many years, it was common belief that the cooler the room temperature, the better office productivity. Scientific research conducted in Helsinki in 2006 even backed up this theory, however, a further study has surfaced and contradicted the verdict. Cornell University’s ergonomics study on office temperature revealed that “chilly workers” make more errors, whereas, workers in warm conditions had far fewer typing errors and significantly higher typing output.

While Helsinki concluded optimal office temperature to be 22 degrees Celsius, Cornell suggested a more “balmy” 25, as this was the point at which mistakes fell and output rose. As an added bonus, the study also found that warmer office climates produced warmer interpersonal communications between employees. Unsurprisingly, warmth is associated with feelings of affection, kindness and respect, and this was reflected in the way staff would interact.

Whatever temperature level you believe is optimal within your own personal office environment, it’s a fact that personal comfort among employees facilitates the best conditions for office productivity. Another factor to consider is humidity, which has a universally negative impact on office morale. In order to maintain superior air quality, minimal humidity and a consistent temperature, you’re going to need air conditioning solutions that are tailor designed to your office size and requirements.

At Equilibrium, we specialise in designing, installing and servicing climate control systems for commercial developments. We find the best solution for projects and we’re fully automated with computer aided estimating, design, drafting and management control. Our portfolio includes industries such as; healthcare, education, retail and industrial construct. All industries involving extensive amounts of employees and requiring top performance from them at all times.

If your commercial premises needs new or updated air conditioning solutions, don’t hesitate to contact our team on (02) 9439 4822.