Chris Meredith from office space rental agency London Offices, shares his tips to help keep the office and its employees cool this summer
With summer well and truly on its way, the workplace is likely to become much warmer and overheat, resulting in employees suffering and sweltering the day away.
But there are some ways employers can try and keep the working environment cool; avoid the desire to go on a sunny walk, invest in a personal fan and keep hydrated.
“Keeping cool at work is crucial to making sure that employees stay comfortable, alert and productive throughout the working day,” said Chris Meredith from London Offices.
“If the building doesn’t have air-conditioning it can start to feel more like a sauna than an office, so finding other ways to reduce the temperature is a must.
“Most of these solutions are simple but effective ways to keep your office thermometer from going into overdrive, so if you can’t stand the heat at work you might want to try a few of them out.”
Check out the complete list of tips below:
1. Dress appropriately
If you want to stay cool at work, the first thing you should look at is what you’re wearing. Thick shirts are perfect for winter, but wearing them in the scorching heat leaves hideous sweat patches. Make sure you’re dressed appropriately, otherwise you’ll be in permanent discomfort from the start of your day until the end.
2. Personal fans
Getting your own fan is an investment that will go a long way, particularly if your office doesn’t have air-con. Prop one up next to your office computer, and the only time you’ll need to worry about the heat is whenever you get up from your desk.
3. Keep hydrated
This may sound obvious, but a lot of office workers tend to forget that being sat at your desk for most of the day doesn’t mean you’re not quickly dehydrating. Try putting a water bottle in the freezer overnight, meaning that the next day you’ll have a constant supply of ice cold water throughout the day.
4. Cut out the coffee
Having a hot drink at work doesn’t mean that your body will start to feel hotter, but the caffeine in tea and coffee can increase heart rate and subsequently blood flow, causing your temperature to rise.
5. Avoid a big lunch
Small meals are a must if you don’t want to become too overheated and sluggish at work. Eating big portions means that your metabolism must work harder to digest it, which increases your bodies’ temperature.
6. Keep windows closed
Naturally, you’ll be inclined to think that opening a window lets in a breeze and therefore cancels out the hot air in your office. In fact, the complete opposite is true, as having windows open replaces the cold air you built up in your office with the outdoor heat.
7. Avoid your lunchtime walk
When sat at your desk all day, there’s nothing you want more than to get outside on your lunchbreak and go for a stroll. Of course, in sweltering heat it only takes a quick walk around the office block to leave you dripping in sweat, so as painful as it may feel, your best bet is to stay inside so you’re close to the cooler air.
8. Keep the blinds closed
As much as we all enjoy working in offices with plenty of windows, if the piercing sun is proving to much then it’s time to close those blinds. You’ll have to work by artificial light, but you’ll be a lot cooler for doing so.
9. Water on your wrists
You might look slightly bizarre going to the bathroom and running your wrists under the tap, but this cools the main veins that run through them and will lower the temperature of your blood flow.
10. Avoid electronic devices
Phones, computers, tablets; electronic devices are crucial to the day-to-day working of office life, but they also give off a lot of heat. It’s impossible to avoid using them whilst at work, but limiting your usage wherever possible can keep you that extra bit cooler.