The Link Between Weather and Productivity

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The Link Between Weather and Productivity

While many occupations are driven by weather, not every job requires ideal weather conditions. However, studies have found that environmental and weather conditions can influence job satisfaction and even employee productivity. According to a survey of more than 6,000 workers, one-in-ten workers say they tend to be less productive on days when there is gloomy weather. Rain is cited as the weather attribute that most negatively impacts employee demeanor.

One well-known disorder that shows how weather affects work productivity is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a form of depression that negatively impacts how people react to weather. Studies have shown that those who are impacted by SAD tend to be less productive during the annual changing of the seasons, when it is raining or when there is a lack of sun. However, people who are not suffering from SAD can still find that certain weather conditions can result in different degrees of productivity.

Each individual handles weather changes differently; some are negatively impacted by rain, while others may find that a bright sunny day leads to lower productivity since they would prefer to be outside enjoying the day.

Rainy days: Many people are negatively impacted by rainy days. Gloomy weather generally seems to have a negative impact on mood. People feel less motivated, may not want to get up out of bed and, therefore, this type of weather can affect work output.

Sunny days: For most, a bright and sunny day means they tend to be more productive. This is because the sunlight tends to have a positive impact on personal outlook and results in being able to approach tasks with a more positive outlook. A bright sunny day usually results in higher productivity than a gloomy day.

Bad weather: Inclement weather can result in a higher number of absences from work. According to the survey, one-in-five employees have called in sick due to snowy or icy conditions. Workers in the Northeast are the most likely to call in sick due to bad weather conditions compared to Southern regions with typically warmer climates. While this is generally because they are concerned about their safety, it will always have a negative impact on productivity.

In addition to productivity, weather can impact employee moods and how they interact with their co-workers. Thirty-two per cent of workers say they tend to have a happier disposition when it’s sunny or warm outside, while 12 per cent report feeling sadder or angrier on gloomy days. In an office setting, temperatures in excess of 23° Celsius are associated with feelings of stuffiness, discomfort and restlessness thereby reducing efficiency on the job. Workers typically are more productive within a certain range of temperatures. While what is considered the ideal office temperature can vary, it generally is considered to be between 21.1° to 22.8° Celsius. According to CareerBuilder, 10 per cent of office workers surveyed have fought with co-workers about the workplace temperature. Squabbling among employees also reduces productivity. Comfort issues such as being too hot or too cold can be extremely distracting and can become a significant source of employee dissatisfaction.

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