Even today, there are many office buildings without air conditioning installed, despite numerous research and studies showing the effects office temperatures have on staff.
This research has shown that as many as one third of workers find their productivity decreasing because the temperature of the office is not suitable. 29% of workers are losing between 10 – 30 minutes daily because of not having sufficient air conditioning installed, and as many as 6% of workers admitted to losing more than 30 minutes productivity a day due to uncomfortable office temperatures.
These figures are quite alarming, as, when worked out as totals, the average UK business could be losing around 2% of office hours due to productivity, equating to approximately £13bn per year.
Research has shown that when it comes to office complaints received from employees, common issues are noise levels and amounts of personal space, but office temperature always seems to be the most common issue.
Requirements under the UK Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 state that ‘during working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable.’ However, UK law does not state what exactly minimum and maximum temperatures are, though the figures above speak for themselves when it comes to office temperature impacts.
Air conditioning provides many benefits in any office or workplace. Not only does it allow you to regulate the temperature and therefore increase worker productivity, but it also improves air quality as modern air conditioning systems have the ability to effectively filter out dust and allergens, as well as reducing odors. This can lead to healthier workforces by reducing allergens, coughs, and respiratory problems.
If your office and workforce could benefit from air conditioning, then get in touch with us today to discuss your requirements.