Spring is in the air and the thoughts of cold weather are being pushed firmly to the back of your mind as the sun is starting to shine. For all but the most avid lover of winter, this means better moods, more motivation to get out of bed in the morning and an added spring in your step.
But how does the warmer weather impact life in the office?
What does it mean for office productivity?
Are office workers more productive and efficient during the summer months? Or, do you get more work done during winter, when there’s nothing but rain and grey skies awaiting outside?
Let’s explore when you are likely to be most productive.
Temptation and Distraction
Some studies have shown that warmer weather can lower employee productivity by as much as 20% and increase distraction by a whopping 45%.
This is understandable if you are sitting in an air-conditioned office with the blue sky shining in through the large windows. Especially if you can see people out enjoying the sunshine. It can be easy to daydream and lose focus if you are longing to head to the beach.
However, you can turn this temptation around to your business’ benefit. Other studies have proven that reducing employee work hours during summer provides a marked increase in productivity. Rather than finding “busywork” to pass the time until 5 o'clock rolls around, cutting the day short and offering the reward of an early knock off can encourage people to be efficient, getting more work done than they would have otherwise.
Although rainy, winter weather doesn’t usually have your employees desperate to run out into the cold, it can reduce energy levels and decrease productivity. Everyone knows that rainy days are perfect for sleeping - the sound of rain on the roof is relaxing and signals nap time for many of us. Sleepiness is so helpful for being alert and on the ball.
On the flip side, sunshine provides us with energy. It wakes up the brain and gets those synapses firing. Even if you are in an office out of the sun, you are still exposed to the energy boost on the way to work and during breaks, so it is still effective.
It wakes up the brain and gets those synapses firing. Even if you are in an office out of the sun, you are still exposed to the energy boost on the way to work and during breaks, so it is still effective.
Be mindful of that during summer, workers do tend to sneak a few extra minutes in. Research has shown that 30% of office workers extend their lunch breaks by around 13 minutes on summer days!
Get the Blood Flowing
If productivity is heading out the window as the sun shines in, then supporting staff to take exercise breaks is a great way to boost productivity and motivation in the office. Exercise reduces stress and anxiety and can refresh “stuck” minds. Summer is the perfect time for people to take 20 minutes out for a walk or run and return to their desks revitalized and raring to go!
Regardless of the weather outside, onsite chair massage is one of the best ways to improve concentration and focus, as well as lowering stress levels. Not only does it help relieve aches and pains from sitting all day and help long term health issues like tension headaches, and RSI, massage also gives the brain a break. It reduces anxiety and tension, helping your mind to focus when you get back on the job.
So if the approaching summer is sucking away all your office productivity, let our Bodyworkz superheroes massage it back in! Get in touch to book your productivity boosting session today.
Susy Egneus -
Founder of Bodyworkz, sharing thoughts, facts and ideas about living a stress free life, and what mobile chair massage is all about!