The temperatures are creeping higher and higher as the spring days turn to summer. For some of us, that means the dread of an office that is increasingly just a little too warm. Whether it’s because of a boss who is a bit too enthusiastic about keeping costs down, or due to an old HVAC system that has lost its ability to keep things cool, a warm office can be a nightmare. There have been quite a few studies showing that uncomfortable work environments can cause employee productivity to drop. When the temperature of your cubicle feels like the surface of the Sun, it’s easy to become distracted.
A hot office doesn’t have to ruin your day. With a little strategy, you can set up a perfectly comfortable cubicle even if the rest of the office is roasting to death. Don’t forget the bonus points for being the most comfortable person in the office, resulting in increased productivity…get ready to receive a lot of compliments from the boss!
Invest in a Small Fan
One of the easiest things you can do to keep your office space cooler is purchasing a fan. Amazon has many personal sized fans available for sale, in a wide range of styles. Some models even come with a cooling mist option, creating an even more comfortable environment. Once you find a fan that’s right for you, set it up in a location that will provide comfortable air flow all day. You will feel much better, even if the temperature rises the moment you step away from that blissful breeze.
When you are dehydrated, your body has trouble regulating your body temperature, which is why it’s so important to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will help you stay cool, especially if you are drinking ice cold water. If you aren’t good about drinking water, find other cold beverages that will encourage you to drink more throughout the day. Skip the hot coffee in the morning as well – instead, opt for an iced version that will help you to start the day in your office at a lower temperature.
Eat Smaller Meals
Instead of opting to eat a huge lunch that will leave you feeling lethargic and overheated opt for a smaller meal with snacks throughout the day. Eating light will help you feel cooler than indulging in a big meal, and healthy snacks throughout the day can help to keep you feeling satiated without the heaviness of a large meal. Plus, you can focus on snacks that will help you stay cooler, such as frozen fruits.
Go Au Naturale…With Fabric Choices
Sometimes we forget that our clothes can make a huge difference in how we react to temperature. Naturally, no one would opt to wear a wool sweater in the summer, but have you thought about how synthetic fabrics respond to warmth? A lot of them hold heat and moisture against your body, not allowing your skin to breathe. Natural fabrics like cotton and linen, however, let air easily flow in and out of the weave, leaving you feeling much more comfortable in the hot weather. Layering these fabrics will allow you to customize your comfort level as well so that you can quickly adjust to match your environment.
Turn Off Extra Electronics
Have you ever noticed how much extra heat a single desk lamp can give off throughout the day? Many electronic devices can become little heaters, omitting heat anytime they are in use or waiting in standby mode while plugged in. If you have a lot of these devices around your desk at work, it’s time to power them down. You will be amazed at how much of a temperature drop can occur from this one simple trick.
Try a Cooling Seat Cushion
Another device you can find online to keep you cool? The amazing cooling seat cushion. Usually filled with gel, these cushions can prevent you from feeling becoming overheated in your office chair. Combine this with a fan and a nice glass of water or iced tea, and you will have your own little paradise while your co-workers suffer from Sahara-like temperatures.
Work from Home
Depending on the flexibility of your office management, a horrible office environment may offer a great case for working from home. Now is a very good time to refer to those studies on productivity! Seriously though, if your office is uncomfortably hot and nothing seems to lower the temperature, it may be helpful to work from home during the hottest parts of the day. If you can’t do that, it may be possible to escape to a local café or coffee shop for a few hours to get some work done in a comfortable environment.