The winter season carries with it many joys, from the merriment of festivities to the inviting prospect of time off to spend with loved ones; however the colder months also carry with them a few notable downsides which extend over to the workplace and the productivity level of the workforce within. Having said that, there are some simple ways to pre-empt to onset of these seasonal drops and act accordingly to alleviate much of the negative impact.

Of course the first thing you will likely think of when imagining the winter months is a severe drop in temperature, and this can have an effect on the working day. Statistics show that a few degrees difference can result in a 5% reduction to productivity levels, and so finding ways to properly manage the temperature and maintain comfortable levels is of paramount importance. Research indicates that temperature is in fact the most common cause of frustration in the workplace, and as such we’ve spoken at length about the importance of temperature control in offices in the past. For an insight into a few innovative techniques that may help you when it comes to effective temperature control, see our previous article on the subject.

Of course a drop in temperature is not the only result of winter’s onset; daylight too becomes relatively scarce. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a common side-effect of this lack of access to natural light and can leave those affected feeling sluggish, irritable, and ultimately unproductive. There are however a few things you can do around the office to lessen the likelihood of a serious issue.

The position of your lighting systems is perhaps the most obvious consideration. Care should be taken to ensure that all areas of the office are adequately lit, or eye problems are sure to become an issue long before SAD has a chance to take hold.

The colour of the provided lighting can also have a surprising effect, as revealed by research conducted by Mariana Figueiro, a professor at the Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, who found that by utilising some very specific colours and wavelengths you could substantially boost the alertness of your team.

One final way top greatly counteract the onset of SAD is to fill the office with vibrant greenery and plant life. For an more in-depth look at how the presence of greenery in an office environment can impact upon the wellbeing and productivity of the workforce, take a look at our previous article.


Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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