Effectively managing an office can be a complex task at the best of times, however when cold weather strikes it brings with it an influx of new hazards and potential pitfalls. While we do in general experience far fewer extreme weather events than a great many nations around the world, shifts in global climate appear set to increase these events and, let’s be honest, our country somewhat falls apart at the first hint of snow; as such, adequate preparation and understanding are key when such occurrences do arise.

First and foremost you most have a thorough understanding of the potential hazards that cold weather brings. For one, slips and falls are much more likely if rain, snow or frost is present. Care must be taken to keep the floors clean and dry, or some poor soul may pay the price for your lack of care and attention. Appropriate signage is also a must.

Snow and ice in particular can also cause problems not just in the office, but on the journey to the workplace as well. Expect some disruptions due to travel conditions during these times; you would rather your staff be late than injured.

One element over which you have decidedly more control is the conditions within the office itself. Failing to ensure that a comfortable temperature is maintained throughout the premises can lead to a myriad of issues for your staff in terms of both their physical wellbeing, brought on primarily of course due to the cold itself, and their mental health via factors such as increased stress. Check your heating systems in advance of an expected temperature plunge to ensure all is in working order; however don’t crank it up so high that staff suffer with the exact opposite issue.

Health and safety procedures must be followed properly to reduce to risk of injury to the workforce and any visitors. This means having wet floor or cautionary signs where necessary, as well as grit or appropriate ways to deal with slipping hazards.

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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