It looks as though we might finally be getting some weather that finally resembles summer. The sunshine is great on your days off, but not so great when you’re stuck in an office.
As the temperatures warm up you might notice the general enthusiasm of you and your staff goes down a bit and you all start to feel the pressure of being stuck of a poorly ventilated workplace. So, what can you do to make sure everyone stays cool in the heat?
- Drink plenty of water
- It’s important to stay hydrated all the time, but during the summer when it’s hot and you’re sweating a lot, then drinking water becomes even more important.
- Keep a water bottle with you, so you can sip it throughout the day.
- You can easily buy a reusable one and keep it filled up, whether you’re in the office or out and about.
- Shut windows.
- I know it sounds contradictory, but by keeping the windows shut and the curtains / blinds closed it keeps the room cooler.
- Once the temperature gets cooler outside, open the windows to let that cool air in.
- In the really hot weather, it might be worth relaxing the dress code. I’m not advocating staff come in wearing their swimsuits (it’s not “Love Island”) but give employees the opportunity to wear loose, cool clothing.
- Also ensure you have sunglasses and a hat and wear sunscreen, put it on in a morning and maybe get into the habit of carrying some in your handbag or car, particularly if you drive a convertible.
- Desk Fans
- If your office isn’t air conditioned then a desk fan is a good investment, you can pick them up relatively cheaply.
- I have one that plugs into a USB port in my computer.
- Flexible Working Hours.
- If possible, it might be worth on the hottest days, introducing flexible working hours, allow staff to come in earlier and get stuff done whilst the weather is a little cooler.
- It might be that some staff can work from home.
Also, as we’re called Dalmatian, we want to make sure that if you have pets, that you make sure they’re coping with the hot weather, this BBC article has lots of great tips on keeping your furry friends cool this summer.