Summer of 2018 has certainly been a hot one. The MET office has declared it joint hottest on record (with 2006, 2003 and 1976).

With the weather has come the inevitable debate of workplace temperatures. With everyone preferring a specific temperature, it can be hard to keep everyone happy with the room temp.

 

The Law on Office Temperatures

Currently, The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 states that nobody should work below the temperature of 16°C (or 13°C where work requires considerable physical activity).

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However, the downside is that there isn’t at current a maximum working temperature in the UK. Trades Union Congress (TUC) is now campaigning for a maximum legal temperature for indoor workplaces of 30°C (27°C where work requires considerable physical activity).

 

Too Hot to Handle, Too Cold to Function

We all have our own preference when it comes to the perfect temperature. It’s much like Goldilocks and the three bears. So it’s no surprise that 2 in 5 co-workers (42%) argue over office temperature.

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Interestingly, 41% of those surveyed felt they were too cold. Leaving 36% feeling it was too hot to type. This means a reasonably even split of those too hot, too cold and just right.

On top of this, 4 in 10 of those surveyed said they worked with someone who is always chilly, even when everyone else is feeling the heat.

 

There Will Be Consequences…

As a result of the weather, 31% of the 2000 workers studied claimed to be guilty of excuses to get out of the office and into the sun during working hours.

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Worse still, 33% pulled a sickie due to weather conditions. With 10% using the excuse of an unwell relative.

Although it’s not surprising when you find that 1 in 4 of workers would rather be making the most of the weather. With more than 50% feeling glum being stuck indoors.

 

‘Sun Days’ or Climate Control?

Some workers have suggested the idea of having “sun days” included per year, 12 days on top of bank holidays. Although this may sound frivolous, it has a good point behind it.

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Us Britons are pretty terrible when it comes to Vitamin D. In fact, 1 in 5 of us have low levels of it – which can lead to poor musculoskeletal health. The sun actually helps us to produce this vitamin, so sitting in the sun is actually quite important.

On the flip side, there is a call for better controlled temperatures in working environments. 66% of employees wish that their employer would create a permanent solution to office temperatures.

So, for now, we all have to slave away in the heat. But try to be nicer to your co-workers, okay?

 

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