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Work productivity management tips: How is the weather today?

admin July 14, 2015

Autumn has sprung, the heat of summer drives you crazy and the cold, dreary days of winter are around the corner. As everyone knows, the weather has a big impact to your behavior in a day, but a recent research also has revealed it has influenced your employees’ (and your, too) work productivity in an unexpected way.

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Discussing the weather only used to be drudgery saved for only the most boring acquaintances. But in the age of temperature record in every reason, the Internet actually turned it into a new tune. How do you feel when working in a terrible weather day? Most people believe that bad weather conditions reduce productivity, but as a surprise, the researcher has found that when the weather turns bad outside, employees are more productive at their jobs.

So, how was it be recognized? A survey conducted at a Japanese bank, the researchers measured the needed time for workers to complete data-entry tasks. The building was in a place where had many windows to see the weather outside. They found that, as a result, for every inch of rain that fell, there was a 1.3% decrease in completion time for these tasks.


In another survey, 329 participants provided their zip codes as the researchers could match weather data to their surveys. They were asked to think about the weather on that day, then to find spelling errors in an essay. Again, it found that bad weather was accompanied with increased speed and accuracy. Their justification is quite reasonable: When the weather is bad, we tend to concentrate more on our work than all the fun activities we could participate in the outside.

             Equally influenced, weather could affect to emotion, mood and risk decision in some jobs which requires making a decision like investors, stockbrokers. On sunny days in New York, Dow stock prices between 1948 to 2010 were positively correlated. And the weather effects in the 1990s, when were most pronounced as many non-professional investors who were easy to psychological biases (like taking more risks on a sunny day) entered the market.

These results above suggested that managers can take advantage of them to assign an easier work on sunny days, and harder one on gloomy days, to help workers are more likely to be focused. Also, keep workers warm in the winter, and cool in the summer


70-72ºF (21-22ºC) is the temperature range that will make you the most productivity

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