Working in a heatwave during the summer holidays?..

Posted by Steve Roberts on June 6th 2016 - Latest News

Well, we were certainly blessed with sunshine in Cornwall during the half term holidays, and now we are being told that the sun is set to continue to blaze across the country. So, will you be working in a heatwave during the summer holidays?..

It has been predicted that London, the South East and the Midlands are going to catch the best of the rays, with temperatures possibly hitting the magical (or not so magical if you’re working in a stuffy environment) 90F (32C)… Forecasters are even predicting a sustained heatwave into the start of the school summer holidays.

Everyone’s view on the ‘right’ office temperatures can often best be described through Katy Perry’s lyrics: “You’re hot, then you’re cold. You’re yes, then you’re no…”

Is this a familiar sentiment? More often than not, getting your office to the ‘right’ temperature (aka ‘one that everyone can agree upon’) can feel like an uphill battle.

When Lauren is cold, Dave is hot, and then there’s John feeling perfectly content. The point is, we are all different and office temperatures can actually have a significant impact on people’s productivity and ability to perform in the workplace.

While it might seem impossible to please everyone, there are steps you can take to create a more comfortable working environment for yourself no matter what you’re feeling… freezing, sweating, or somewhere in between.

Here are some tips on staying comfortable in the UK’s unpredictable office climates in anticipation of a predicted summer heatwave:

1) Get a personal fan.
If your workplace isn’t blessed with air conditioning, then how do you replace humid air with cooler, drier air? Simple, by using a fan.

If you don’t have room for a large pedestal fan, then ask your boss for a fan on your desk.

2) Turn off unused electronics and heat sources.
It is highly likely that your workplace has a handful of electronics plugged in your office that no one is using. To reduce the unnecessary amount of heat created by these unused machines and lights, make an effort to turn some off (best to check with someone first though).

Not only will this help to create a cooler environment, but it will also help you save money on electricity. Sounds like a win-win to me!

3) Stay hydrated.
Water constitutes over half of our body mass. Not to mention we use water for prett much everything, from regulating body temperature, to moving joints, to carrying oxygen to the brain.

In an effort to stay cool, make sure that you drink a lot of water throughout the day. If you’re feeling sick of plain old water, add some fresh lemon and lime pieces.

4) Wear breathable fabric.
To keep cool, you need to be smart about the fabric you choose to wear… Linen or cotton for example.

5) Run your wrists under cold water.
This really does work!

Your wrist and neck both contain pulse points, and these are places where your blood vessels are close to the surface of your skin. Those pulse points are great access points for quick temperature change.

For a quick way to fight the heat, run your wrists under some cold water… Far easier and more practical then your neck!

6) Snack on cold food.
What better way to cool down than with an ice-cold snack? It can also serve as a healthy way for to chill down… A fruit smoothie must be healthy, surely?

How do you beat the heat and fight the cold in your office?… Why not share this article to Facebook and let us have your hints and tips.

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