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How Temperature Monitoring Can Improve Workplace Efficiency

Posted on November 15, 2019

When it comes to workplace efficiency, one of the most critical factors that many people overlook is employee comfort. Uncomfortable employees are less productive employees. Temperature is key amongst a list of factors to ensure employees are kept as comfortable as possible but controlling and monitoring it has previously been difficult and inefficient.

Effect of temperature on productivity

A study conducted in 2014 produced a number of interesting figures relating to workplace temperature.

80% of office workers complain about the temperature in their workplace, and 29% of workers spend between 10 and 30 minutes each day not working as a result of thermal discomfort.

Annually, this is anticipated to cost the U.K. economy alone £13 billion. While there are no legal limits regarding workplace temperature for offices, employers stand to lose a lot from failing to monitor employee comfort in this way.

However, if more than 10% of employees register a complaint, the employer has a legal obligation to asses the situation.

The optimal office temperature is theorised to be somewhere between 21 and 23 degrees Celsius, with 21 marking the productivity sweet spot.

Monitoring and controlling temperature

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The key to avoiding thermal discomfort amongst employees is temperature monitoring and responsive temperature control.

Rather than merely making a rough guess about how comfortable the working conditions of an office are, the intelligent and increasingly utilised solution is temperature monitoring systems.

These arrays of sensors and transmitters can be linked directly into a building’s HVAC system or the equivalent, allowing for instantaneous, responsive temperature control.

This ensures that workplace temperatures can be kept consistently comfortable, but also increases energy efficiency as temperature control systems are only utilised when necessary.

These benefits and usages can also be carried over to offices that operate server rooms, where temperature control is vital to avoid system malfunctions.

To learn more about how smart, responsive temperature monitoring could boost your workplace productivity, get in touch today.

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