The heatwave may have subsided for now, but employees across the country are still reeling from the hot and sweaty office conditions. For employers, that usually means uncomfortable staff and a drop in productivity.
But what does the law say? And has your office been too hot to handle? Don’t worry. There are ways to fix it. Read on as we look at how to prepare ahead for the next sudden burst of heat.
The law on workplace temperatures
Although many people were struggling in the recent UK heatwave, there is unfortunately no law that determines when it’s too hot to work or even when it’s too cold to work. However, guidance from the government does suggest that there should be a minimum of 16ºC or 13ºC if employees are doing physical work.
Despite not being a legal requirement, keeping the work place a comfortable environment is important for the health and safety of your employees – something that should be high on your agenda. This includes maintaining a suitable temperature along with providing clean and fresh air.
How to prepare for a heatwave
The sun may have taken a break, but it’s important that employers always take health and safety at work seriously. And this includes the temperature of the office.
Ensuring the office is cool in hot conditions will improve morale and could boost productivity. But how? Air-conditioning and fans are sure-fire ways to keep temperatures at a sensible level, but don’t worry if this isn’t possible. Here are our top tips to keep the office cool…
Keep the blinds shut
When the sun is shining, shaded areas are a good place to keep cool. And it’s no different in the office. Keep the blinds shut to stop sunlight glaring in and heating the room.
Switch off heat-generating items
Appliances that are left on standby or switched on all day can generate heat, which only makes the office more uncomfortable. With that in mind, an effective way of keeping things cool is by turning off electrical items, where possible. This will also reduce how much electricity you use – a win-win.
If possible, try introducing flexible working hours. While this might not be viable for certain roles, flexi-time allows people to work or commute earlier or later, when temperatures are slightly cooler.
It’s no surprise that one way to keep cool in the heat is to stay hydrated. Encourage everyone to carry a bottle of water and let your employees take regular breaks – especially if they are sat at their desk all day.
Relax the dress code
Want to feel comfortable in the hot conditions? If suitable, why not relax the dress code and let your employees wear lightweight summer clothing? It might simply be a case of removing the tie or rolling up the sleeves, but it’s good to be clear with the rules so employees can feel cooler while they work.
Find the perfect office space for you
It’s much harder to keep your office cool without air conditioning or adequate windows. Fortunately, with Anvic you don’t have to put up with substandard conditions. Whether it’s keeping the temperatures down or searching for the perfect location, our friendly team can match you with the ideal serviced office space across Burnley and Manchester. Get in touch today for more information