Staying Cool In The Office
The whole of the UK has been loving the heat this week, and with summer here we have been trying to keep our office cool. Here are some of the easiest things you can do to stay happy in the scorching heat.
Keep The Blinds Down
keep the sun out! Whilst it might feel strange to close out the sun we’ve been longing for all winter, it’s the best thing to prevent the office from becoming a “greenhouse”. Our shielded buildings and double glazing are quite good at retaining heat, but not the best and letting it out.
Use The Sunset Air
Opening the windows can often make things worse for the whole team, especially if your office has Air-Con, as all you’re doing is letting the cool air out and the warm in. If it’s 25+ degrees outside, then the possibility is that your sheltered office will be cooler than outside, contain the heat! If possible, you can have the windows open later in the day and let the evening air circulate through and cool the office off.
Skip A Massive Lunch
Research has shown that a big lunch means your body has to work harder to digest it, increasing your internal temperature. Eating smaller things throughout the day will alleviate this, and prevent you feeling tired and sluggish, which the heat will only make worse.
Provide Staff With Personal Fans
If your office doesn’t have air-con and getting air-con installed isn’t an option, make sure there is an acceptable supply of personal fans for your staff to use. Your staff can keep cool and it will encourage them to keep their desks clear of excess fly-away paper!
For the creative people who don’t have Air-con, you can simply place a bowl of ice underneath a desk fan for some personalised Air-Con. If you can breathe into a cup of ice it can also give a rush of cold air, which is probably worth trying if nothing else seems to be working.
Calm Your Pulse Points
You can deliver instant relief by cooling your pulse points. An easy way is to run cold water over your wrists, which will help to pinpoint the source of your high temperature!
Ease Off The Hot Drinks
Hot drinks are usually not a great bad idea in the warm weather, but the caffeine will increase your heart rate, raising your own temperature. If you do need that boost, or caffeine in the morning, perhaps try a simple iced tea or coffee? The best thing to do is keep hydrated, and drink plenty of water.
Treat Your Staff To An Ice Cream!
In the heat this would be a real boost morale more than it will actually cool your staff down but treating your staff to a refreshing treat during the hot summer weather will make them feel revitalised and give them a positive push through the hot and draining weather.
If you were struggling to stay cool during the hot summer days, these tips will hopefully provide some relief.
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