We’re always surprised when good weather hits us. So what can we do when the weather improves to make working in an office a bit more bearable?
Check the weather every morning
Don’t get caught out. It takes a couple of seconds to look at the weather online every morning. That way you can plan for the day ahead by choosing the appropriate clothes that won’t leave you melting by the time you get to the office.
Relax the dress code
On the subject of wondering what to where, if you haven’t already, consider easing off on the dress code. No one wants to wear suits and ties in the summer. This doesn’t mean everyone whipping out the flip flops around the office but it’s worth giving your workers a bit more freedom, particularly in the summer if you want to keep them happy.
You should be drinking this everyday anyway but make sure you’re keeping hydrated in the heat. If you’ve got access to cold water then this will help keep you cool too. Make sure your workers are close enough to access water. If they’re not, then a water cooler might be needed.
Crack out the fans
If your office doesn’t have fancy air conditioning like most ones in Britain, then fans are your next best friend. If you’ve already got some, then crack them out and place them strategically so that everyone gets a bit of breeze.
If not, think about investing in some fans that will last you a few summers to come. If electric fans aren’t an option for whatever then maybe handheld fans would be a better and cheaper option.
Encourage ice cream runs
If you’ve got a couple of hot days coming up why not bring in a few boxes of ice creams or lollies? Having the freezer stocked with ice cream will definitely help with morale and is relatively cheap to do every now and then.
The rise of frozen yogurt places is a good opportunity to have something a bit healthier but also satisfying in the hot weather. Some places do deliveries too so you might not have to even venture out of the office.
Prepare cold lunches
Avoid soups, stews and jacket potatoes which are great for warming you up in the winter but are not so good in the summer.
In hot weather you’re more likely to want something a bit lighter, like wraps or salads which are usually a healthier option anyway. This is a good opportunity to get into the habit of eating healthy in the summer and try to keep it going all year round.
Have an early finish
Why not treat your workers to an early finish at the end of a long, sunny week? Even if it’s just an hour early, your employees will thank you for being able to start their weekend early.
How’s summer at your office? Have you got a plan in place to keep workers happy? Let us know how you’re getting on as the temperatures fire up!
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