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The effect of the temperature
Many people believe that office conditions can influence our work. For a __long__ time achieving a comfortable room temperature in hot climates was a constant struggle. Research discovered an obvious fact: finding an office temperature to __please__ everyone all the time is basically impossible. “Part of the problem is trying to work out the “correct” temperature. It depends __on__ what you’re measuring,” said researcher David House.
One study __looked__ at the impact of the room temperature on worker productivity, by tracking the activity of managers in an office. __Although__ it measured the activity of just nine women, the results were impressive. At 25°C they were typing non-stop with an error rate of just 10%. When the temperature dropped to 20°C, they were half as productive, more than doubling the number of mistakes.
But it’s not quite that simple. When students in the other study were asked to solve a math problem in either a cool or a warm room, the group in the cooler room __succeeded__ in this task twice as often. It means that complex decisions are more difficult when we’re warm. When the temperature is above 27°C, we’re not so good at mathematics.
In fact, the room temperature can do more than influence your productivity – it can change the way you think. Warm environments are better for creative thinking, while cooler workplaces are thought to __keep__ people active during repetitive or monotonous tasks.