Thursday, July 21, 2011

Indoor or out, heat hurts work productivity

Productivity suffers in the heat, whether you are working outside or indoors, experts say. It’s brutal to work outdoors during a heat wave, but even workers in air conditioned offices lose their edge. Office workers’ productivity peaks at 71 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit, said William Fisk, a senior scientist Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In a study published recently in “Indoor Air,” a journal about indoor health and environment, Fisk and two colleagues found that office buildings often have poorly controlled temperatures. More>