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Want to Be More Productive? Adjust the Temperature

In today’s world, where the feeling of drowning in work has become all too familiar, it’s refreshing to hear that our inability to complete our to-do lists isn’t totally our fault.

For example: According to research done by heating and ventilation company Andrews Sykes, office temperature directly impacts worker productivity. If you think about all those times you’re shivering in your seat or adjusting the fan instead of working on that proposal, it makes sense; and turns out, you can’t fully be productive if temperatures are above 91.5 degrees F or below 55 degrees F.

The ideal temperature? Cornell University recommends 77 degrees F, and Helsinki University recommends 71.5. But, at the end of the day, it comes down to your team’s preferences. Facebook’s meeting rooms are set at 59, and that seems to be working just fine.

Check out the infographic below to see how office temperatures are hindering your work—and what you can do to fix it. But remember, as helpful as this information is, you probably shouldn’t use the thermostat as an excuse for your next late assignment.

Infographic courtesy of Andrews Sykes. Photo of people around heater courtesy of Shutterstock.

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