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How cold offices affect your productivity


It's usually pretty cold in the FOX 10 newsroom. Many employees keep jackets and blankets at their desks to bundle up.

But the cold isn't just affecting our comfort, it's also affecting how productive we are.

It seems like the hotter it is outside, the colder it is inside your office.

Cornell University recently did a study on how the temperature in your workplace could actually impact the way you work.

"I think there's sometimes this myth that the colder it is that somehow you're going to be more awake but the fact is that research shows that your air rates tend to go up and you tend to be more uncomfortable and who works better when you uncomfortable, no one that I know of," said Michael "Dr. Woody" Woodward, executive coach & author of "The You Plan."

The study suggests that raising the temperature from 68 degrees to 77 degrees cuts down on typing errors by 44 percent and it increased productivity by 150 percent.

Research also shows that when it's cold, people tend to isolate themselves more.

If you want workers to collaborate more, turn up the temperature.

What can you do if your workplace is just too cold? Speak up.

Let someone know the temperature is uncomfortable and it's impacting how much work gets done, keep a jacket at your desk or you can even get a small space heater.

The trick is to find a comfortable temperature so that the cold doesn't distract you from your work.

Some other options: step outside, that especially works here in the valley.

Not only will the heat help you be more productive, but it will give you a chance to get away from your computer.

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