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24 July 2019

Keep cool and carry on - how to beat the heat in the workplace

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Temperatures are forecast to soar to a record-breaking 37 degrees this week as experts have warned people to take cautions during the heatwave.

Meteorologists say it’s possible that records could be broken – not only July but also all-time records.

With that in mind, we have a few top tips for how to beat the heat in the workplace to keep your staff happy and productive during the summer!

  • Make sure you get your air conditioning on full… and have some desk fans handy in case of any unexpected A/C issues.
  • Consider how you could relax your office dress code where possible, whether that is just to allow no jacket and ties or if you can ditch business wear altogether until the hot spell is over.
  • Be more flexible with breaks and encourage your team to take regular breaks from their desks throughout the day. If you have any meetings scheduled, why not turn them into walking meetings or find a spot in a nearby park and enjoy new scenery.
  • To avoid the rush hour mayhem – and to allow them to enjoy some of the sun – let your staff leave the office slightly earlier at the end of the day.
  • If any of your staff work outdoors, consider how you can make things easier for them. Where you can, change times of shifts to avoid being outside for the hottest points of the day, and allow longer breaks where they can go inside and cool down.
  • Give your team reassurance that they can raise any issues or concerns they have about their working environment, and provide sun protection and water throughout the day. If you don’t take such steps to look after your staff in this weather, you could be at risk of incidents where they lose focus and productivity may falter.
  • Last but not least, shop local and small for all ice cream and summer treats to hand out to your team!

FSB Legal's Health and Safety Advice Line says: "Whilst there is no minimum or maximum workplace temperature set by law, the temperature inside workplace buildings should be reasonable – what's 'reasonable' will depend on the workplace environment and the work activity carried out."