Employers may be facing grumpier-than-usual workers this
month. The culprit? Cold temperatures. Of the Canadian
employees responding to a 2018 Accountemps survey,
56 per cent said winter weather has a negative impact on
their state of mind and 25 per cent cite January as the unhappiest
month of the year.
Managers may often see this “winter of discontent” mood
spilling over into the office. In another Accountemps survey of
Canadian workers, 41 per cent said they’ve had run-ins with co-workers
or facilities personnel over climate control.
What may seem like a small thing can actually have a consider-able
effect. Understanding how temperature affects productivity
can help management implement strategies to keep employees
comfortable and conflict-free as temperatures swing.
HELP YOUR WORKERS BEAT
THE WINTER BLUES
By Rhea Attar
HRPROFESSIONALNOW.CA ❚ FEBRUARY 2019 ❚ 57