Does your office blast the air conditioning all summer long? When it comes to building temperature, it doesn't seem to matter what time of year it is-- it's always freezing at work! If you’re cold at the office then chances are high that you’re focused on warming up and not on your work. Of course, that’s not good for you and it’s not good for your company either, but what can you do when you have no control over the thermostat? Here are some ways that you can take matters into your own hands all year round!
Sugary foods and drinks will make you feel sluggish and sleepy. Instead of reaching for your typical comfort foods, snack on fruit and eat a light lunch that won’t make you so tired. If you need a little pick me up, drink green tea to keep you going.
Sitting still all day long is a sure fire way to remain cold. If you really want to warm up, you should be moving around the office throughout your workday. Adding a standing desk or ball chair to your workstation is the best way to accomplish this, but you can also hold standing meetings, walk over your lunch break or just get up and walk around from time to time. Regular physical activity will help you stay warmer and healthier too.
Keep a blanket at your desk.
For the times when you do need to take a seat for multiple hours at a time, keep a blanket at your desk to snuggle up with. Not only will a blanket keep you warmer, but it will also give your office a homelike feel, which helps some individuals feel happier and more productive as they work.
Add a space heater.
If your office will allow it, try bringing a space heater to work. Sometimes just warming up your feet beneath your desk is all you need. Be careful to turn your space heater off at the end of each work day, since a heater left plugged in overnight can be a major fire hazard.
Try a heated chair.
If you love the feeling of a heated car seat, then chances are you’re going to love sitting in a heated office chair as well. Our own NBF Signature Series Comfortemp chair has the same heat technology that’s used in car seats, and it runs on a rechargeable battery pack so that you won’t have any wires or cables to get in your way. Sitting on a control-operated heated chair is a great way to get the body heat you need to stay comfortable without having to subject your co-workers to the same high temperatures.
Of course, dressing for the office temperature is the best way to stay warm. For many, the office is a cold place to be even in the summer months, so be sure to keep a sweater at your desk if you are the type who gets cold easily.
What are your tips for staying warm at work? Share them in the comments below!