Why It's Okay That You're Unproductive At Work Today
Do you feel like you're not getting away from the stain during these hot days and just sitting there sloppy? It's not just you: studies show the extent of high temperatures on our productivity.
It's sticky, the air is standing, the sweat runs down and the brain is just mud. You got it: it's hot.
Scientific studies also show that the same service cannot be provided in the heat. For years, experts have warned against the influence of global warming on our productivity. These are the most important findings:
26 degrees are already too warm
It does not have to be 36 degrees: "even at an internal temperature of 26 degrees, the performance decreases," says Markus Hubbuch, Professor of building management, on SRF 10 before 10. Above all, the Motivation then eases.
No wonder: in thought you are then already in the swimsuit.
In the future, we will be much more unproductive
For countries in tropical and middle latitudes, researchers predict that global labour productivity will decline by 40 percent by 2200. For our neighbours in Switzerland, for example, the heat for 2085 is already expected to reduce the annual working time by 0.13 percent. By comparison, Cambodia (South-East Asia) accounts for 18.97 percent.
As unproductive become rice farmers in the heat
The Indian rice bundles-pickers experience it on their own body, as they slacken the heat. Even a few degrees difference in temperature affect your productivity, as a publication from the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) shows.
At 27 degrees, productivity dropped to 96 percent, at 32 degrees to 86 percent, and at 36 to 64 percent.
The impact on the economy
The loss of production mainly affects working areas outdoors and in non-air-conditioned environments. If workers are no longer able to provide the same service, this means additional costs for employers, as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) writes in its Journal. In its fifth climate report, the Intergovernmental Panel on climate change states that costs in affected sectors could amount to two trillion US dollars by 2030 due to reduced productivity.
Our productivity stops here
So, and now it's definitely too hot-we're going to cool down. Sorry.