Gender Productivity & Thermostat Control

Those that know me well would all agree that when it comes to temperature, I prefer warm to cool. Friends and colleagues alike would also agree that my productivity soars when it is warmer. Imagine my delight when I read an article about a study conducted in Germany that provides evidence for women in general performing better at work cognitively when the temperature in the office is higher.

Authors Agne Kajackaite and Tom  Y. Chang in their article “Battle for the thermostat: Gender and the effect of temperature on cognitive performance”, (2019), provide compelling evidence the productivity of women working in warmer temperatures was “significantly larger” than the dip in performance seen among men.

It may be time for that office thermometer to be raised by at least 2 degrees to have overall productivity soar particularly in offices where there is mixture of men and women.

Marie-Helene Sakowski – Business Consultant – Change & Transition –