With the sun out in full force as the UK experiences brief heatwaves, your employees may struggle to find the motivation to come to work, especially if the workplace does not have the infrastructure in place to combat the heat.
To the dismay of some employees, there is currently no law to dictate the temperature that a workplace should be.
Despite this, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has called for the introduction of a legally enforceable maximum workplace temperature of 30 degrees, above which employers would need to send staff home.
Although there is currently no law to dictate maximum working temperatures, employers must consider the possibility of health and safety issues arising, depending on the type of work that is being done.
How can you make your workplace cooler?
Workplaces in the UK do not typically have air conditioning, but there are other measures you can take to make the environment more comfortable, such as:
- Providing fans and ensuring windows are open
- Offering cold water to staff members
- Relaxing the dress code, if you enforce one
- Should your employees do manual labour outside, consider altering lunch hours to make sure they are not working at the hottest time of the day
- Providing shaded areas for outdoor work
- Consider altering your working hours to finish an hour early during the summer months.
These steps may seem simple, but they can make a dramatic difference to your employees’ comfort at work, which will see productivity increase and reduce the potential for grievances.
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