Worker productivity can be enhanced up to 12% by increasing the level of cooling comfort at the workplace, suggesting a direct correlation of thermal comfort at the workplace and its effect on productivity of workers, said a study conducted by the country’s premier B-school, IIM-A.
A study on “Heat Stress and its effect on Psychological Aspects of Workers in India” by IIM-A professors Dheeraj Sharma and Rajesh Chandwani suggests that there is a direct correlation of thermal comfort at the workplace and its effect on productivity of the workers. The research also highlights an urgent need for policymakers and concerned organisations to extend the scope of discourses on climate change and ambient temperature to include workers’ concerns.
“Little attention has been devoted to the effect of increasing temperatures on worker productivity. Our study attempts to quantify the improvement in productivity that can be gained via establishment of cooling solutions at indoor workplaces,” said Sharma.