Work environments: Who gets it easy and who has it tough?

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75% of outdoor employees say they are less productive when it's cold
75% of outdoor employees say they are less productive when it’s cold

Heating experts help-link.co.uk reveal the truth behind working this winter, examining seven different working environments to find out who gets it easy and who has it tough.

According to office workers in Britain, working in temperatures under 18oC is unacceptable. However, a huge 75% of employees across different industries work in conditions colder than this.

Gone are the days at school where we were sent home when the temperature drops. Just 14% of employees in the UK get the day off when it’s cold but who has it the worst when it comes to working over winter?

Office workers spend 41.5 hours a year complaining

Despite working in a relatively snug 18oC environment, office workers seem to find 41.5 hours a year to moan about how cold they are at work. 28% of office workers say their workplace environment is too cold and 30% hate their work environment.

However, Fishermen, construction workers, railway workers, farmers and postmen are just some of the professions suffering this winter, having to work outside or even at sea in cold temperatures as low 6oC on average in the UK.

Out at sea workers by far have it the worst. They spend the most amount of time per year moaning about the temperatures they have to work in (68 hours a year), 77% don’t get paid sick days, 0% get to leave work early on snow days and it’s quite obvious that they cannot work from home.

However, those that work in an office strangely seem to be affected by cold temperatures and winter weather a lot more than expected.

Productivity in the workplace affected in winter

67% of employees that work within an office are late to work due to the bad weather at winter. The rates of office employees being late for work during the winter is higher than those that work in transport and double the amount of those that work out at sea.

However, when it comes to productivity, those that work in hospitality or outdoors seem to be affected the most. A huge 75% of outdoor workers including construction, farmers and postmen said they are less productive during winter.

A huge of 60% of employees in Britain say temperature affects their productivity and 75% say their boss is not supportive when working in cold conditions.

 You can’t build a house from home or catch fish from the sofa

Flexible working at winter is a huge benefit for those that normally work in an office. 38% of office workers get the benefit of working from home from the weather is bad and 42% get to leave early if bad weather is forecasted.

However, 80% of outdoor workers including builders and farmers have to go to work despite how bad the weather is and 42% don’t get paid sick days.

Who hates their working environment the most?

Those that work in hospitality hate their job the most. 34% of employees in the industry said they do not like their job, 41% hate their work environment and 29% don’t like their managers. 76% of store workers like their job, but 30% don’t like the environment.

Office workers seem to have a negative opinion on both their job, workplace environment and managers however overall they come out as having it the easiest at winter.

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