How Weather Affects Your Productivity

Autumn Office photo from ShutterstockEmployee productivity is one of the most critical factors for a business to be successful and profitable. Employers want their employees to complete the maximum amount of work in the minimum amount of time in order to make more money in less time. However, there are many elements which affect employee productivity and weather is one of them.

Weather creates different moods in different people. It is very hard to tell if one is going to be more productive on rainy or sunny weather. However, you can look at both sides of the story and meet at an optimum point.

Rainy Days: Rainy days are usually gloomy and gloomy weather has generally a negative impact on mood. As a result, some people may be less productive on rainy days. Usually on these days, employees tend to come to the office later due to the traffic caused by the rain and leave the office earlier to head home as earliest as they can. However, you can increase the motivation of these employees by offering them treats such as free pizza lunch at the office or afternoon pastries along with coffee. This will both cheer them up and make them feel that they are being valued. On the other hand, some employees work more on rainy weather. Since they want to stay dry, they prefer to stay inside the office. Therefore, they take shorter lunch breaks and head back to their desks quicker than they normally do.

Sunny Days: Nice weather meaning a bright and sunny day generally puts everybody in a great mood. As a result, most people become more productive during those days. The reason of this is that sunlight brings positivity to our life and thus, employees approach tasks more positively. However, very hot weather may have a negative impact on employee productivity. People feel uncomfortable when they are sweaty and cannot focus on their tasks. Also, some may be busy planning what to do after work or on the weekend during these hot summery days. Employers should be careful about keeping the office at the right temperature with an air condition. Again employers can offer treats such as an ice cream break or a summer barbeque after work hours to keep their employees more motivated.

Cold Days: This type of weather generally affects employees working in the Northeast area.  Due to harsh weather conditions, employees call in sick or don’t want to drive to the office due to snow and prefer to work from home. Also, the days are shorter and sun goes down around 4pm-5pm. Hence, when the sun goes down, employees feel the urgency to rush home and leave the office earlier. During winter days, employers can implement flexible work hours so employees can adjust themselves according to the daylight.

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How Workplace Happiness Affects Your Paycheck

Happy Workplace photo from ShutterstockStudies have shown that when we are happy at work, we are smarter, more motivated, more competitive and, thus more successful. While it’s widely known that overall fulfillment allows us to enjoy more meaningful relationships and better health, few understand that it impacts a paycheck… significantly.

Nose to the Grindstone: The Correlation Between Success and Happiness

There is a big misconception among many corporations and educational institutions that success leads to happiness.  Often, we tell ourselves that once we get the promotion we want, the pay raise we feel we deserve or the recognition we desire, happiness will follow.

Until recently, it was widely thought that focusing on productivity and performance, even to the detriment of our well-being, would lead us to become more successful and, therefore happier. Everyone has heard the phrase, “Keep your nose to the grindstone.”

However, recent research in psychology and neuroscience has proven that fulfillment and happiness are a key ingredient to a successful career.  Optimism fuels performance and achievement which, in turn allows us to advance monetarily.

In simper terms, happiness is not a random event in the distant future.  Treat it as such and not only will it hinder your ability to succeed, but it will also prevent you from living life to the fullest.

Dopamine, Serotonin and the Brain’s Reaction

Countless studies have shown that our brains are literally hardwired to perform at their best when they are in a positive mindset.  When we feel optimistic about our future, dopamine and serotonin are released in our brains.

In conjunction with providing a heightened sense of well-being, dopamine and serotonin allow us to more rapidly organize new information and become more skilled at complex analysis and problem solving.

Specifically, a clear head allows for 100% engagement.  Conversely, perseverating on your problems exhausts most of your capacity for attention which drains energy as well as performance levels.  It’s no secret that, as a group low performing employees take home sparse paychecks.

Consider the following:

– A recent study at the University of Toronto found that our mood can change what we see.  When shown pictures with multiple images, those in negative moods could not process as much as their positive counterparts. Positive emotions expand our peripheral line of vision.

– People who were asked to think about the happiest day of their life prior to a formal exam scored higher than those simply given the test.


An individual who can learn to control their thoughts will maintain control of their happiness and, thus career potential.  While doing so is easier said than done (it takes significant practice and discipline), below are three easier exercises that could begin making a difference today.

  • Think of your brain as a computer disk with a finite amount of space.  Consider your surroundings, inner monologue, other people in the room and your desired task as small files that quickly fill that disk to capacity.

The more stored on that disk, the less available room there is for intelligently evaluating information and making rational decisions.  Thus, it comes useless to allow that disk to be filled with thoughts of self-doubt as you are throwing away valuable space.

  • Know what you stand for. Define what your core beliefs are always remember to live in the present, resolve with the past and create your ideal future.
  • Keep healthy.  Success requires not only our minds, but our body, energy and spirit as well.  Eat well, exercise and when necessary, practice some form of mediation.  Neuroscientists have found that monks who spend years meditating actually grow their left prefrontal cortex.

In the End 

Happiness is more than a good feeling-it is also a crucial ingredient of our success.  Allow your brain the capacity to feel positive and heightened creativity, resilience and intellectual capacity will quickly follow.

If you wish to increase the number on your paycheck, choose happiness as one of your definitive goals. Then, place all your energy, will power and effort towards chasing that goal.

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