Weather may influence productivity in the workplace

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Betsie Gambel, founder of Gambel Communications, ponders the influence of weather in the workplace, and how managers can best adjust with the seasons.

While inclement winter weather may lie ahead for many, research shows that lousy weather is actually good for business; a decrease in sunny skies directly correlates to workforce productivity.

The reason? Rainy days do not distract employees the way sunny days do.

Employees are tempted by the possibilities of sunshine-a bike ride, a day at the beach-compared to downpour days when they may as well be inside working. In fact, employees work more efficiently with inclement weather.

What’s a manager to do? While we cannot predict the weather, consider clerical work under gray skies and more flexibility under blue skies.

Betsie Gambel, Gambel Communications, The New Orleans 100