a hot office survival guide

The weather is warming up and that means offices are going to be hot and stuffy for the next few months. Just like a cold office can impact work ethic and productivity, as everyone is focused on keeping warm instead of their work, an office that is too warm can make a working day hard.

At Ducard, we have a third-floor office, with skylight windows. Though this gives us loads of natural light, it can get a bit too warm and stuffy on summer days. As such, we have a few expert survival tips in place that keeps the office moral up and productivity high, and we have shared them below.


It is important to stay hydrated and though a cup of tea or coffee will give you that much-needed caffeine boost, it is not hydrating. The recommended daily fluid intake is 6-8 glasses, which equates to about 1.2 litres. Drinking water has many benefits, from boosting brain power, providing energy and also prevents headaches, which can occur when using a computer every day. You might want to install a water cooler too so you can have cool and fresh water for everyone.

Air Conditioning

Opening windows can give you some fresh air, but it doesn’t always help to circulate the much needed cool air. Switching on the air con when it is needed will stop people from feeling tired in stuffy office air. If air con isn’t available, get some desk fans that will help blow the air around and keep the team feeling fresh.

Cold Snacks

This is something everyone at Ducard loves – the occasional ice lolly, ice cream or milkshake! Getting a big box of fruity ice lollies for the freezer helps keep the office mood up! There is nothing better than ice cream on a hot, sunny day and that applies whether you are inside or out. Have an office run to a café to grab some milkshakes, or pick up a tray of McFlurries, and watch everyone start smiling again and the motivation levels increase!

Get Outside at Lunch

Whether your lunch is half an hour or a whole hour, it is a good idea to get outdoors when the weather is nice to soak up some Vitamin D. Getting some sun when you spend 9-5 indoors, five days a week, is also important for mental health. It can be disheartening for people when the sun is shining but they have to work, so getting outside for 15 minutes on your break, taking a walk around outdoors can leave you feeling refreshed and ready to get back to the rest of the day!

An Early Finish

Of course, this depends on the office, workload and generosity of your boss, but an early finish when the sun is shining goes a long way to help to survive a hot office! We have been lucky to be rewarded with a few, such as in the heatwave of 2018, allowing us an hour extra to get down to the beach or work from home while sunbathing in the back garden! Though an early finish doesn’t need to be every week, it is a lovely feeling when the sun is out!

Do you have any survival tips for a hot office? We’d love to hear about them. In the meantime, why not take a look at some of our other blogs relating to content marketing and SEO, another thing we are experts in at Ducard!

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