Best Ways to Work in a Heatwave

Seven Tips on how to work effectively and enjoy the great weather

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The sun is out, the sky is blue. Unfortunately there’s still lots and lots of work to do.

What can you do to maximise your enjoyment of the great weather (let’s face it, we don’t get a lot) and still maximise what you get done. Here are our thoughts on the best ways to work in a heatwave.

9 – 5 isn’t necessary

When the weather is great and you want to enjoy it, why work normal office hours? One of the best ways to work in a heatwave is to avoid it. Perhaps you can start work earlier and finish earlier?  Alternatively, why not work in the morning, take the afternoon off and then work in the evening? Your other commitments and family life may limit what you can do, but there are always options.

Get out of the office

If you have to work office hours, what is stopping you from working away from the office? Whether it is your garden, a coffee shop or the park, consider what you need to be able to work effectively from somewhere other than the office.

Do you really need an internet connection?

Getting out of the office can often improve productivity. The people around you can often distract you, meaning productivity drops.  Going somewhere away from the office and without WiFi means you can control what distracts you. That may, of course, be the beautiful weather or the view from wherever you sit down, but at least it’s your choice.

If you do have to be contactable, your phone will work. You’ll still get calls and emails, but you can choose when, and whether, to respond immediately.

Protect yourself

The sun can quickly burn you, so make sure you have sun cream and a hat on. The hat can serve an additional function too – reducing the glare on your laptop screen.

Protect your Data

You will have seen the GDPR nazis going on about people looking over your shoulder when you’re working somewhere public. Whilst I think that is a little overkill (unless you do happen to have huge amounts of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on your screen when working), it makes sense to take other precautions:

  • Keep an eye on your laptop and phone, so they don’t get pinched.
  • If you have a bag, put a handle under a chair leg, or around your own leg, so people cannot quickly run away with them.
  • Talk to your IT people about Endpoint Protection and other options, just in case your hardware does get stolen. Data can then be wiped if necessary.
  • Tether, rather than connecting to public Wifi. An internet connection via your phone is more secure than using a public wifi option; one that can easily be cloned or accessed.

Don’t go to the pub

However tempting your favourite pub garden seems in this type of weather, it’s not a good idea.  The temptation from an ice-cold lager or G&T will be just too tempting. Three drinks later and your productivity takes a dive!

Back to the Window

If you have to work in the office, and have a choice of where to sit, put your back to the window. That way you won’t get distracted, longing to be outside.  You can get your work done and then head outside for a well-deserved break.

Sitting away from the window also keeps you cooler. Glass magnifies the sun’s rays and makes you hotter (even with the AC on).

The sun may not last much past Thursday, so make the most of the opportunity and we hope these tips on the best ways to work in a heatwave prove useful.