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Pat Shingleton: "Bad weather? More Productivity"

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Posted: May 20, 2014 6:00 PM by Pat Shingleton
Updated: May 21, 2014 4:00 AM
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Topics: Productivity, Weather

The weather may have an impact on "whether" you are productive in the workplace. Researchers at Harvard University report that inclement weather precipitates more productivity. More than 80% of people surveyed believed that gloomy weather decreased the ability to complete assigned tasks. Authors of the study found the opposite to be true. Good weather equates to enjoyable activities and causes distractions while "bad" weather forces people to focus more on tasks at hand which improves performance. A beautiful Spring day disrupts that focus. In addition, the research team determined that nice weather can benefit creative thinking. The study found that the workplace environment, with or without windows, also determined productivity.

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