Here at our London HQ, we’re experiencing a heatwave. And although it’s great for getting full use out of our summer holiday dresses, it’s causing 41% of Brits to find it too hot to work.*

So, if you’re not lucky enough to work from home  by a pool, then here are five ways to beat the heat and get sh*t done:

1 – A fan

We all know that one person who claims (ahem, *hogs) the office fan, turns it off rotate and positions it directly in front of them.

So avoid any office fan wars and get yourself a mini USB fan. This one has a retractable handle, perfect for providing a blast of cooling air on the go or propped up on your desk.

2 – Water. Drink it.

Needless to say, you should be drinking 1-2 litres of water a day, even in the winter.

But you really need to stay hydrated by increasing the amount of water you drink in hotter months.

An essential item I never leave the house without during heatwave season is a bottle – like this BPA free one – filled with water, for walking/commuting/anything that requires energy in the heat.

Whilst we are on drinking, the NHS recommends avoiding excess alcohol, caffeine or drinks high in sugar when it’s hot – that mojito may not be as refreshing as you think.

3 – Dress down

Office attire can vary greatly depending on your job and your company.

However, in the hotter months most employers are a little more lenient, when it comes to showing skin and ditching the blazer.

Here are some outfit suggestions which are light and breezy, but safe for work: Left image, via Pinterest.

Shop the lookDressTrainersBag.

Head here for more summer work outfit ideas.

4 – Spritz some mist

I know what you’re thinking, why would I want to add more moisture to my already oily face?

Adding a facial spray to your desk must-haves will give your skin the hydration hit it needs this season, as well as make you feel instantly refreshed.

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5 – Know when enough’s enough

Although there aren’t actual laws making it illegal for employers to work indoors above a certain temperature, if you’re uncomfortably hot, tell your boss.

Work to finding a solution which makes doing your job during the heatwave manageable. You could offer to work from home, for a few days until it cools down or to move to a cooler area in the office.

And remember, if you begin to feel any of the following symptoms call 111 as you could have heat exhaustion:

  • weakness
  • dizziness
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • hot, red and dry skin
  • a sudden rise in temperature
  • an intense thirst
  • confusion and aggression
  • loss of consciousness
  • breathlessness


Did you know, these desk items can make you more productive.

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