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.
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.
We love these three:
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:
- hot, red and dry skin
- a sudden rise in temperature
- an intense thirst
- confusion and aggression
- loss of consciousness
Did you know, these desk items can make you more productive.