Employment matters: Just another rainy Monday
Just another rainy Monday...
It's June 30, we're more than half way through the year and at the moment it just doesn't seem to want to stop raining.
If you work in an office, it isn't quite so bad, with the protection of four walls and a roof, and if you're lucky, some form of heating system. Of course there is still the matter of getting from the house, to whatever your mode of transportation, and then into the workplace, but bus shelters, umbrella, and ultimately covered parking, all assist in this area.
Looking at the window at the rain might be somewhat dreary and uninspiring, but it is a darn sight better than being out working in it!
It's on days like today that you spare a thought for landscape gardeners, farmers, construction workers and the like, for whom work generally doesn't stop, just because the weather decides not to cooperate.
Of course on the flip side, in those long hot summer days in December and January, those of us who ride desks and not tractors, think that perhaps a job where you work outside, might not be too bad.
I was surprised to read this morning research from the Harvard Business School which suggests that people are more productive on rainy days that sunny ones. The article had the catchy tag line: "blue skies, distractions arise". The research suggests that workers are more productive on rainy days because they are not tempted by the possibilities of a sunny day - a walk in the park or an afternoon at the beach.
Is that true for you or at your workplace? I can understand the logic that if it is raining outside people are less likely to take a longer lunch, or possibly even to venture out for lunch at all. But personally, I don't find the grey days of winter particularly uplifting and I'm more likely to work productively in summer, fuelled by the promise of fun things to do once the work is done.
Bad weather also has the downside of affecting traffic. Does it make it harder for you to get to work? Is the daily commute longer?
We can't change the weather. In fact it is hard enough to predict it. But does it affect your work? Are you more or less productive on this rainy Monday?