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Productivity set to fall as temperatures set to soar

Demand for air conditioning rises as millions of workers claim it is impossible to work effectively on hot days.

A study into effective and productive workplaces using Ergronomics Research by Populus will be launched later this year.

A sneak preview shows that air conditioning is among a list of complaints in the workplace shared by nearly four in ten employees (38 per cent).

Ergro chairman Chris Wollen explained: “It is almost unthinkable now to buy a car without air conditioning yet for many employees, the place they spend most of their waking day is too often uncomfortably hot, leading to lost productivity.

“The modest investment in air conditioning is likely to be repaid many times over in greater efficiency and employee happiness. The benefits of happier workers is well known. Investing in air conditioning is not about taking great leaps forward, it is simply catching up and the time to act is now.”

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