Few of us like rainy or cloudy weather. Meanwhile, scientists have found that gray cloudy days work much better. But on a clear and sunny day, a person needs much more effort to set himself up to accomplish labor feats.
Scientists conducted an experiment designed to establish how the weather outside the window affects a person’s ability to work. The study participants were people with a very busy work schedule – employees of Japanese banks.
At the end of the experiment, it turned out that on cold and cloudy days, labor productivity was the highest. And, on the contrary, in sunny and warm times, labor productivity declined sharply.
Experts explain that it’s all about the peculiarities of the human psyche. It is easier for a person to tune in to work in gray and rainy weather, since he is not overcome by thoughts of a walk in the fresh air. On clear sunny days, the worker imagines himself at a picnic, and not at the office table, so the work at this moment is moving more slowly.
Employers suffer the most in this situation. Not only are their workers distracted from their work duties in good weather, but they almost never stay at work to finish what they started, but instead rush to get out into the fresh air.
Scientists urge employers to treat this feature of the human psyche with understanding. It is useless to fight this – human nature cannot be changed. You just need to take it into account and not strictly punish an employee who looks thoughtfully out the window during working hours. Maybe just give him a vacation?