Hey boss, don't fret about all the stormy weather: It could well be making your workers more productive.
New research from Harvard University finds that employees get more done when the weather is frightful because they aren't distracted by ideas of the fun they could be having if they weren't stuck at work.
"When the sun is out you're sort of thinking about the many different things that you could be doing outside," said Francesca Gino, an associate professor of business administration at Harvard and one of the paper's authors. "When the weather is bad that doesn't even come to mind, because that's not even an option."
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To determine how weather affects productivity, the authors compared a long-running Japanese study of worker productivity with the weather during the two-and-a-half-year study. They found that workers got tasks done more quickly when it was raining.
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The researchers did tests with other pools of participants and found that when the weather is lovely, people tend to be more distracted by thoughts of what they could be doing other than sitting at their desk working.