Conquering the Heat Wave At the Office
The Dutch are thrilled. We have had great weather for a while now. But it seems that we don’t know what hit us. The fact that we currently have an active heat plan to cope says it all. We are not used to this gorgeous weather. The heat is overwhelming and causing us all to feel a little bit less energized than we would with a few degrees less. This week’s blog is dedicated to dealing with the heatwave for those of you still working their butt off at the office. With these tips I hope to make you more comfortable at work, so that you can rush home at night to enjoy the last rays of sun at home.
- Drink lots: Open door number one is hydration. Staying hydrated is of course top priority. You want to drink at least 2 liters a day. Nobody likes a headache, so make sure you are hydrated and you don’t feel on edge, drowsy, or dizzy at the office. You need to be fit to slay and have your roadmap ready for next year (see last week’s blog). So, keep your Dopper (water bottle I am sure most Dutch own at this point) and tea mug close. Why I mention a tea mug is because room temperature or warm drinks are better for your body than (ice) cold drinks. That way your body will cool your body temperature to adapt, while drinking (ice) cold water for instance your body will actually heat up.
- Layer down: My personal experience is that temperatures can vary per day and room. Some meeting rooms can be very warm while others cold. The central climate control does not always manage the extreme weather conditions, at least not right away. Therefore, it is good to start off with a minimum number of layers and to bring some extra (scarfs, blazer, tights etc.) to adjust to the conditions around the office. I realize women have a slight advantage here. Let’s just say that for all the unpleasantries that women have to deal with, it is a small gift to have the possibility to wear a skirt or dress during a heatwave.
- Wear open or light shoes: Giving your feet and ankles breathing room, your body temperature will cool down.
- Lunch light: With the heat it is best not to go all the way during lunch. Digesting a big and heavy meal will cause your body’s temperature to rise. Try to stick to light meals, if needed in a higher frequency to compensate.
- Bigger meeting rooms: If you have meetings, make sure the room is big enough. Nothing worse than a crowded meeting room with a lack of oxygen in general. During a heat wave, I am pretty sure the situation will worsen quickly.
- “Tropical Roster”: A very bad Dutch translation I suppose. However, part of the heat plan is to start the day earlier when it is still cooler. Then you finish earlier and you have time to enjoy the great weather at the end of the day. Personally, I think the other way around is worth considering too. That way you can sleep longer in the morning when your bedroom has cooled off during the night. Off this plan considers that you will have air conditioning at the office opposed to your home.
What is your current survival strategy? Crucial tips and tricks I am missing out on? Please do share!