While more weeks of frigid weather may lie ahead, research shows that lousy weather is actually good for business; a decrease in sunny skies directly correlates to workforce productivity.
The reason? Rainy days do not distract employees the way sunny days do.
Employees are tempted by the possibilities of sunshine – a bike ride, a day at the beach – compared to downpour days when they may as well be inside working. In fact, employees work more efficiently with inclement weather.
What’s a manager to do? While we cannot predict the weather, consider clerical work under gray skies and more flexibility under blue skies.