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Poll: Does the weather affect your work performance?
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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Yes Jan 8, 2016

I am less distracted when the weather is nasty outside. I accomplish a lot more.

I live in a beautiful place with a mostly ideal climate, which is constantly calling me to be outdoors.


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Teresa Borges
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No, not really! Jan 8, 2016

I’m much more sensitive to hot weather (nothing that a good AC system can’t cure), and I’m likely to be more motivated when like today in “sunny” Lisbon outside the day is cold, gray, wet, gloomy...

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BDauch  Identity Verified
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Yes, to a certain extent Jan 8, 2016

Normally it doesn't affect me, as long as it doesn't have any impact on the inside temperature. So this time of year (northern hemisphere) it's not a problem, but in the summer it can get excessively hot here and I don't have air condition...

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Yes Jan 8, 2016

More, of a seasonal thing, actually.

If there is a meter of snow piled up on the stairs outside between me and the office, then it will take at least 30 minutes to clear a path. Unfortunately, it's too narrow to ski down and negotiating the sharp bend at the bottom would be impossible for even the most proficient of skiers.
I then have to knock the icicles off my two desktop PCs and warm up the office which takes at least an hour or so to reach a comfortable working temperature.

Otherwise, around April during the rutting season can be very emotional and distracting - but I do get to have a full social calendar.


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Natalie Soper  Identity Verified
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Yes Jan 8, 2016

It's the opposite for me - when it's dark and rainy outside I just want to go back to bed and hibernate!

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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No Jan 8, 2016

Whether it's nice or nasty outside doesn't play a role in my work performance.

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Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
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Only if it's very hot, Jan 8, 2016

when it can slow you down a bit. Purely a physical (not a psychological) thing.

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Vadim Kadyrov  Identity Verified
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Nasty weather rocks! Jan 8, 2016

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

I am less distracted when the weather is nasty outside. I accomplish a lot more.



So very true!


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other Jan 8, 2016

The weather doesn't affect me much personally. However, in the area where I live, sudden thunderstorms and torrential rain can occasionally knock out my Wi-Fi connection, which obviously affects my ability to send and receive emails or research terminology et cetera online. Last New Year, high winds bent my Wi-Fi antenna out of shape when I was away, but I managed to get it fixed within 24-hours.

A few years ago I lived at a slightly lower altitude and the whole house was flooded out one time, but I'm now higher up in the hills, so flooding is less of an issue.


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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Somewhat Jan 8, 2016

I tend to suffer from "summeritis". It's not an officially recognized malady, but I'm sure it exists. Once July and August roll around, it's a lot bigger effort to sit in front of the computer inside and it's too hot to work outside.

The best solution for treating it is like treating a cold: just wait for it to pass and let things return to normal.


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Kuochoe Nikoi  Identity Verified
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Yes Jan 8, 2016

It doesn't just affect me, it affects my machines as well. The current dusty Harmattan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmattan) we have going on is murder on my old laptop and desktop. I'd better start shopping for replacements.

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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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When it's vile outside ... Jan 8, 2016

Like many here, when the weather's vile I'm more likely to work harder than when it's fine and I'm tempted to tend the garden or go for a cliff walk.
Oops, sorry Cornwall Tourist Board. Of course, the weather is never vile in Cornwall ...


[Edited at 2016-01-08 12:23 GMT]

[Edited at 2016-01-08 12:24 GMT]


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John Fossey  Identity Verified
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No Jan 8, 2016

When the sun is shining, especially a crisp, clear sun when the temperature is below -20° outdoors, I open the window shades to let it shine in and work.

When there's a couple of feet of snow dumping (like last week), I close the window shades and work.

In summer when its 30°+ and 95% humidity outdoors, I close everything and turn the AC on, and work.

I have a good battery backup, so the very occasional blackout from a storm or high wind has never interrupted my schedule.


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Window curtains are magic Jan 8, 2016

I don't like sunny days. I prefer rainy and cloudy weather. The rainier, the better!

The only time weather affects my performance is high pollen count. I have allergies and my nose blocks up despite over-the-counter allergy medications and Flucasone nasal spray (by prescription). In such conditions I lose sleep, which affects my performance the next day, and not just while I work.


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