As the planet heats up, there has been a decline in worker productivity due to warmer working environments, especially for people who have roles outdoors. A report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has detailed how workers could be affected as temperatures rise. Global heat waves linked to climate change are likely to increase. The economic losses due to heat stress at work is projected to increase to US$2,400 billion in 2030.
Any decline in thermal comfort due to an increase in temperatures at workplaces could lead to a decline in:
- Worker morale
- Productivity at the workplace
- Worker health and safety
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