August 31, 2018
Workers Less Productive In Heat, Reveals Study
A new study from EPIC South Asia Director Anant Sudarshan reveals how extreme heat affects the productivity of manual laborers.
By Manka Behlvia The Times of India
Hot weather can cause significant economic losses as workers tend to be "less productive" with the rise in mercury, reveals a latest study from India.
Carried out by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), India, the study analyses the productivity of workers in the country and co-relates it with high temperature. The analysis of labour-intensive manufacturing processes states that the productivity of workers engaged in cloth weaving or garment manufacturing dropped by 4% per degree, as temperatures rose above 27 degrees Celsius.
However, while conducting a study on workers from the steel industry, it was that the productivity did not fall during hot weather conditions.