Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
One well known disorder that shows how weather affects work productivity is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which is a form of depression. SAD is a form of depression that negatively impacts how people react to weather. Studies have shown that those who are impacted by SAD tend to be less productive during the annual changing of the seasons, when it is raining or when there is a lack of sun. These factors can all have an impact on work productivity for those who are affected with SAD. However, people who are not suffering from SAD can still find that certain weather conditions can result in different degrees of productivity. For example:
Rainy days - many people are negatively impacted by rainy days. Gloomy weather generally seems to have a negative impact on our moods. We feel less motivated, we do not want to get up out of bed and, therefore, the weather would affect work productivity negatively. It is not possible to be one hundred percent productive when we are feeling gloomy.
Sunny days - for many people, a bright and sunny day means they tend to be more productive. This is because the sunlight tends to have a positive impact on our outlook and results in being able to approach tasks with a more positive outlook. For some, a bright sunny day results in higher productivity than a gloomy day.
Bad weather - there is little doubt that people do not like driving in bad weather. A snowy or icy day almost often results in an increase in people calling into work sick or simply taking a personal day. While this is generally because they are concerned about their safety, it will always have a negative impact on productivity.
Not everyone who finds themselves less productive on gloomy days has Seasonal Affective Disorder. This does not mean that overall bad weather does not impact productivity. Nearly everyone has some form of reaction to the weather; impact on work productivity varies from person to person.