Do colder temperatures make you less productive?

A new study finds that when office temperatures are low, workers commit more mistakes and are half as productive as they could be working in warmer conditions.

This final note today, which I offer against my own self-interest because I like my office to be cooler than most.

But a study from Cornell University I saw in Fast Company magazine says that when office temperatures are low -- 68 degrees, specifically -- people comittted 44 percent more mistakes and were half as productive as they were when the thermostat was set at 77.

To which my uncharitable answer is, put on a sweater.

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