P4 Prescott: the answer to outsourcing?

— 10:46 AM on October 21, 2004

Could the tide of outsourcing of jobs to warmer climates be stemmed by Intel's new Pentium 4? Perhaps so, in light of a study at Cornell University:

Chilly workers not only make more errors but cooler temperatures could increase a worker's hourly labor cost by 10 percent, estimates Alan Hedge, professor of design and environmental analysis and director of Cornell's Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory.

When the office temperature in a month-long study increased from 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit, typing errors fell by 44 percent and typing output jumped 150 percent. Hedge's study was exploring the link between changes in the physical environment and work performance.

Ergo experts say warmer temperatures could save employers "about $2 per worker, per hour." I can think of nothing better for productivity than workers zipping along on a speedy PC in each cube that also acts as a a 230W space heater. The U.S. and Europe need Prescott; that is the inescapable conclusion. Maybe this news will prompt a new upgrade cycle at long last. (Thanks Slashdot.)
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