Although the frigid temperatures and dangerous cold blanketing the Midwest and Northeast United States may be making people miserable, it could be a boon to productivity for the nation’s employers, according to one workplace authority.

“When it gets so cold it becomes inadvisable to go outside, it could be a great time for employers to encourage their workforces to focus on those projects for which they may not otherwise make time,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Wind chills are expected to reach -55 degrees in parts of Northern Illinois, and Minnesota could experience temperatures that feel like -60 degrees.

“Distractions are very limited when workers have no desire to go outside or leave the comfort of their desks or home offices,” he added.

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