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As I write this, I’m at my desk in the conservatory, working from home. It is a nippy November day and I’ve just done the school run, so have had to wrap up warm. I’ve made a cup of coffee and settled down to my workload for the day and I’ve said a silent prayer – a thank you to the universe for the fact that I work from home.

I remember what it is like working outside of the home – a daily commute in standstill traffic (when I was driving), dealing with leaves on the line or worse (bodies on the line) when I used to get the tube into work. The sheer hassle of having to get from A to B during the slim hour in the morning when everyone else is also getting from A to B at the same time. I remember how exhausting it was – and this was before I had even done any actual work! These days it suits me to work from home – I am there for my kids at the beginning and end of their school days and I can also manage my household as well as my work… and I get to do it in the warm house.

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My husband is a builder. This means that all year round he works outdoors. In the summer it is lovely – he never was one to be ‘cooped up in an office’ (his words!) But he also has to work outside in the winter – when it is cold. He never complains – it’s all part of what he signed up for and there are no laws about minimum temperatures for working, but I feel for him on those dark and especially wet days. I make sure that he comes home to a warm, well lit home. He has a hot meal waiting and after a hot shower, he can relax.

Winter working means different things to different professions. Office types like me can pretty much wear the same kind of clothing all year round – with the addition of a smart, warm coat in the winter. But for my husband and workers like him, they need to have suitable workwear to stay warm in the winter, and especially things like thermal underwear! However it’s also important to be able to move in the protective clothing – layers are good for this reason – to allow movement and not be restricted inside cold winter armour! I like to make sure he wears a base layer (thermals), a mid layer (long sleeve and short sleeve T shirt) and an outer layer (warm jacket) for when it’s really cold.

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I particularly like the high-visibility jackets from Engelbert Strauss which is warm but also visible on dark days, which is perfect in his profession.

However you work this winter, I hope it doesn’t get too cold for you. Share your tips for keeping warm in the winter in the comments below!

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