Man goes viral for ‘genius’ heatwave home office set-up

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 19th July 2022

A man has gone viral this week for the way he’s set up his home office to tackle the heatwave.

The man in Yorkshire shared a video on TikTok showing the clever – but admittedly risky – way he’s changed his office set-up to cope with the extraordinary temperatures.

With the weather set to hit 39 degrees in Manchester today, we have to think he might be on to something.

Rather than trying to keep his house cool in the blazing heat, Jay instead decided to give up on houses all together and move outdoors, The Hoot reports.

But not just outdoors – underwater.


In a video already viewed more than half-a-million times, Jay popped his desk and a chair inside his paddling pool, laptop carefully balanced on top, so that he can work his shift with his lower half submerged in cool water.

Today, on the second day of the heatwave, he’s even added a parasol, a coffee machine and a desk fan.


People absolutely loved his efforts, describing them as ‘genius’ – as long as you’re not clumsy enough to drop your laptop in the pool, that is.

One person said: “Work smarter not harder.”

Another joked: “Don’t need to get up for a wee either.”


Read more: Where to find safe open water swimming sessions around Manchester

Someone else said it was ‘100 percent best office today’.

Other (more official) tips for keeping cool in this heat have included drinking plenty of water, keeping windows and curtains closed, and keeping out of the sun.

You can also try filling a hot water bottle with cool water and freezing it, putting your socks in the freezer, and strapping a bottle of iced water (or an ice pack) in front of a fan.

Featured image: TikTok, @thatswhatjaysaid