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If you were to take the total amount of time spent at work each day and graph it, chances are, a good chunk of it’s spent on non-work related tasks. This “social loafing” is causing companies untold amounts of lost profits due to decreased productivity. While outlawing social activities at work is somewhat draconian, there are things you can do to improve productivity in the workplace, including the use of two monitors.
For those who don’t use dual monitors, it can seem a bit over the top. Why split your work between two monitors when you can concentrate it all on one? As it turns out, there are a number of benefits to using dual monitors.
Many employees and managers spend their day multitasking, it can be hard to do this with just one monitor; constantly switching between programs. With two screens, employees can have a spreadsheet open on one monitor and email, social media or another program on the other. This means less time is spent switching between windows and programs. Several studies have been done on this, and show that productivity can be boosted by as much as 40% with dual monitors.
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The other main benefit of using dual screens is that you have more work space. If you’re working with a program like Adobe Photoshop or various social media websites, you need to have a larger work space to see what you’re doing. You can put your vital resources on one monitor, and the program on another, thus allowing you to work faster.
While dual monitors are advantageous, be aware that there can be negative aspects to a user’s health and wellbeing if they have to constantly turn their head to view two screens. Be sure to set up your monitors so that there’s minimal turning of your head.
If you feel that your office could do with an increase in productivity, contact us. We can work with you to reach your results.
Published on 23rd May 2012 by Jeanne DeWitt.