Working using a single monitor is quite customary in most companies, but now it’s also increasingly popular to use dual-monitor setups to streamline workflow and increase productivity. This has several advantages. First of all, having two monitors means that more information is available to you and you don’t have to rely on printed papers, so you reduce your company’s carbon footprint.
Secondly, having two monitors in front of you can increase productivity and enable employees to make better decisions quicker. Keep reading to find out more about single-monitor setups and dual-monitor setups in this article.
Place the Single Monitor Directly in Front of You
If you opt for a single monitor it’s important to think about ergonomics. For example, the monitor should be placed directly in front of you on the desk and have it at a distance of roughly 20-25 inches from your eyes. Your hands should sit comfortably on the desk and ideally have a wireless keyboard and mouse that can be easily placed at the correct distance for typing and browsing. When you look at the monitor, you shouldn’t look upwards or downwards, but directly in front of you to avoid neck strains.
Apply the 20/20/20 Rule
The 20/20/20 rule is emphasized by the OSHA and it refers to how employees should use the computer and monitor to avoid excessive tiredness and loss of productivity. For example, the rule says that every 20 minutes you should look away from the monitor at 20 feet into the distance for at least 20 seconds. This reduces eye and neck strains, gives your brain a break and overall reduces tiredness and loss of productivity. Encourage this rule among your employees and make sure they respect it.
Dual-Monitor Setups Should Be Positioned Correctly
You can also go for a dual-setup monitor for certain employees who are more productive and can easily handle multitasking. In this case, the monitors should again be placed directly in front of you with their lateral edges touching, if possible. They should create a concave shape or something resembling a semicircle in front of you, so you can easily see both screens with minimal neck movement. This is the best scenario when both monitors are used for an equal amount of time. If one monitor is used more often than the other, it should follow the single-monitor setup explained above and the second monitor should be placed adjacent to it.
Use a Swivel Chair to Avoid Neck Twisting
Sometimes you might need to use a monitor for longer periods before using the other. In this case, a swivel chair can be very beneficial for the employee. The chair will help you to quickly change your position and face your body towards the monitor that’s used more often. Afterward, you can rotate in your chair and use the other monitor. The swivel chair prevents neck twisting and any pain and discomfort associated with it. As you can see, there are benefits to using both single-monitor and dual-monitor setups. It’s important to assess your current workflow and the potential of your employees. Based on this, you can decide which worker should go for a dual-monitor setup and which one is better off working with a single monitor. Contact Ambar Distributors today to learn more about setting up monitors in your company the right way.