Multiple Monitors Increase Productivity, Expert Says

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The one issue that continuously resides in business leaders’ minds is optimizing productivity. In the world of IT, optimizing productivity is critical to ensure that an organization operates successfully day to day as well as achieves set goals and objectives. A recent study conducted by Microsoft found that employing two monitors at workstations rather than one could improve workers’ productivity by as much as 10 percent.

“Because computer systems and the work of today is becoming so information-based, multi-task-oriented and multi-program-driven, the ability to display multiple screens is now being associated with productivity,” said Derek Timm, technical services manager for WorkRite Ergonomics, a provider of height-adjustable workstations and ergonomic office accessories. “In fact, some of the recent studies by Microsoft are saying that adding monitors can increase productivity of a worker by as much as 10 percent.”

Most employees work simultaneously on different projects and tasks that use different programs for most of their day, so it is not surprising that studies are showing that employees using more than one computer screen are more productive. Timm said not only do two or more monitors increase the productivity levels of employees, but it also improves their accuracy. “Switching between windows is not productive and it leads to errors and all sorts of things,” he explained. “Employing two monitors reduces error rates, improves employees’ ability to perform multiple tasks and use information better. It also drives the understanding of the computer system and software for the user. So it improves the aptitude of the user to use these multiple devices, and to better understand their computer operations and programs.”

However, employers should take employees’ preferences and wants under consideration before setting another monitor in their workstations. “Not everyone needs two computer screens to optimize their performance,” Timm said. “In fact, for some users making the switch to two screens may be too confusing and therefore impede their performance. When it comes to employing two monitors, it should be a case-by-base decision.”

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