Over a year ago we were looking for ways to improve productivity in the office. Through one of our team building sessions the idea was proposed that we go to dual monitors for our designers. After reviewing the cost and the potential gains we went ahead and equipped our design department with dual monitors. After about a 6 month beta period we started noticing significant gains in the day to day productivity. We then decided to expand on this idea, and equip the entire office staff with this same set up. With a little bit of training and some acceptance of change this proved to be a win situation for New Tech Metals. Now, if you were to ask any one of our employee’s to go back to the single monitor, the look you would get would not be one of disappointment. In some of our latest team building sessions we have be discussing the fact of incorporating monitors out in the shop to potentially eliminate all paper in our process.
Here are five good reasons to have dual monitors:
- Published studies indicate that having a dual monitor in a workplace setting can increase productivity by 20 to 50 percent. For example, if you’re computer automated design, it should be obvious that having your source code on one side and your program on the other side of a dual monitor display would be very helpful.
- Real multi-tasking requires enough screen space to keep two or more apps in full view simultaneously. If you have ever tried to size and align windows on a single monitor, you’ll appreciate the ability to have several apps fully open at the same time. Customer service reps and cad/SolidWorks designers are additional examples of people that would benefit from dual monitors.
- Cutting and pasting between documents is much easier when you don’t have to alt-tab between them and scroll up or down so much. If you create newsletters or PowerPoint presentations, you’ll identify with this.
- Picture and video editing is a whole new experience with dual monitors. You can have all of your editing tools on one screen while you work on the project in the other. You can compare before and after views of the same work, or supersize panoramic pictures.
- Comparing products is easier when you have dual monitors.