Friday, December 21, 2012

Double vision: Helping multiple-monitor workstation users stay healthy

In just 30 years, the workplace has evolved from relying on manual practices and typewriters to computer addiction. Today, increasing digital content demand has led more companies to provide workers with multiple computer monitors. In fact, while multiple screen use was at 1 percent in 2008, it's soared to 30 to 40 percent in 2012, according to Herman Miller.

While multiple screens can boost workers' multitasking abilities, they can also cause ergonomic disorders and physical discomfort. A computer monitor should be placed parallel to the user's body. However, many double-screen users often face the gap between their two computers, causing them to strain their neck, stretch forward, improperly place their mouse and damage their posture, Herman Miller explains. The business furniture creator suggests designating a main monitor and placing it straight in front of the employee's torso.

For workers who use a desktop and a laptop simultaneously, it's a good idea to place the screens at the same height and increase the type size on the smaller one.

One of the most important ways to keep workers from getting uncomfortable or injuring themselves is to invest in ergonomic chairs that support good posture and movement.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

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