Initially, you may think that purchasing a second monitor for your employee’s is a waste of money. What can you accomplish with a second monitor that you can’t with only one?
While you can complete most tasks with only one monitor, two monitors allow you to finish the same tasks in a fraction of the time. In fact, dual monitors have been proven to increase productivity by 20-30 percent.
A second monitor helps to increase productivity by decreasing the time it takes to undertake certain tasks. These tasks can consist of a variety processes such as
Drafting an email using source material
Comparing products side-by-side
Comparing an original image to the finished one in graphic design
Spreading large spreadsheets across two monitors to view a report in its entirety
Leaving a chat box open while you work.
For example, even if you only have three documents to compile into a report, you’re switching between documents multiple times and that’s if you only need to pull one number from each document. With a second monitor, you can pull up the report template on one screen and then all of the source documents on the second screen. In addition, your accuracy improves with a second monitor because you can see the source document and the report at the same time.
If you need to pull multiple numbers from one document, with only one monitor, the number of times you switch between documents increases exponentially by how many numbers you need to gather. For example, if you need to pull five numbers from three source documents, you’ll switch between documents at least 40 times if you only have one monitor.
While decreasing the number of times you switch between documents sounds great, how much time does it actually save you? Switching between documents is only a click away so does it really matter how many clicks it takes to complete your report?
It takes about 1.5 seconds to move your mouse and click to switch between documents. After double clicking, the average delay time for the next document to open is 0.5 seconds, totally in about 2 seconds. If you need five numbers from each source document for your report, a second monitor would save you 66 seconds each time you compile your weekly report. Over the course of a year, a second monitor would save you about an hour on this one task.
While saving 1 hour a year doesn’t sound like that much, how much time would a second monitor save you if you used it for all of your tasks? According to the University of Utah, a second monitor can save each employee 2.5 hours each day if they use it for all of their tasks. If you have 30 employees, a second monitor saves you 75 hours a day, 375 hours a week, 1650 hours a month, and 18,825 hours a year.
Invest in a second monitor to significantly increase your employees’ productivity, increase their value and decrease your costs. When you can cut costs, you increase your profit margin.
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