Looking around the Adsmarket office, I have seen many account managers, finance analysts, and VPs using more than one screen on their desk. Does this also sound like you? Most of you use the laptop screen as the secondary screen, am I right?
If the screens are not set up right, it may affect the condition of your neck and upper limb, and may raise the risk of orthopedic problems in these areas.
It is very important that the setup effectively minimize looking to one side, repeated one-sided movements and the worst movement to the neck: extension (like a back bend).
I would like to set some ground rules for ergonomic setting of multiple screens:
1- Find out how much time you spend working with each screen, if your time at each screen is more or less equal; position yourself at the middle; between the 2 screens. If one of the 2 screens is more dominant (around 70% of your time), position yourself in front of the main screen and try to locate the secondary screen to your right side for one week and to your left side for the next week, and so on…
2- If you work with a laptop and a screen; try not to work with the laptop as your work station, try to raise your laptop screen to the height of your LCD and work with an external keyboard and mouse.
If you are not sure you have it right you are welcome to send me a picture of your setup and I will be more than happy to advise!
ErgoTips are provided by Dalit Ben Tovim, a renowned ergonomic consultant and trainer who serves Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller corporations and organizations. Contact her at DalitATergo4u.com, and please visit the ergo4u website.