Everyone wishes they could get more done in less time. Another computer monitor might be the solution they’re looking for.
It’s not a ploy to sell fancy LCD monitors — more accountants are swearing by the multi-screen method. AICPA estimates employees can see up to a 50% increase in productivity. Others put that number somewhere closer to 20%, but even that’s an amazing feat, considering many companies have older monitors idling in storage.
The key to increased efficiency: Employees can consult info on one screen while they’re working on something on the other. That means greater accuracy, fewer errors, and best of all, no need to switch between pages and re-size windows.
Plus, it can be done with almost no cost. Hardcore multi-screen users suggest using special programs to synch the monitors up, but generally, any computer running Windows Vista or XP will be able to link them. Once they’re set up, a mouse or the Alt-Tab keys can easily switch between screens.
Another cost-saver: With two or more screens at their disposal, employees won’t need to print nearly as much paper. The savings in the first month alone are enough to spring for a sleek 22-inch model.