Whether you have a fixed workstation or change workstations regularly a good workstation where you can work in a healthy posture without physical and mental discomfort is a must. But how does a monitor arm contribute to this?
- An important reason for using a monitor arm is that it enables you to determine the correct viewing distance. The right monitor arm enables you to adjust the height, depth and angle of your monitor so you can work in the most comfortable position and with the least discomfort.
"Scientific research shows 10-15% more productivity, 33% less errors when using two or three screens."
The distance to the screen should be at least 60 cm (arm’s length), but preferably over 60 cm. The entire screen should be around 10 - 20° degrees below your eyeline. With the monitor in this position, the eyes can acclimatise and converge better and it reduces overall eye strain. An optimal monitor position is much more comfortable and increases productivity by 10% compared to an incorrect position. The recommended viewing angle recommended is 'eye-level placement' (this gives a lower muscle strain than an angle of -35 degrees). (Sommerich et al., 1998).
- A monitor arm provides flexibility. It is easier for your colleagues to look along with you. Tilt your screen slightly if light is reflecting off it. That improves working comfort somewhat. But some arms also allow you to position your screen vertically.
- A monitor arm contributes to a tidier workstation. There is more space because your monitor is floating rather than standing on your desk. And a tidy desk appears to have a positive effect on concentration and reduces stress.