The levels of fear that flow through your veins when the in-house space planner comes strolling into the open plan office with a set of plans to audit your office space are sometimes comparable to armageddon. You know they are up to something and all of a sudden your desk has become the most precious commodity you “own”. These days this piece of real estate is typically crowded with notes, papers, planners, keyboards, monitors, lamps and phones, not to mention pictures and other personal knick knacks. Now it all seems under threat – and you’ll do just about anything to convince the designer why you shouldn’t be moved or if you are, you need significantly more space. Sound familiar?
There is enough research that confirms that the modern office worker is spending less and less time at their desk. Staff meetings, client meetings, site meetings, toilet breaks, lunch, coffee, snacks – these are all becoming part of our daily collaborative routine and the ACTUAL time spent at your desk (even though you hate to admit it) has become significantly less. Corporates are adjusting to this and as space is becoming a premium the desks are getting smaller and in some cases we are even being asked to share our workstation!!. You are no doubt a multitasker that needs oodles of space to perform your duties effectively so pray tell how on earth are you going to cope with less retail space at your desk and potentially share it with someone else?! This a a major crisis, SOMEBODY HELP!!!!!
There is a simple solution that is becoming the center-piece of the modern ergonomic workstation: The dynamic monitor arm.
While healthy posture can be achieved without it, only a monitor arm allows the user to access his or her many daily tasks without twisting, turning, straining or reaching. Plus, a monitor arm allows the monitor to be adjusted and repositioned quickly and easily, ensuring every user can work in ideal ergonomic conditions.
Vision drives posture
Take a quick look around your office and tell ask yourself how many of your colleagues are sitting on the front edge of their chairs? The flat screen technology that is prevalent on most of our desks more often than not means the screen is placed deep into the workstation to give you most retail space available on your desk. In most instances these screens are placed on reams of A4 paper or a standard Yelow Pages in order to get the screen to a comfortable viewing height. The result is that you now have a static screen position and you’ve lost that treasure space on your desk.
By elevating the monitor up off the work surface, a monitor arm frees up the valuable space directly in front of the user, leaving notes, documents and other work materials within easy reach. Plus, the monitor can be easily pushed out of the way to create extra work space if needed. In addition, bringing the screen towards the user means we finally get to use our ergonomic chairs exactly what they were design for – leaning back into the chair engages the lumbar support which the majority of flat screen users seen to have forgotten how to do.
Desk sharing and smaller workspaces have become common place – take a Call Centre Desk as an example. Shift patterns see different users (large, thin, tall and short) occupying the same space in a single day. By allowing the monitor to be easily adjusted and repositioned, a monitor arm is the perfect tool for multiple-user workstations. Within a matter of seconds, a new user can position the monitor at an optimal height and depth. Plus, the monitor arm’s effortless lateral adjustment encourages collaboration and information sharing.
The addition of a monitor arm instantly increases the amount of usable desk space available to the user and allows work materials to be arranged within the Neutral Reach Zone. As a result, the workstation not only becomes more functional, it makes a much more efficient use of space. Particularly when floor space is at a premium, the monitor arm is a critical solution to one of the real problems of the modern workplace.