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Invest $87.99 and Get a 1,279% Return in 12 Months



David ByrdA few months ago I read a comment regarding worker-productivity improvement when given a second monitor. I must admit that I didnt give it any real thought since I have had dual monitors for some time. However, in my quest to provide you with the best information available, I looked into the claims. On the high side, there are proponents of dual monitors that claim a 50 percent improvement in productivity. Studies by NEC, Microsoft and HP have returned results as low as 9 percent and up to that amazing 50 percent increase. Therefore, quite a few articles and blogs have attempted to determine if indeed this is the case. Most of the studies have analyzed developers who are using either oversized or dual monitors, but I also saw a study analyzing the performance of investors/brokers. In all cases, productivity improved with the greatest increase noted when people were switching often between multiple applications and moving information from application to application.

Using the lowest considered increase of 9 percent, an annual salary of $50,000, and an estimate of 25 percent of the workday using a PC, results in a savings of $1,125. Thats $1,125 per year on an initial $87.99 investment.

Furthermore, multiple articles and blogs suggested that while measuring the productivity may be difficult, the subjective measurement is immediate. Give dual monitors to a heavy user of a PC or laptop and then attempt to take it back after a few months. It takes a brave person to face the gnashing of teeth and guttural growls. I know. I tested the idea yesterday by suggesting that I needed to take away a monitor and give it to another co-worker. Bad idea!

Consider this, perhaps it looks like an extravagance to have dual monitors in front of your workers, but instead, you are actually getting more work out of them. Lets see, currently Broadvox provides me with two monitors; after this, they may be motivated to ship me a third.

See you on Monday.

David Byrd is vice president of marketing and sales for

Broadvox

, and is responsible for marketing and channel sales programs to SMBs, enterprises and carriers as well as defining the product offering. Prior to joining Broadvox, David was the vice president of Channels and Alliances for Eftia and Telcordia. As director of eBusiness Development with i2 Technologies, he developed major partnerships with many of the leaders in Internet eCommerce and supply chain management. As CEO of Planet Hollywood Online he was a pioneer in using early Internet technologies to build a branded entertainment and eCommerce website company partnered with Planet Hollywood. Having over 20 years of telecom sales and marketing experience, he has held executive positions with Hewlett-Packard, Sprint and Ericsson.


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