In a white paper this week, Herman Miller highlighted one of six trends they’re seeing across all industries: the rise of shared workspaces. Companies are starting to use unassigned, individual workplaces, and one of the main items that’s traditionally been immune to personalization and adjustment is the monitor.
It boils down to this:
If the monitor isn’t in the right place—which varies by individual—people will contort their bodies in unhealthy ways in order to create the right distance between their eyes and the monitor.
There are a number of factors that go into monitor adjustment:
- Between the tallest and shortest people (the 95th and 5th percentiles), there’s an 11-inch difference between eye level
- People who wear glasses generally prefer the monitor 20 to 25 degrees lower than people who don’t
- Individual preferences for viewing distance range from about 20 inches to about 40
All of those together mean that adjustable monitors are crucial for the comfort and health of employees, particularly in workplaces with shared individual workspaces.