It’s funny how big of a difference little changes can make.
Earlier this year we started noticing that our employees were doing a lot of tasks that would benefit from more screen space. Laptop screens are more than adequate for plenty, but when you’re doing accounting, customer service, social media, research projects, and the like, it can be incredibly beneficial to snap two windows side-by-side. Not to mention the programming I’m doing or the graphic design that Mike’s doing. It’s not just more convenient, it saves time and cuts down on errors.
It wasn’t too hard of a decision to buy 23″ 1080p LED monitors and USB keyboards so that we could all dock our laptops. When they came in we were all super excited. It was like Christmas. Everyone dropped what they were doing and set up their new monitor. We were universally frustrated with working on laptop screens for entire eight hour days. We all knew that this would have an immediate impact on our work. And it has. Almost every day I’m in I notice each of the guys working on something where they’re benefiting from the larger screen.
Combined with redoing our office last year, we now have a pretty good work environment in our little office. With better lighting, a nice desk, a nice chair, and now the monitor, I feel like I can get just as much done at the warehouse as I can from home. I’m never in a rush to get out of there so I can get home to get some work done anymore. I feel like I can stay and be part of the team without sacrificing productivity.
Stuff like this also shows our employees that we’re creating an environment where we’ll give them the tools that they need to succeed, and that we’ll try do so proactively rather than waiting for them to come to us and complain. I think (hope) it shows that we care.
The total cost for six monitors and six USB keyboards: $1,083.44. Well worth every penny.