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Improving Productivity (With Science) 208

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the start-by-blinding-yourself-with-it dept.
An anonymous reader writes "It's common knowledge that multiple monitors increase productivity, but there isn't actually any research to support that assertion. However, studies have shown that there are a few simple tweaks to the work environment that do increase productivity. Among them: use high temperature light sources and keep office plants."
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Improving Productivity (With Science)

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  • by llZENll (545605) on Thursday March 24, 2011 @12:31PM (#35600842)

    I actually bought that exact chair as mentioned in the article, with the additional $200 chrome upgrade, about 4 years ago, it was awesome for the first few years, and then I had a huge problem with lower back pain. I went to the doc, tried stretching, muscle relaxers, massages, sleeping differently, it turns out it was the chair, after switching to a $39 Ikea chair http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70133761 [ikea.com] my back pain finally went away after a few weeks and has been awesome since. I tried switching back to the Aeron a year ago for a month, but my back started hurting again soon after. The point of my story is just because a chair is expensive or has many adjustments does not mean its the best for you, and you may very well find a very comfortable chair for a lot less.

  • Re:The article lies. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by jdgeorge (18767) on Thursday March 24, 2011 @01:16PM (#35601608)

    The article (second link in summary) about ways to increase productivity doesn't mention multiple monitors, and appears to have relevant research backing up all of its suggestions.

    The Advice column (first link) does appear to be something a lazy writer pulled our of his or her... uh... ear.

    Overall, the summary is exactly the quality I expect to find on Slashdot.

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