Five reasons why lockers are an office must
There’s far more to lockers than hiding smelly sports kit and keeping the office tidy.
1. The way we work has changed
We may still be waiting for the completely paperless office, but there is no doubt that we’re filing far fewer documents than we used to thanks to digital storage. This coupled with more flexible and agile working means that the need for personal storage is outstripping the demand for work-only storage in the office. As offices become more about congregation and collaboration, we’re no longer tethered to a desk, but we still need somewhere to keep our ‘stuff’.
People are bringing more and more high value items to work such as laptops, tablets and sports equipment. According to a survey by retailer McArtherGlen, the average cost of the contents of a women’s handbag is £521, so a safe place to stow items is essential. Especially if you consider the slightly alarming Home Office crime figure that states that one-third of ‘theft of personal property’ takes place at work.
3. Creating space
Lockers reduce the need for desk-based storage and can be used as visual and traffic barriers between groups and departments in open plan offices. For added flexibility, counter tops and power units can be installed on top of standing-height units for additional touch-down or meeting areas. Or, if you want playful, how about a creating a surface for table tennis or football?
Using a mixture of colours and materials on locker doors is a simple and cost effective way to make a statement and to reflect company culture and brand. Easily changed or upgraded, striking results can be produced, especially if the other furniture is mainly grey or white. Postal slots and moveable internal fittings are common customisable additions and employees can be given the freedom to personalise their locker with an identifying photo and internal accessories.
5. A sense of belonging
With communal workspaces and nomadic working becoming the norm, having somewhere for people to keep personal things is increasingly important because it gives them a space to control and therefore peace of mind. It’s not easy to create an agile working environment that works for everyone, but making people feel quickly at home through clearly identified and individual stowage spaces helps keep employees connected and feeling part of the team.
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