• designstudioottilia

Roll Container or Locker? – How Nordic Individualism Plays a Part in Employee Satisfaction

Agile working, agile workplace, agile furniture. And now?


Last week we disposed of two hundred roll containers, each of them full of old and forgotten hand creams and sweets, that nobody will ever eat.


Roll containers have been an important part of the office interiors; practical, personal, a piece of furniture that follows you from desk to desk. You can place your important documents, after work sports equipment and that afternoon chocolate in the drawers – and in case you need a seat, you can put a pillow on top of it and roll on to the neighbour’s desk.


Now that the pandemic has brought us to a point where the offices are not used the same way as they were, many companies are changing their environment to more agile seating.

There might be a booking system for desks and rooms, or you just show up and the first come first serve rule applies. However, it seems to be the good old roll container that is causing a lot of headache, since everyone needs personal belongings during their working hours.


Now that the pandemic has brought us to a point where the offices are not used the same way as they were, many companies are changing their environment to more agile seating.

The agile work environments have replaced the personal container with lockers, which are somewhere central to be found. Maybe you have a key, maybe an RFID card or a code, that lets you access your personal goods.


From the planner's point of view we are often struggling with the proper amount of lockers. Should everyone have their own, or should there be as many lockers as there are desks? Should guests and clients have a possibility to store their belongings while visiting? Is one team locker enough, or should the lockers be used only during working hours and be available for the next person the following morning?


From the Nordic point of view we prefer smalls lockers for every individual. For every employee there is a personal box which is available for them from the first day of work. Supporting employees in their individual needs is a key to a more relaxed and trusting work environment. Giving a person a possibility to store their medicine, hair brush or second pair of shoes gives an employee a sense of a safe and steady workplace, which is of course our goal when hiring new talents to our team.


From the Nordic point of view we prefer smalls lockers for every individual.

The lockers do not need to be big enough to store a winter jacket and a skate board, just a drawer with enough place for a laptop will do. Placing the lockers in a central location that is close to the entrance helps employees to start their day from there – and if possible, a water dispenser would be well located next to the lockers. A well hydrated employee is a happy employee. 😉


If you need a hand taking a look at your floor plans for optimizing the locker situation, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

.

23 views0 comments