Here are a series of questions which you can ask in relation to your own office to answer whether your workplace needs lockers.
Workplace lockers are becoming more and more popular. But why? And how do you decide whether your office needs them? We answer these questions and more, including advice on how to make your office smaller and lower your overheads. All to decide if your business does need lockers in the office.
Do You Want To Implement Hot Desking? (And What The Benefits Are)
If you are interested in modernising the culture and dynamic in your office, you should look into implementing a hot desking policy. This is something which office workers increasingly want.
There were a couple of big surveys last year, which we covered on this blog, which showed people are becoming less receptive to (and less productive when) working in the same place all day, everyday.
Hot desking means that no employee takes permanent ownership of a particular desk. It encourages staff and teams to intermingle, share their thoughts, goals and working habits with each other more readily.
It should make for a more fluid and productive office as staff can work in a setting and location more suited to their current mood and the task they’re working on.
All of this choice is precisely what the leading office designers in the world are promoting, because this is what workers want.
To implement hot desking, staff need to a safe and centralised place to store their equipment and belongings. They can be returned there at the end of a working day and picked up again the next day.
Do You Want To Make Your Office Smaller?
Building on hot desking, another aspect to be utilised through lockers is being able to make your office smaller through desk sharing.
More and more offices are switching to something in the region of a 7:10 desk to user ratio in their office. Obviously this means that there are less desks than staff, but if you have traveling sales teams or encourage staff to work from home at least one day a week, then this isn’t an issue.
It will in fact mean that you can reduce your spend on rent by letting a smaller floor space.
Have You Thought About Renting Co-Working Space?
Or, alternatively, it can free up some of your desks to be rented out as co-working space or a shared office.
Particularly suited to city centre locations, but not necessarily exclusively so, a growing trend is for freelancers and remote workers to rent a desk in shared space office. This avoids the loneliness and potential distractions of working from home, but negates the huge commitment of renting a formal office.
Lockers would be a great addition to this service you could offer, because regular users wouldn’t need to transport all of their equipment or confidential documents to and from your office each and every time they used it.
Are Some Staff Based In Your Office Part Time?
If you have staff who are also working out of a regional office or a team of traveling sales reps or site managers who visit head office intermittently, you should provide locker storage.
There is no reason to provide each of these employees their own desk, because the majority of them will be sat empty for large amounts of the time. And sharing a desk, without a space to put your own things, can result in possessions being mixed up or lost.
Lockers resolves this.
Are Desks Spaces Cluttered?
Lockers can also be used by permanent office staff, with their own allocated desk, in order to maintain a clean and tidy working environment.
One of the key selling points of modernist and minimalist offices is the clear workspace environment is designed to promote a clear and focused mindset. Coats on the backs of chairs, bags sticking out from under desks, porridge bowls next to monitors… they all disrupt this process.
Having a locker to put one’s belongings in massively reduces the clutter in an office.
Do You Work With Sensitive Information?
Some businesses might work with documents or information which is particularly sensitive. Lockers provide a safe and secure place to store such paperwork and files overnight and at weekends.
Company accounts, HR information, invoices and contracts, and all other manner of documents that used to be kept in locked filing cabinets can instead be kept in an attractive office locker system.
Do You Have Room In Your Office?
Finally, check that your office has the space to house a locker system. If not, you might need to reconfigure the layout a little. You might want to use a locker unit as a dividing wall or create a feature.
If you want to look further into improving the furniture in your office or create room, then check out our furniture buying checklist. It helps you decide what each desk set up needs and helps you keep everything organised.