When you think of lockers, the image that comes to mind may be stacks of dull, grey boxes that lined the halls of your school as a child or the smelly, battered frames you hang your towel in at the gym. You may not think of them as a creative and essential storage solution that is fast becoming a staple of any modern and streamlined office – but that’s exactly what they are.
Lockers have seen an explosion in popularity in recent years that has been due largely to the dwindling availability and rising prices of office space. Employers have had to get smart with how they use the space they have and ensure that their offices can comfortably house as many employees as efficiently as possible.
Lockers act as a solution to this problem by providing staff with a private and secure place, away from the main workspace, where they can store their belongings during the working day. By doing this, the space needed at an employee’s desk is reduced, allowing for the installation of additional workspaces for further employees. This increases capacity and helps to maximise space efficiency. It is an approach that is particularly useful in call centre environments where the more bums on seats there are, the more likely the company is to make money.
Another reason for the surge in popularity of lockers is due to a conscious move towards flexible and mobile working in a bid to improve employee wellbeing and encourage greater collaboration. As a result, desk under-utilisation has become a big issue – it’s estimated that on average, just 59% of desks are used during office opening hours.
With desk space being at a premium, many companies are removing assigned desks altogether and taking steps towards reducing the number of desks in their offices. With a desk to employee ratio of 1:1.2, or in some instances 1:1.4, it’s impossible for staff to have a set desk to call their own, but it’s still important that they have somewhere secure and private that they can leave their belongings whilst they move from desk to desk throughout the day. And this is where the lockers come in!
At James Tobias, we offer a range of lockers that can be customised by size, by colour, by finish or by locking option, entirely around your employees and what they need to make their locker space their own. We even offer wireless charging technology that can be fitted inside lockers or throughout your office environment to ensure that your on-the-go employees always have the fully charged mobile devices they need, when they need them.
Still picturing a row of grey, depressing lockers? Well don’t! We can create colourful, creative and beautiful finishes and custom graphics that integrate seamlessly with the look and feel of your office. Why not take a look at just a handful of them here?
To talk to us about how we can help you streamline your office and make the most of your space, give us a call today on 01278 437 300.