A NEW WAY OF LIVING AND WORKING
In the last two years, it’s been nearly impossible to escape the phrase “in these unprecedented times” with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s repetitive, inaccurate, and has become annoying to many. More importantly, the novelty and disorientation of the initial wave has long since passed, replaced with an evolved understanding and acceptance of a new way of living and working.
Whatis unprecedented about this particular pandemic era is its confluence with society’s current technological capabilities, particularly in the workplace. The speed and variety of innovations in digital technology that were either built from scratch, retooled, or scaled up have been a boon to organizations suddenly tasked with adapting to a new hybrid model of work. Here, hybrid refers to a workforce that is no longer mandated to be at an assigned desk five days a week, instead splitting time between working from home and working in an office.
THE NEW DEMANDS OF HYBRID WORK
The hybrid model is rapidly gaining popularity. According to research conducted by Cushman & Wakefield, 50% of U.S.-based companies have already adopted the new standard or are planning to in 2022. This won’t come without challenges. Hybrid work demands flexibility, efficiency, and agility from a company’s culture. Those same values must be embodied in the design of a post-pandemic workplace, too.
SMART TECHNOLOGY HELPS MAKE HYBRID WORK SEAMLESS AND EASY
Smart lockers are one of the best digital technologies a designer can specify for a workplace that wants to smoothly transition over to an adaptable hybrid model. Cloud-connected, networked, secure, and data rich, smart lockers are the new frontier in storage. They still achieve the basic function of a locker—a place to safely store personal belongings—with the added bonuses of digital management, reservation, and shareability. For employees, this means a new freedom to come and go as one pleases with the assurance of a place to park one’s things; for facilities, it means the job of managing an office becomes a whole lot easier.
HEARTWORK SMART LOCKERS INTEGRATE LEADING DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
With a tailored approach to technology and a keen eye for design, New York City–based storage brand Heartwork has partnered with the leading smart lock technology solutions on the market. Designed and manufactured in the United States to Greenguard GOLD and HPD-certified standards, Heartwork’s smart lockers are not only flexible, efficient, and agile—they are beautiful, too. The brand took an open source approach that allows clients to choose their locker design and technology, creating a solution that exactly matches their needs. Ten exclusive colors and finishes (bespoke graphics and branding are also available) ensure that Heartwork smart lockers can seamlessly integrate into any office.
Heartwork’s smart lockers can be the answer.”