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The winds of change

Published: 2022-05-13 12:29

Hi, my name is Lovisa Truscott and I work as a Senior Infrastructure Developer at Essity. I will take over the Life at Essity blog this week and this is my first blog post.

What a difference 2 years makes

Imagine how work-life has changed in the last 2 years! It was never a question a few years ago that you should come into the office daily and it was on a rare occasion you worked from home, usually when the chimney sweeper came or perhaps when your car was in for service. Only two short years later everyone seems to agree that roughly a 50/50 combination of office work and work from home is the ideal mix, me included!

..and add a couple of more years to that

Going even further back, when Essity was still SCA, work life was even more different. When I joined Essity about 6 years ago we were residing in another building in Gothenburg; a HUGE building with what felt like about a thousand rooms where almost everybody had their own office. I can honestly say that the place was a maze. If someone would have left me in there on a Friday it would have been doubtful if I would have made it out by Monday!

We moved into the new building around Christmas 2016. It was an absolute joy to move into this modern and futuristic colossus in the middle of Mölndal! Me and my colleague managed to invite ourselves for a pre-look when the building was still being built so the move was much anticipated.

All single offices are now only a faint memory and we are all sitting together in an open plan setting. Instead we have an array of bookable and drop-in rooms available if the conversation is more private (or loud!). Works great!

Next to come

Now, we are in the process of implementing ”dynamic workspace” at the Essity office in Gothenburg, with the floor where IT resides being the last one out. The concept involves more flexible work areas including a “home-space”. Curious as ever I have however already had a sneak peak on one of the floors below and it looks very cozy and homely. It’s our turn next week so who knows, maybe it’s so nice that we feel like coming back full-time?

By the way, anyone else that thinks the new Essity building looks like a giant toilet roll? I’ve heard it from several people. It’s quite fitting though, isn’t it? 🙂

* First picture in text: Anna Svensson and Lovisa Truscott at an office preview

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