PS: The hotels in Oslo are called slightly different hotels. Ex-drug addicts, disabled, exhausted and mentally ill people who come here have a second chance. Some of them have re-entered working life.
-Tone Johansen said that sometimes you only need one person to see you.
The 51-year-old woman is sitting on a wooden bench at the reception desk in Oslo’s possibly smallest hotel PS: Hotell by Choice. Norwegian guests often check out with handkerchiefs, but the breakfast at the hotel downstairs is quiet.
Johansen worked in the Minister of Shipping for 14 years before having to report sick leave. She was exhausted and couldn’t bear to continue working in this industry.
-It seems that I will never work again in my life, she said.
She spoke calmly and restrained, placing the coffee cup safely in front of her.
For ten years, she has been looking for a suitable job. She volunteered, traveled, received more education and tested various industries. But nothing can restore her energy.
After working in the hub system for several years, Johansen became a “candidate” at PS: Hotell.
Located between Mathallen, Skarpe Kniver and Døgnvill, this small working hotel was founded in 2011 by Oslokollega (an organization owned by the Oslo City Government, non-profit organizations and private companies).
The hotel employs people in need, from exhausted occupational injuries to former drug addicts and former criminals to enter the job market.
In 2016, Nordic Choice Hotels and PS reached an agreement: Petter Stordalen, the hotel-hotel king, is confident in the project and hopes to recruit candidates for his own hotel.
-PS: Karin Sjögren, the personnel manager of Nordic Choice Hotel, said that Oslo Kollega has made great efforts to attract those who eventually quit work and life. For us, they have contributed to many outstanding employees. We and our The guests all expressed their appreciation.
She said that candidates from PS to Choice chain are excellent.
She said that almost all the interns sent by PS worked for us.