Choosing Accommodation Facilities for the Purpose of Business

Business accommodation has specific elements, or requirements at least, which may set it apart from the “run of the mill” or leisure accommodation. Specific to these elements is a consideration of timescales.

Business accommodation has different definitions of short and long term than leisure accommodation. A normal business trip is usually only for a night away, maybe two – and so a long term trip can be as short, in reality, as five days. In fact, any working trip where the worker is away for more than the five working days that make up a full week may be usefully thought of as a long term business stay.

The definition difficulty is compounded when you look at the accommodation facilities actually available for the purposes of business – and the considerations that a business must make when looking into them. For normal to long term stays from the business point of view – i.e. anything from one to six nights – it is common to use an hotel. When a business trip becomes, instead, a permanent or semi-permanent venture, other options may be sought.

The hotel is ideally suited for normal to long term business trips, particularly if it is an hotel set up for the purposes of accommodating business people. It tends to be the aces that evidence of this is found in the size and layout of rooms; and of the services that are promoted by the hotel for its guests. Wireless internet connections and seminar or conference accommodation are but two of the more common.

A business trip may be said to become “permanent” or semi-permanent when it begins to stretch into periods of weeks. This commonly occurs through long term placement, or when a person has a job in one area, to which he or she commutes on a Sunday night and where he or she stays until the Friday.

In either case, an environment more like home is called for. To facilitate this, what might be called “super long term” or “semi-permanent” business accommodation is created. This is normally an apartment or something similar, furnished and furbished with weekly services – laundry and cleaning being the most common.

In essence, semi-permanent business accommodation of this nature must straddle two countries: the land of work and the vale of leisure. A person who works long stretches of time away from his or her home environment, or who is required to commute routinely between home and a distant town for work, needs to feel some of the comforts of domesticity in order to retain his or her good humour and productivity.

It is well known that the unhappy worker, or the bored worker, becomes unproductive. Long term secondments in which a person lives from an hotel room can be peculiarly hard on the psyche, and may lead to a noticeable drop off in the quality and effectiveness of work over time. Plus, hotel accommodation, while convenient in short bursts, begins to add significant cost to a company budget.

Self catering and serviced accommodation can, in long term situations, offer a viable alternative.

About Author: Emma Hamilton is a freelance content writer and writes articles on travel found Cambridge accommodation.

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