Traditionally, the business traveller is accommodated in a hotel. With central locations and a predictable setup, the hotel has long been the default choice for purchasing managers and PAs.
While there’s nothing wrong with a hotel, its suitability for medium to long term business arrangements can be less obvious. In terms of cost effectiveness and productivity, placing individual employees in hotel rooms for more than a week is not cost effective.
There are two basic considerations in play here. The first, from a purely business oriented point of view, is the price of housing employees in separate rooms. As days turn into weeks this cost can become insupportable.
Any purchasing manager has a duty to look at the best ways to find cost effective solutions for his or her business, from the buying of new IT equipment to sending employees on training courses and secondments. If there is a way to put up multiple employees for less than the cost of two hotel rooms, the purchasing manager has to consider it. If, in addition to providing accommodation for multiple persons at a flat rate of cost, an alternative location may also offer the option of account custom and flexible payment dates, the purchasing manager must make the move.
Serviced accommodation in Cambridge is one such option. It allows multiple users to stay in the city for a flat cost, based on the size of the rented apartment, rather than at a multiple cost based on the number of people staying.
It was noted earlier in this piece that there are two considerations in play when looking at different types of accommodation in Cambridge. The first was a purely money oriented decision based on the cost of accommodating individual employees. The second is a performance based consideration, which has to do with the capability of a specific type of accommodation to relax its occupants.
In simple terms – long stays in hotels (anything over a full working week) are not good for morale. While a hotel clearly has common areas, and may also incorporate access to a gym, the basic personal space allotted to each guest is minimal – the size of his or her bedroom. All meals, excepting room service, are to be consumed in a public environment, which requires the employee to dress. At the end of a long day, and perhaps more pertinently at the end of a collection of long days, the last thing anyone wants to do is turn themselves out for dinner and eat in the company of a roomful of strangers.
Serviced accommodation in Cambridge can have a direct impact on the productivity of a worker, by giving them the freedom to relax and unwind in an environment that is more like home. Separate bedrooms and eating areas, in which they are able to eat at times more suited to personality and schedule, can have a hugely beneficial effect on relaxation levels – making employees happier to stay away from home for longer periods.
There are multiple options for accommodation in Cambridge – including hotels and serviced apartments.