Viral videos of work-at-home mishaps like pets of kids interrupting video calls are all over the internet. Since the inception of coronavirus pandemic, working at home has been the new norm, but 50% of employees wish they had a better work-life balance.
In an attempt to provide a solution to the aforementioned dilemma and to open new business opportunities for the brand, Accor debuts “Hotel Office” enabling people to book their own hotel room for an uninterrupted, premium remote working experience. At launch, the ‘Hotel Office’ is available in 250 hotels in the UK and a further 70 hotels across Northern Europe, with further expansion of the scheme in Europe expected in the coming weeks.
For professionals struggling to find peace and quiet to work effectively at home, who don’t have a dedicated workspace or who want a change of scenery with all the amenities of a hotel, the ‘Hotel Office’ is the perfect solution. 23% of respondents, which represents over 4.1 million people currently working from home, say they are less productive because of distractions. Professionals can use this daytime booking to escape background noise, ensuring uninterrupted work and the opportunity to conduct conference and video calls in a private, peaceful environment.
Those travelling abroad specifically for work, or who need an urgent working space while on a leisure break, can currently take advantage of the service in countries including Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium (Brussels only at present) and Luxembourg.
Guests taking advantage of the Hotel Office service can book for a single day or select a five-day package. Hotel Office booking rates typically offer a discount on the average overnight rate for the establishment where they are located. They can also earn points towards their loyalty programme, ALL – Accor Live Limitless.
Guests booking a Hotel Office package will have access, subject to availability in participating hotels, to onsite bars, restaurants and wellbeing rooms, in addition to all in-room amenities. For the 5.5 million (29 per cent) workers that are finding it harder to switch off from work because there is no separation from home and the office, operating from a hotel could be the solution.
James Wheatcroft, VP marketing Accor Northern Europe, said: “With millions of people adapting to new ways of working we have been inspired to support this trend by offering a unique office experience, blending the need for quiet dedicated working spaces with all the convenience and amenities of a hotel. The Hotel Office is the home office only better, it ensures people can optimise their remote working experience, offering a professional workspace with room to relax in privacy.”
Those taking advantage of the Hotel Office service can reserve their office for nine hours, with check-in from 9:00 am and a check out time of 6:00 pm. Bookings can be cancelled free of charge up to 2:00 pm on the scheduled day of arrival, after this time the first day is charged. Those booking a Hotel Office can take advantage of food and beverage services, including adding in breakfast, a snack or lunch on the go.
Professionals booking a Hotel Office have the reassurance of Accor ALLSAFE, a global cleanliness and prevention protocol in partnership with Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification. ALLSAFE demands incredibly rigorous hygiene measures are implemented, with each hotel participating in the scheme subject to independent audit. In addition, guests can now access free telemedicine consultations, via the expert medical solutions of AXA Partners.