Good WiFi, quiet atmosphere and access to snacks are the most desired necessities when working remotely, finds research

A new survey from Premier Inn, Britain’s top-rated hotel chain, reveals that working remotely no longer means a café or shared working space, but that hotels are the most popular choice (79 per cent) followed by coffee shops (36 per cent) and libraries (34 per cent). With 87 per cent of office workers stating they work away from the office now more than they ever have before, the survey delved into what people seek when looking for alternative working locations.

The key components needed for the perfect remote working location were found to be good WiFi (81 per cent), a quiet location (64 per cent) and convenient location (64 per cent), alongside the essentials including access to snacks (43 per cent) and no time limit to the working day (48 per cent) meaning guests can work from the comfort of their hotel room at any time of day.

This rise in working remotely is driven by varying factors including avoiding office distractions (50 per cent), convenience (44 per cent), seeking a quiet location (38 per cent), increasing productivity (28 per cent) and escaping office overcrowding (20 per cent).

Ed Fotheringham, Head of Sales at Premier Inn comments: “With over a third of office workers preferring to work from a hotel room or lobby, rather than sitting in a nearby coffee shop or office space, it’s clear that working habits are very much evolving. People are looking to beat weekday rush hours and we have seen a trend for people checking into their hotel rooms earlier than ever before to ensure they can finish off that important pitch or presentation. It is now easier than ever to work remotely, meaning hotel rooms are just as accessible for Britain’s busy workers as their own homes.

“Hotels are the perfect space for people to work as they meet the core needs of people looking to work remotely with free WiFi, quiet working spaces and convenient locations across the UK.”

Whilst ‘working from hotel’ is on the rise, there are still things Brits miss about being away from the office, with the survey highlighting some interesting views, including:

  • Nearly a quarter of respondents worried about missing out on office gossip and chat (23 per cent)
  • 28 per cent are concerned they won’t be able to easily bounce ideas off colleagues