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January 31, 2022

Mobile office working in 2022

Take your next meeting away from the office

The shift away from office meetings

Staying away on business or travelling for meetings is the new way to work on a daily basis. Self-catering accommodation, apartments and serviced accommodation are set to replace the main office working environments and offer a more flexible approach to corporate life and improve wellbeing in the process.

However, here are still some essentials that are needed to ensure productive and effective working conditions.

Good Wi-Fi

Depending on your role, if you are creating videos or processing large files and uploading them regularly you may wish to check the speed for your destination to ensure this can be done.

Most city centre locations now have ultrafast internet connections, with many others having high speed. If when you arrive the performance is not up to what you were expecting, think about uploading overnight when speeds tend to be quicker, or you are not having to wait to use your laptop for other purposes. Alternatively, if you are using public transport to get to your meeting destination, consider investing in a USB 4G/5G dongle to connect to a mobile network, or using the WiFi hotspot from your phone to work. Click here for instructions on how to enable a WiFi hotspot from your mobile device.

Desk space

It is always a good idea to pack an extension lead, just in case the sockets are too far away to charge the laptop when working in your accommodation.

Good working height and a comfortable chair is so important. Remember to get up from your chair regularly and have a walk around, even if only to grab a coffee.

Working on a balcony

How idyllic is it to work on a Balcony? This can be really refreshing; self-catering apartments and serviced accommodation can often offer a really special alternative to the office block working environment.

Chilled sofa working

Sofa working is very chilled, but might not be recommended as it may not be the best for your posture. It is the ideal setting though if you are having an informal meeting with a work colleague or just answering some emails at the end of a long day. A laptop tray can be a useful item to pack if you regularly like to catch up on the couch!

Meeting people

When inviting others to join you at your accommodation for a face to face meeting, a dining room makes a great board meeting setting. With plenty of space to spread out around a dining table to have a relaxed, productive meeting, and also to enjoy a card game afterwards to unwind.

Amazon Haven Leeds Dining Table

Equipment - the essentials and the "nice to have"

Presenting and working from a big screen.

If you are using a laptop, you may be able to cast to the tv although this can sometimes produce some delay, might be good for two screen working e.g.  just cast one tab.  Additionally, it is perfect for showing a presentation. Maybe pack an HDMI cable too as a backup. 

How to cast from your laptop to a compatible smart TV –

Pack light and increase security – Using online storage instead of a hard drive or USB sticks that can be lost or stolen.  Access cloud files from everywhere and any device where there is Wi-Fi. There are many great providers including Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive.


Nice and quiet for online meetings

Good set of headphones/earphones – check for noise cancelling option.  Because this function keeps background noise to a minimum it means you can keep the volume lower – hence more protection for your ears longer term. It is usually personal preference if you prefer headphones or earphones – the later being easier to throw in a travel bag.

The last thing you might like pack is an eco-friendly bike. Either to commute back and forth to meetings from your accommodation, to the shops or to explore the local area. These hand-crafted wooden bikes are a new generation of sustainable bikes and e-bikes now available in the UK. The foldable model is ideal to put in the boot and accompany you on your travels around the UK for business.

While we all get used to a new way of working over the coming years, the development of more bespoke accommodation, products and services to cater for our mobile working will come to the fore.  In the meantime, look after yourselves and each other. 


Find your next mobile office accommodation today!


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