Our research

We strive to understand why some workplaces deliver where others fail. And, as our global benchmark database continues to grow, we can mine the data for patterns and correlations that could help inform workplace strategies.

Our research

We strive to understand why some workplaces deliver where others fail. And, as our global benchmark database continues to grow, we can mine the data for patterns and correlations that could help inform workplace strategies.

Accessible insights

Armed with this knowledge, we can examine the key opportunities and challenges faced by workplaces today, often questioning industry preferences and popular workplace myths along the way. We believe everyone should have access to this information, so please browse through our collection of research reports and articles below.

The World’s Best Workplace 2019

Published February 2020

Our latest research report takes a closer look at the 32 workplaces that received Leesman+ certification in 2019, and provides valuable insight into what made them stand out from the rest.

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Workplace Experience Revolution Part 2

Published 2019

This research investigates the extent to which new workplaces succeed in delivering a better workplace experience.

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The World’s Best Workplaces 2018

Published 2019

Out of 971 buildings surveyed in 2018, only 28 achieved Leesman+ certification. Our report explores what elevated these workplaces above the rest.

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Workplace Experience Revolution Part 1

Published 2018

This research explores how the physical, service and virtual aspects of the workplace shape employee sentiment.

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The World’s Best Workplaces 2017

Published 2018

We examined 24 workplaces that received Leesman+ certification in 2017 to understand what makes them stand out from the rest.

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The Next 250K

Published 2018

Our research examined 250,000+ employee responses and unearthed five key factors that influence workplace performance.

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Activity Based Working

Published 2017

We share the results from our research project which stress tested the concept of ABW at a greater depth than ever before.

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Further academic insight

Explore more academic insights from our journal, The Leesman Review.

  • Academic insight
    How to thrive
    in a VUCA world
    In a world where anxiety is on the rise, how can we create a culture where breaks are encouraged?
  • Academic insight
    Wilful
    ignorance?
  • Academic insight
    The complexity
    equation
    Dr Peggie Rothe analyses the relationship between role complexity and how well employees feel their environment supports them.
  • Academic insight
    The creative
    imperative
  • Academic insight
    Dr Stephen
    Peake
  • Academic insight
    James
    Woudhuysen
uncertainty, technology, decision-making

Academic insight

How to thrive in a VUCA world

In a world where anxiety is on the rise, how can we create a culture where breaks are encouraged?
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data, experience, uncertainty

Academic insight

Wilful ignorance?

How do our instincts fuel workplace misconceptions? Dr Peggie Rothe analyses Hans Rosling’s Factfulness in relation to the workplace.
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sustainability, change, risk

Academic insight

Dr Stephen Peake

The natural world is changing. Professor Stephen Peake gives us his take on the adverse effects of climate change on businesses.
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AI, infrastructure, creative

Academic insight

The complexity equation

Dr Peggie Rothe analyses the relationship between role complexity and how well employees feel their environment supports them.
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Academic insight

The creative imperative

Building an environment that inspires creativity is more important now than ever before. Dr Michael Bloomfield breaks down how to do it.
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innovation, productivity, experience

Academic insight

James Woudhuysen

James Woudhuysen muses on what the design and architecture community can learn from the decline of Debenhams.
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