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The Workplace as a Productivity Asset?

20 May 2016 | Updated 01 January 1970

A new study into workplace’s contribution to business performance was formally launched at ThinkFM, BIFM’s annual conference in London.

The Stoddart Review will bring together business leaders and workplace experts to assess why organisations continue to see workplace as a cost rather than an asset that they can use to unlock latent value in their workforce.

The Review has been brought together by the British Institute of Facilities Management' Cushman & Wakefield, The Crown Estate, Polly Plunket-Checkemian and Joanna Lloyd-Davies. Leesman was announced as an Insight Partner for the first edition, gifting data from the Leesman Index, the world’s largest independent database on workplace effectiveness. The Index highlights that only 54% of UK employees agree that their workplace enables them to work productively.

Speaking after the event Polly Plunket-Checkemian said: “We have the opportunity to make a real difference amongst business leaders to ensure that workplace is not considered a cost but a productivity asset.

"We’ve been astounded by the level of industry support for the concept of this first edition with early support from Sodexo, ISS, Engie and Condeco which we greatly welcome.”

Tim Oldman, who co-launched the programme said: “For six years we have been amassing data around the world on the contribution that workplace is making within organisations and the numbers show that there is an awful lot of work to do.

“However, the FM profession must also rise to the challenge because if this is a success they will need to be ready when their senior leaders start to ask them what they are doing about it.”



The Stoddart Review is now calling on those that are interested in being involved. There will be one-to-one interviews conducted with senior leaders in business as well as a two day ‘Open Views’ forum in which those with a view on workplace can present their thoughts and ideas for consideration. Those that are interested in taking part should contact

Picture: Polly Plunket-Checkemian



Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 20 May 2016


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