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Plantronics Recognized by Leesman as a Leader in Employee Satisfaction and Workplace Effectiveness for Its European Headquarters

Survey from renowned global business intelligence firm ranks

Plantronics Netherlands office among the world’s best

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 5:00 am PDT


Santa Cruz, Calif.
"It’s gratifying to have our Hoofddorp office recognized by Leesman as we continue to keep people and the human experience as our top innovation priority moving forward."

Santa Cruz, Calif.  – June 26, 2018 – Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, today announced that its European headquarters in Hoofddorp, Netherlands, has been ranked as of one the world’s most effective and satisfying work environments for employees by Leesman, a global firm that examines how workplaces affect employee and organizational performance.  


Leesman determined the ranking using its Leesman Index, a global business intelligence rating system, which captures employee feedback on how effectively the workplace supports them. The Leesman Index measures a variety of factors, including employee satisfaction around the level of support for important work activity, as well as acoustics, temperature and natural light in the office.


The Plantronics European headquarters garnered the highest Leesman ranking possible, known as Leesman+, which is awarded to an elite group of workplaces that score 70 Lmi or above on Leesman’s standardized performance scale. Plantronics scored 82.3 Lmi which places the office in the top three Leesman+ buildings in Europe and makes it the highest scoring Leesman+ building in the Netherlands. Only six percent of all workplaces measured by Leesman have received the Leesman+ certification.


The Hoofddorp office actively applies the Plantronics Smarter Working framework, which comprises people, places and technology to help ensure an optimal, holistic employee experience. Plantronics applies this same approach to its global headquarters in Santa Cruz, California and additional locations around the world.


“For nearly 60 years, Plantronics has been delivering solutions that help improve people’s communications experiences,” said Joe Burton, president and chief executive officer, Plantronics. “It’s gratifying to have our Hoofddorp office recognized by Leesman as we continue to keep people and the human experience as our top innovation priority moving forward.”


Every single aspect of the Hoofddorp building – the architectural design, materials, interior furnishings, desk layout and even the pictures on the wall – were selected purposefully around employee needs to develop the most engaging and collaborative work environment possible. In order to combat speech distraction, the number one problem with the open office, Plantronics installed its intelligent acoustic management system called Habitat Soundscaping. Habitat Soundscaping is a multi-sensory solution using biophilic design principles that includes the sights and sounds of nature that dynamically adapt in real time to minimize noise and distraction. The outcome is a truly functional open office that promotes both collaboration and focus work; a perfect balance between wellness and productivity.


Highlights from the Leesman Index survey include:

  • 91 percent of Plantronics employees say the office design creates an enjoyable work environment, and all (97 percent) say they’re proud to host visitors here.
  • A further 87 percent say the office allows them to work productively, with nearly 85 percent saying it helps them share ideas and knowledge with their colleagues.
  • Employee satisfaction with noise levels in the office is more than double the Leesman benchmark. 
  • The vast majority (90 percent) are happy with the variety of places to work in the office, showcasing the building’s ability to support people with different workstyles.
  • More than 90 percent of people surveyed believe the workplace has an impact on environmental sustainability, an issue that resonates with most workers and shows support for the ethos of the office park that houses the Hoofddorp building, known as Park 20|20.


“Plantronics is an excellent example of a client who understands how the workplace can play a central role in supporting employee performance and so too, organizational performance,” said Gideon van der Burg, Managing Director Benelux at Leesman. “Throughout this project, they have put employees at the center and have focused on building a working environment around what is important to them, based on employee data. Their exceptionally high score on satisfaction with noise levels is especially impressive and serves as an example to many other organizations who find this feature difficult to
‘get right’.”


About Plantronics
Plantronics is an audio pioneer and a global leader in the communications industry. We create intelligent and adaptive solutions that support our customers’ most important needs: experiencing and facilitating simple and clear communications while enjoying distraction-free environments.  Our solutions are used worldwide by consumers and businesses alike and are an optimal choice for open office environments. From unified communications and customer service ecosystems, to data analytics and Bluetooth headsets, Plantronics delivers high-quality communications solutions that our customers count on today, while relentlessly innovating on behalf of their future. For more information visit


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Methodology of the Leesman Index for Plantronics

The survey of Plantronics staff took place between November 23, 2017 and February 4, 2018, with a total of 74 respondents from its office taking part. Leesman also conducted an earlier survey at Plantronics previous office location between February 4-12, 2015, revealing a 7.1 percent increase in the most recent results. Full comparative data can be shared upon request. 

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