It is the second time in 12 months that HqO has expanded through acquisition. In November 2021, the firm acquired OfficeApp, a European tenant and employee engagement platform, which expanded HqO’s services into the corporate workspace.
The acquisition of Leesman bolsters HqO’s commitment to transforming the modern office and enabling people to connect with their workplaces.
HqO claims to be used by 57% of the Fortune 100 firms “to enhance workplace experience, improve employee satisfaction and drive operational excellence”. Its intelligence covers more than 250 million square feet across 25 countries, and currently serves international clients including J.P. Morgan, Dell, JLL, Jamestown, Grosvenor, and Gecina. Customers will benefit from robust insights to enhance HqO’s technology and services, enabling data-driven decisions that can be directly measured to improve work services and experiences.
The HqO Workplace Experience Platform is designed to help companies and real estate teams to support workplaces by providing “experience services to help employees thrive and produce the best results”.
Leesman has enabled 6,410 organisations in at least 100 countries to capture employee thoughts on work environments and benchmark performance against the world’s largest workplace dataset. The company will continue to operate independently, offering customers objective surveys and benchmarking services. Its collection of workplace experience data, which includes almost a million office respondents and nearly 300,000 home-based respondents, will augment HqO’s offerings.
The partnership said it will benefit customers in several ways, including:
- More technology to execute workplace strategies
- A larger team with a wider range of experience
- A greater physical presence in key markets
- A larger pool of data and insights
- A larger global footprint.
Chase Garbarino, HqO’s CEO, said: “The Leesman Index has been transforming how organisations benchmark their workplace experience for more than a decade, helping some of the biggest brands in the world improve their employee experience through their rich dataset and proprietary methodologies. We’re thrilled to bring this excellence to our customers and look forward to offering them even more tools and services, along with the world’s biggest dataset for better, data-driven decision-making.”
Tim Oldman, founder and CEO of Leesman, added: “Becoming part of the HqO family will dramatically accelerate our ability to support the world’s best organisations on their data-driven workplace experience strategies. Together, we can offer an unparalleled depth of insight into exactly how place impacts the people who work there – be that the home, the office, or the myriad of places in between.”