The Future Workplace

Woman homeworking on laptop.


The workplace is changing rapidly. COVID-19 lockdowns have forced greater numbers of people to work from home for the first time. This is introducing a wider range of employees to virtual working and raising questions over how to manage and support individuals at a distance.

The adoption of greater flexibility in when and where people work raises fundamental questions over what the future workplace should look like. Do we still need offices and if so, what should they be like in order to offer something that working from home can’t? How do we ensure that the flexibility that working from home offers doesn’t come at a cost to individuals or to their organizations? How can technologies and physical spaces help to support collaboration, culture and innovation in the new workplace?

Research overview

This research examines the experience of individuals working in a range of work settings and patterns. We examine impacts on wellbeing, performance, job satisfaction and knowledge sharing. We explore the strategies that people use to help them work effectively. We examine the role of technologies and workplaces in supporting performance, wellbeing and innovation.

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Publications and outputs

  • The future workplace. Afshan Iqbal and Dr Matthew Davis discuss what is meant by working from home and the key considerations around the changing workplace in this episode of Leeds University Business School’s Research and Innovation podcast.

  • How Covid-19 is re-writing the rules of the workplace. Dr Matthew Davis featured in the Yorkshire Post on 18 June 2020, writing about how Covid-19 has revolutionised working from home at a staggering speed.

  • Homeworking and the future of the office. Dr Matthew Davis delivered a webinar on 11 May 2020 as part of Leeds University Business School’s “Impact on Business: Lockdown webinar” series.
    Infographic summarising the main points made during the webinar. An accessible version (text describing the infographic) is also available.

Image of top part of an infographic about working from home