PwC has announced it will be introducing a flexible working arrangement for the firm’s 22,000 employees to provide them with greater flexibility for post-pandemic working.
Referred to as the ‘Deal’ by the firm, the initiative is part of PwC’s response to changing work patterns over the past year, as well as part of its commitment to reaching net zero operations.
Employees will continue working from home while spending an average of 40-60% of their time with colleagues and have a reduced work day on Fridays between July and August.
Kevin Ellis, chairman and senior partner at PwC, said: “We’ve long promoted flexible working, and we hope today’s announcements make it much more the norm rather than the exception. We want our people to feel trusted and empowered.
“These changes are in direct response to soundings from our people, who’ve said they value a mix of working from home and in the office. We want to help enshrine new working patterns so they outlast the pandemic.”
He added: “Without conscious planning now there’s a risk we lose the best bits of these new ways of working when the economy opens up again.
“The future of work is changing at such a pace we have to evolve continually how we do things to meet the needs of our people and our clients.”
Laura Hinton, chief people officer at PwC, added: “Our people continue to go above and beyond to support their teams and meet the needs of their clients. While not everyone is able to work flexibly all of the time, we want to make it as easy as possible when they do.
“From discussions with our people and clients, we believe these changes will make a real difference, helping support greater work life balance and giving our people more confidence to work flexibly.”
She added: “The policies will be phased in as lockdown restrictions ease and more people return to the office over the coming months.
“PwC told its people this week that its offices in England and Wales are open for those with a business or personal need or those who feel they can be more effective spending some time in the office.”