KPMG has revealed that from June onwards, its 16,000 strong workforce will work at the office four days each fortnight, as the company moves towards more flexible working after lockdown restrictions are lifted.
The rest of the working week, staff will be based at home or at client sites and will also be able to leave work early once a week.
This plan comes in response to feedback from staff who have said that they would feel comfortable spending most of their time at home.
Whilst employees will have to go to the office for work, meetings or training that needs to be held in person, they will not have to stay for the whole day.
Staff will also get an extra two-and-a-half-hours off per week over the summer “to promote wellbeing”.
In a recent staff survey undertaken in March, 87% of respondents revealed they liked not having to commute, whilst 76% enjoyed the greater flexibility working from home offers and a further 65% felt “they now have a better work/life balance”.
The firm has also launched a range of measures to support the wellbeing of its staff which includes, giving all UK staff an additional day off on 21 June.
The new package of measures forms part of KPMG’s wider investment in hybrid working. Over the course of 2021 the group will roll out an additional £44m programme of investment to transform its offices into collaborative spaces and invest in new home working technology for staff.
Jon Holt, chief executive at KPMG UK, said: “Our new way of working will empower them and enable them to design their own working week. We have listened to our people and designed this strategy around our staff and how they can best support our clients.
“The consequence of the pandemic means we have a whole cohort of people who have never been in the office and never been coached face-to-face - we need to get those connections back. ”
He added: “Our new strategy for the future of work will enable our people to reconnect and test our new ways of hybrid working. This is all about flexibility – we’ll continue to listen to our people and learn as we go.”