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KPMG launches 'four-day fortnight' hybrid working plan

May 14
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As businesses and employees adjust to new ways of working in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, KPMG has announced details of a hybrid schedule that will come into effect for its 16,000-strong UK workforce from June.

Under the plan, the company's staff will be expected to spend up to four days in the office every two weeks, with the rest of their time spent at home or at client sites.

KPMG settled on this model after feedback from its workforce showed people would feel comfortable spending most of their working hours at home.

Nearly nine out of ten respondents to a recent staff survey (87%) said they appreciated not having to commute, while three-quarters (76%) enjoyed the greater flexibility that comes with working from home. Two-thirds (65%) of employees said their work/life balance had improved as a result of increased remote working during the pandemic.

Jon Holt, chief executive at KPMG UK, said the company trusts its people and wants to "empower them and enable them to design their own working week".

He also noted that the firm's offices will be focused on collaboration and learning.

"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," Mr Holt continued.

"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."

KPMG also announced other measures designed to support staff wellbeing, including an additional day off on June 21st. During the summer months, employees will get 2.5 hours off every week to take some time away from work and "re-energise". 

Over the course of 2021, the company expects to invest an additional £44 million in turning its offices into collaborative spaces and delivering home working technologies for staff.

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