This 175-Year Old Accounting Firm Declares Indefinite Work From Home For 20,000 Employees
With well over 45 months into working remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic, companies all around the globe have with time adapted to the shifting requirements and norms of working completely in the online space, to an extent that some of have rolled out permanent work from home for their employees, even post pandemic.
A report covered by Trak.in in December, highlighted that about 54% of a total 740 working class Indians found and enjoyed the WFM culture better than the initial in-office one, while a major percentage of this population portrayed that they would rather take a salary cut of 10% to continue working from home indefinitely.
You can take a deeper look into the results of this report here.
The auditing and consulting giant Deloitte has announced to offer a permanent work-from-home for 20,000 of its UK employees and have provided them with the option to choose ‘when’, ‘where’, and ‘how’ they wish to work in the future.
This means that even after the pandemic subsides, the employees of Deloitte UK will be allowed to continue working from home, shall they choose to.
Flexible WFH Options for Deloitte UK
Due to successful and positive results generated from remote working even during the pandemic, the Big Four giant Deloitte has decided to offer flexible working options to 20,000 employees in the UK.
While this is not the first time the giant is offering flexible working options to its employees, as it had done the same even before the pandemic kicked in, Deloitte UK’s Senior Partner and Chief Executive Richard Houston, has announced that they will completely ditch any plans of ‘office-focused approach’ even after the pandemic.
The employees will be given the freedom to choose the number of days they wish to come to the office, if at all.
“We will let our people choose where they need to be to do their best work, in balance with their professional and personal responsibilities”.
“I’m not going to announce any set number of days for people to be in the office or in specific locations. That means that our people can choose how often they come to the office, if they choose to do so at all, while focusing on how we can best serve our clients,” added Houston.
96% Employees Like Flexible Working Patterns
In a recent survey conducted by Deloitte targeting its employees about their working preferences, it was found that:
- 96% of employees wanted to have the freedom to choose their flexibility of working patterns.
- 81%, roughly 4 out 5 employees want to work not more than 2 days in a week, from the office.
- 86% of respondents ranked ‘collaborating with team colleagues’ and ‘interacting with others’ within the top three ways they wish to use the office space in future.
Responding to the results of this survey, Deloitte announced, “Once the government restrictions allow for a return to offices at 100% capacity, Deloitte will see the firm’s office buildings being used principally for team collaboration, training and client meetings”.
Furthermore, the remaining Big Four accounting firms, KPMG, PwC and EY are currently of the view that employees must return to office for at least to-three days in a week, after the pandemic subsides.