Deloitte has told its 20,000 UK employees that they can work wherever they want when Covid restrictions are lifted as the accounting firm takes a fully flexible approach.
In an email to staff on Friday, Richard Houston, Deloitte’s senior partner and chief executive officer, said he will not force employees to be in the office for a specified number of days or at specific locations.
“That means our people can choose how often they come to the office, if they want to, while focusing on how we can better serve our clients,” he said.
The movement goes beyond your The four great rivals KPMG, EY and PwC, who have said that employees should go to the office at least two or three days a week.
Houston said the pandemic has shown the company can trust its workers to make the right decision in terms of when, how and where they will work, “in balance with their professional and personal responsibilities.”
Deloitte employees will only be able to work from UK locations under the plan, but the company is also considering whether staff could work abroad for a period in the future.
The move comes a day after Downing Street said it was consulting on how to make work flexible. the default option For millions of office workers, it raises fears that urban and urban centers will never regain their pre-crisis dynamism.
A recent internal survey at Deloitte showed that 96% of employees wanted the freedom to choose their work patterns, while more than four in five said they expected to work in the office for up to two days a week.
Accounting firms were quick to outline long-term hybrid roadmaps compared to other industries that have been more reluctant to make concrete decisions.
Comparatively, major investment banks such as Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan have already ordered a significant number of bankers to return to office. Earlier this week, Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman told staff that if they are happy to go to restaurants, they can go back to the office.
Deloitte was also one of several accounting firms that recently closed some of its offices due to reduced demand for space caused by remote work.
Houston said that once the government allows offices to return to full capacity, Deloitte’s office buildings will be used primarily for team collaboration, training and client meetings.
Houston added: “We want to make sure we maintain the flexibility of remote work, without losing the connections and collaboration opportunities we need to make a difference for our clients, our people and society.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to reap the benefits of the past 16 months of being able to spend more time at home, while our people can be flexible in how they work and reconnect with colleagues and the office as needed.”