Balancing work and personal life is a challenge for everyone, and it is a significant concern for parents and caregivers, particularly as the new school year begins with virtual and hybrid learning models.
To support the overall well-being of KPMG professionals and their families, the firm introduced several enhancements to its caregiver benefits and new resources.
These enhancements build upon the family care solutions already provided, which include discounted nanny placement, tutoring and caregiver databases, and virtual learning experiences. In addition, in March the firm expanded its paid leave policy to help people who may have unexpected issues related to the COVID-19 virus that prevent them from working, such as caring for themselves or family members. This leave time is above and beyond any leave to which they otherwise may be entitled.
“Since the start of the pandemic we’ve made a concerted effort to stay in touch with our people through regular check-in surveys and focus groups so that we can keep abreast of how they’re doing and what additional support or resources they may need," said Darren H. Burton, Vice Chair, Human Resources at KPMG. "One of the things we heard loud and clear is that while work-life balance is a challenge for everyone right now, it’s a particularly significant concern for parents and caregivers as the new school year begins amid so much uncertainty. Once we heard this, we went right to work to identify ways we can provide assistance, by enhancing some of our existing benefits programs and introducing new ones.”
In the coming weeks, KPMG will also be introducing several other new and enhanced benefits, including:
KPMG also recognizes that formal programs and benefits can only do so much, and that many people, regardless of whether or not they’re a caregiver, have challenges managing their workload during these challenging times. The firm is looking at ways to further promote and embrace the use of flexibility programs to help people more effectively manage personal and professional responsibilities.