The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Canadians' well-being and supporting employee wellness is a growing business imperative for many organizations.
Having a resilient workforce is a key pillar of KPMG in Canada's Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Strategy, and its approach to employee wellness is one of the many reasons KPMG was named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for the 16th year in a row, one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers in 2022, and #3 in Canada's 20 Best Companies to work for in 2022, according to Slice.
Over the course of the pandemic, KPMG in Canada introduced a number of substantive initiatives to reduce stress and support employee wellness. KPMG introduced its Summer Shakeup initiative last summer, and a Winter Refresh program over the holidays. Both programs were well received by employees.
To recognize the contributions of KPMG in Canada's employees, the firm is implementing a summer where every weekend is a long weekend during the months of July and August, rewarding employees with seven additional paid days off through the summer.
"Our people have told us that having time off matters to them and their well-being," says Emily Brine, Managing Director, Firm Operations, Talent & Culture at KPMG in Canada. "We are wellness-focused when it comes to our people, and this is a reflection of that," she added.
KPMG's Summer Splash ensures every week has a long weekend during July and August. The firm will provide Fridays off for all employees, unless there is already a federal or provincial holiday during that week.
"We are giving all our people longer weekends through the summer to focus on the things that matter most to them – family, friends, pets, summer experiences, and most importantly, their well-being," says Elio Luongo, CEO of KPMG in Canada.
About KPMG in Canada
KPMG LLP, a limited liability partnership, is a full-service Audit, Tax and Advisory firm owned and operated by Canadians. For over 150 years, our professionals have provided consulting, accounting, auditing, and tax services to Canadians, inspiring confidence, empowering change, and driving innovation. Guided by our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Courage, Together, For Better, KPMG employs more than 10,000 people in over 40 locations across Canada, serving private- and public-sector clients. KPMG is consistently ranked one of Canada's top employers and one of the best places to work in the country.
The firm is established under the laws of Ontario and is a member of KPMG's global organization of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International, a private English company limited by guarantee. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such. For more information, see home.kpmg/ca.
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