Annual Review 2018 - Wellbeing at KPMG - KPMG United Kingdom
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Wellbeing

Part of what makes us a fantastic place to work is the support we provide to our people

Our approach to wellbeing is underpinned by four key priorities: preventative health, mental wellbeing, financial wellbeing and support for working families.

On preventative health, we know our colleagues lead busy lives, so our new core health benefit, available to all our people, gives access to GP appointments 24/7, 365 days a year, via an app. It means colleagues can check symptoms, receive advice and arrange follow-up treatment or care whenever it suits them.

On mental wellbeing, we recognise that change is needed across society to increase awareness and encourage people to talk openly about mental health. We’re playing our part in this, with the launch of a new learning programme to boost understanding of mental health across the firm and our people’s ability to support each other when needed.

On support for working families, our Empowering Parents programme gives people coming back from parental leave special coaching, training and mentoring so they get back into the swing of things as quickly as possible. Crucially, the programme also includes guidance for managers on their role in helping our returners. We’ve run 32 workshops this year and feedback continues to be very positive.

Roisin Murphy and Roisin Sharkey have recently been promoted to Director and perform a job share role of Head of Corporate Responsibility. “We’ve returned from maternity leave, so we’re both balancing parenthood with our careers” explains Roisin Sharkey. Roisin Murphy adds: “The Empowering parents network has provided so much support in helping us and we’re looking forward to sharing our experiences of returning to work in a job share with the network”.

This year, we undertook a review of our vision for mental wellbeing and invited external assessments from expert organisations including Mind – who gave us a Silver Award for our approach. Using their recommendations, we’ll continue to develop our work in this area, recognising the value of health and wellbeing to our business.

We are immensely proud of how our wellbeing initiatives have developed and the people who’ve helped us build them. Testament to our success, Jessica Carmody, Chair of KPMG’s UK mental health network, Be Mindful, was been named Employee Champion in this year’s Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index awards.

We know there’s still much more to be done to normalise the dialogue around mental health. It’s vital that we keep talking about mental health, so we can change attitudes and behaviours from a culture where people may be ‘suffering in silence’ to one of openness, compassion and support.

Jessica Carmody, Chair of KPMG’s UK mental health network

Focus on: KPMG at the Commonwealth Games

As the Commonwealth Games kicked off this summer on Australia’s Gold Coast, we were supporting and acting as official professional services adviser and supporter.

In a first for our firm – we were also competing.

Alexandra Skeggs is a Managing Director in our UK Deal Advisory practice. An investment banker by trade, she joined KPMG in 2017 and advises our clients on their funding options and capital needs.

When Alexandra isn’t advising financial services clients, she spends the majority of her weekends and holidays clay-target shooting. Within two years of taking up the hobby, she was shooting for England and won an individual silver medal and team gold at the 2015 World Championships.

This year – after months of juggling training and a full-time workload – Alexandra was selected to represent her native homeland of Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games. We asked Alexandra how she managed to balance the demands of her sport with her job: “It’s tough, but it’s the best thing for me. It helps my career as it’s not only a sport and a passion, but also a mental break from work. I find the switch helps me return to work with energy and new ideas. Naturally, the competitive nature of sport also hones my focus and determination to succeed.”

“I think one of the important things it’s taught me is that there are a number of surprising things people can do well if given the opportunity. It shows what exposure to new challenge can bring, either in your professional career or personal life. It’s one of the things I think KPMG does really well: providing the opportunity for people to transfer their skills and gain broad experience throughout their careers.”

Alexandra Skeggs, KPMG UK Deal Advisory Managing Director

It’s tough, but it is the best thing for me. It helps my career as it is not only a sport and a passion, but also a mental break from work. I find the switch helps me return to work with energy and new ideas. Naturally, the competitive nature of sport also hones my focus and determination to succeed.

I think one of the important things it’s taught me is that there are a number of surprising things people can do well if given the opportunity. It shows what exposure to new challenge can bring, either in your professional career or personal life. It’s one of the things I think KPMG does really well: provides the opportunity for people to transfer their skills and gain broad experience throughout their careers.

Alexandra Skeggs, KPMG UK Deal Advisory Managing Director