PricewaterhouseCoopers said it will now allow its U.K. staff to take off Friday afternoons this summer and to choose the amount of time they spend working from home as they transition to a hybrid work model.
The accounting firm’s flexible-work model includes a “reduced working day” at the end of the week in July and August and anticipates that 22,000 employees will end work after lunchtime, the company said in a statement on its website.
PwC said its employees will have the ability to choose their start and end times during workday, and the company expects they will spend 40 to 60 percent of their time with colleagues in offices or at client sites.
“We’ve long promoted flexible working, and we hope today’s announcements make it much more the norm rather than the exception,” said Kevin Ellis, chairman and senior partner at PwC. “We want our people to feel trusted and empowered.”
“Without conscious planning now, there’s a risk we lose the best bits of these new ways of working when the economy opens up again,” he added. “The future of work is changing at such a pace we have to evolve continually how we do things to meet the needs of our people and our clients.”