Looking after our people
Making a difference to others may not be your first thought if you’re asked to describe the role of a typical accountant – but then we’re not ‘typical’. We believe that we have an important role to play in supporting each other’s wellbeing.
We encourage people to find a sustainable balance between their careers and other priorities in their day-to-day lives. It’s an important part of our culture. To this end, we were a pioneer of agile and remote working practices well before the pandemic, and backed this with a significant investment in our supporting IT infrastructure. We continue to look for opportunities to introduce more flexibility in our ways of working, and to promote the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our people.
“We work hard to foster a strong team spirit and create a welcoming environment, and organise an active calendar of social events.
“These include games nights, book clubs, parties, creative challenges and sporting events.
“It sounds like a cliche, but PKF is a place where colleagues can quickly become lifelong friends.”
Jamie Bonner | Manager | PKF Leeds
We have trained 20 Mental Health First Aiders. They are a first port of call for anyone in the firm who is feeling unsettled or simply needs to talk. The Mental Health Fist Aiders are complemented by a confidential employee assistance helpline, to help staff manage and resolve work-related or personal problems, and our partnership with CABA, the ICAEW’s wellbeing charity.
This is supplemented by a programme of wellbeing workshops designed to help boost physical, mental and emotional health. Run by independent experts, these have covered topics including nutrition, mindfulness, exercise and sleep.
We have also pro-actively created a support network for our staff, with a system of mentors and buddies. They are on hand to help colleagues with everything from providing technical advice to acting as a sounding board.