Reuters reported accounting and consulting firm PwC will allow all its 40,000 U.S. client services employees to work virtually and live anywhere they want making it one of the biggest employers to embrace permanent remote work.
The policy departs from the accounting industry’s rigid attitudes, known for encouraging people to put in late nights at the office. Other major accounting firms, such as Deloitte and KPMG, have also been giving employees more choice to work remotely in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
PwC employees who choose to work virtually would have to come into the office a maximum of three days a month for in-person appointments such as critical team meetings, client visits and learning sessions.
PwC said in a memo to employees that the new policy is designed to attract and retain talent and become more diverse. Partners at PwC whose team members choose to be in the office regularly will not be allowed to work completely remotely.