KPMG workers to get compulsory yoga and mindfulness sessions

Sebastian McCarthy
Auditors will be shunning the spreadsheets for spiritual fulfilment
Auditors will be shunning the spreadsheets for spiritual fulfilment (Source: Getty)

Compulsory yoga and mindfulness sessions are being introduced for employees at the top accountancy firm KPMG.

Increasing pressure on workers has led the Big Four firm to create a three-day training excursion, which will allow KPMG’s 4,000 auditors to tap into their inner zen.

It is part of a "quality transformation programme" headed up Michelle Hinchliffe, the company’s head of audit.

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Dubbed the "KPMG university", the project will also deal with how to challenge clients on their accounts.

A spokesperson for KPMG said: “There is a hell of a lot of scrutiny in the profession right now, and this is part of a bigger plan to improve that.”

They added: "What we really wanted to do was face-to-face training, so we are doing compulsory three-day away days all round the country."

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Everybody from newbies to partners will be taken to the retreats.

Hinchliffe said: “Auditors are under significant pressure to perform and I think stress levels are increasing.”

She added: “The leadership have to help staff to deal with the criticism over the quality of audits, both technically and mentally.”

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