Accenture wants “No late calls and fewer Friday meetings”

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Accenture wants its employees less stressed, announces No late calls and fewer Friday meetings

As the world in under lockdown and IT professionals are working from home, top IT services major Accenture feels that the employees are more stressed while being at home. 

According to a Bloomberg report, Accenture has asked people to end conference calls by around 5:30 p.m. each day and limit the number of big meetings on Fridays during the summer. Moreover, IT services major Accenture is also promoting training to help employees understand the science behind stress.

Currently, the company has more than 500,000 employees in 200 offices globally, and 95% of its staff is working remotely, as coronavirus worldwide pandemic.

While the company has noted remote working employees are doing their best and productivity increased during the crisis. Accenture is also paying much attention to how employees are managing their work-life balance.

“We’ve been very focused on mental health and helping people make sure they take breaks,” Jack Azagury, who oversees more than 10,000 employees as Accenture’s market unit lead for the U.S. Northeast. “It’s not like we’re working from home — it’s that we’re living in the office. We do need to be very careful about people burning out.”

Amid all the new planning, Accenture is also drafting to make changes to kitchens and common areas to control the flow of people and ensure social-distancing guidelines.

With the plan to bring employees back, Accenture is first trying to help those working from home deal with the stress that can accompany such arrangements. As work from home has increased the pressure on every working individual, many employees are also working longer hours and feeling more stressed.

So, Accenture is doing its bit for employees during this pandemic because it believes that Mental health is not a minority issue, it touches almost all employees and can impact their ability to enjoy and live life to the full.


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