Inclusionary efforts earn kudos

By Susan Shalhoub
Contributing Writer
Audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP makes the workplace more streamlined for its 78 Providence employees in thoughtful, logical ways. More

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Inclusionary efforts earn kudos

REACHING GOALS: Managing Partner of KPMG’s Providence office, Kristin Fraser, left, confers with Senior Manager Charlene Sweeney. The firm supports staff through a number of programs, allowing them to serve clients to the best of their abilities.
By Susan Shalhoub
Contributing Writer
Posted 6/25/12

Audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP makes the workplace more streamlined for its 78 Providence employees in thoughtful, logical ways.

These efforts include providing backup elder or day care for staffers who are suddenly left in the lurch with a sick home health aide or baby sitter cancellation. It allows them to share these unused backup-care privileges with other workers who might need them.

The firm provides a women’s council for female employees (though men are invited, too).

And it makes special effort to employ those with disabilities and reach out to the disabled community.

Barbara C. Wankoff, director of workplace solutions, said in an email that for the average person, care systems get off track up to eight times a year. “Employees who use these services give it very high marks – indicating that it has solved a real-time problem when their regular care is temporarily unavailable and they have client/work responsibilities and commitments,” she said.

KNOW, KPMG’s Network of Women, is an employee-driven national network that aims to develop mentoring relationships, create an inclusive culture and further women’s development. Lindsay Palumbo, senior audit associate, helps lead the new, local group, which has 20 members and has earned great praise. “We had an event in Boston on managing career/life choices where a consultant told us about how to reach our goals,” she said. “We left with a five-year plan, basically – a blueprint.”

Add to this the company’s Abilities in Motion Network, which fosters inclusion and implements workplace accommodations for all – earning it several Disability Matters awards – and it all equals success. •

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