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We have waged a war against working overtime in audit

We have waged a war against working overtime in audit

Our job focuses on neither data, nor numbers; our work focuses on persons.

Our job focuses on neither data, nor numbers; our work focuses on persons.

1. Ms. Seçil, could you briefly tell us about your past in KPMG and human relations in the audit industry? How long have you worked at KPMG, in which positions?

I joined KPMG Turkey in July 2013 as the Organizational Development Leader. As it is well known, KPMG Turkey offers a wide training and development platform with nearly 70,000 hours of yearly training. As the Organizational Development Leader, I was responsible for Performance Improvement processes, organizational productivity works, employee satisfaction, loyalty and promotional processes in addition to all of these technical and social skill trainings. In the last 1.5 years, I have been leading all of the processes within Human Resources and Internal Communications. 

2. What opportunities do you present that would distinguish KPMG among the Big4 and bring your employees a unique experience?

Among its competitors, KPMG has a younger and more dynamic group of leaders. You can climb up the ladder of career rapidly, in a manner directly proportionate to your achievements and initiatives taken. We always hear that people who work in our industry describe us as “more human”. I think this is a value attributed to us because we place the focus on our employees when taking strategic decisions.

The industry we’re in is prestigious and respected. As KPMG Turkey, we go beyond and say “We Create Trust and Bring Power to Change”, which we believe is our reason for being. We believe that our job isn’t just about numbers; but we work in order to bring trust to people, power to the economy, and transparency to the community. This is what we promise our friends joining us.

3. Could you expand on the effects of the flexible working conditions, which you have recently implemented at KPMG, on the daily lives of your employees?

Audit industry is famous for working overtime. But as KPMG Turkey, we make our strategic decisions by focusing on our employees, as I just mentioned. In this framework, in order to change the existing overtime paradigm, we created a new schedule based on balancing the periodic workload of audit due to legal sanctions and limitations by working less during the following periods. Our employees who work overtime during the winter due to legal or regulative time limitations and project deadlines will not be working during the hottest times of the day in summer. Additionally, we close our audit department for 2 weeks, or even 3 weeks including the holiday, in order to make up for unavailable leaves of absence and prevent the projects from spreading throughout the whole year. Because our work focuses on neither data, nor numbers; our work focuses on persons!