Empowered Well-Being

In today’s competitive business environment, investing in well-being helps to attract and retain top talent by addressing the flexibility, wellness, and development opportunities that professionals value. Well-being is important in a high-performance culture—which is why Deloitte invests in a holistic approach that empowers its people to focus on their well-being and supports them throughout their life journey. We care about our people and we want them to be successful in their professional and personal lives. At Deloitte, our people are our greatest asset, and we believe that the well-being of our people is the well-being of Deloitte.

We talked with our people to better understand their diverse well-being needs and learned that many want programs and resources to support them in work and in life. To better meet the demands of our evolving workforce, Deloitte developed and launched Empowered Well-being in 2015. This approach gives our people the support and flexibility to make daily choices that can enable them to be energized, confident, and aware. Empowered Well-being provides the opportunity for our people to personalize their experiences in the ways that matter most to them in body, mind, and purpose.

At Deloitte, well-being is a key priority of our talent strategy and a tenet of our inclusive culture. Empowered Well-being goes beyond traditional benefits to provide employees with programs and offerings that foster a culture of well-being, including:

  • Programs and benefits: We provide comprehensive and flexible benefits to eligible employees that support their diverse needs. Some of these benefits and programs include generous and flexible paid time off (PTO), sabbatical options, flexible work options, a subsidy that can help cover the cost of well-being-related purchases, and well-being days that allow our employees to collectively disconnect. More recently we released the Family Leave program, which offers 16 weeks of paid leave to both men and women to care for a new child joining the family through birth or adoption or to care for an ill family member.
  • Education: We offer in-person science-based energy management courses, online micro-learnings, and well-being guides on such topics as nutrition, movement, positivity, impact of technology on well-being, mindfulness, stress management, and more. Well-being is seamlessly integrated into Deloitte University, where guests have access to a state-of-the-art fitness center, wellness professionals, and nutritious food. Well-being offerings and energy breaks are incorporated into program agendas, resulting in participants who are energized, refocused, refreshed, and poised for optimal productivity.
  • Leadership and networks: To reinforce its commitment to well-being, Deloitte named a well-being leader to create and drive the strategy of Deloitte’s well-being approach. But Empowered Well-being also involves leadership at all levels, including our CEO, in setting the example by recognizing well-being behaviors, sharing their own challenges and success stories, and actively discussing well-being with their teams. We also developed a network of well-being ambassadors and inclusion councils at Deloitte to help share and encourage well-being behaviors and activities in their groups, teams, and offices.
  • Data: Our Vitals dashboard provides data to identify people at risk of burnout well before they crash. This dashboard leverages data from existing systems to help leaders understand workload, travel, and whether professionals are using their PTO, so they can engage in ongoing well-being-related discussions with their individual team members.
  • Well-being behaviors: Empowered Well-being is driven by the motto that small changes can have a big impact, so we encourage well-being behaviors throughout our workday. For instance, we incorporate energy breaks—such as stretches, meditation, and games—into daylong meetings to help get people reenergized. We provide well-being activity baskets for project teams to keep in their conference rooms so they always have access to fun and engaging energy break activities. We also offer virtual chair yoga sessions to provide professionals an easy way to incorporate movement, stretching, and mindfulness into their day. And our client teams reinforce flexibility and predictability in employee work schedules by encouraging such project-based initiatives as reduced business travel schedules, consistency in business travel scheduling, identification of core work hours, and setting norms around evening and weekend email.

Each year, we conduct a talent survey to measure employee engagement around well-being, trust and integrity, future vision, and more. From fiscal year 2015 to 2016, our survey reported a double-digit jump in well-being, and our most recent survey continues to trend in the right direction. Employees indicated a higher rate of satisfaction with flexibility, predictability in schedules, stress level, and support, showing that continued investment and action has resulted in meaningful improvements across the organization. Additionally, our 2017 ranking for the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For jumped an astounding 26 points from last year.

At Deloitte, we see well-being as a journey. Empowered well-being is a step in the right direction for us. Over the next years, we will be developing more well-being educational programs to help our people learn and implement well-being behaviors, and we will continue to look for ways to innovate our well-being-related offerings to meet the evolving needs of our people.


 About Deloitte

Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including 80% of the Fortune 500. Our people work across more than 20 industry sectors to deliver measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to make their most challenging business decisions with confidence, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthy society. For more information, visit Deloitte’s U.S. website at: http://www2.deloitte.com/us/en.html.

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National Managing Director for Well-being