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.
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.
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.”