Coping with the lockdown has proved a bit harder than anticipated for Bill Michael, who has stepped down as chairman of top accountancy firm KPMG UK.
According to newspaper reports, straight-talking Aussie Michael was decidedly unsympathetic when confronted with the results of an internal survey at KPMG UK that indicated large numbers of staff were having difficulties coping during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a virtual meeting, Michael reportedly accused staff of moaning and “playing the victim card” after the survey also uncovered concerns about pension contributions, salaries and bonus payments.
Michael later apologised for the remarks but the damage had been done and he quit his post, while the company instigated an independent inquest into the incident. It is not known whether his departure is permanent or just for the duration of the investigation.
According to the Financial Times, Michael who was hospitalised last March after being infected with the COVID-19 virus said in a response to an enquiry from the Pink ‘Un that “lockdown is proving very difficult for all of us”.