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Goldman allows senior staff to take unlimited vacation



Goldman Sachs Group Inc will allow senior staff to take an unlimited number of vacation days, the latest move by a Wall Street bank to retain talent in a heated job market.
Partners and managing directors at the New York investment bank can take time off when needed “without a fixed vacation day entitlement,” according to a company memo. Junior employees still have limits on vacation but will be given at least two extra days off each year under the new policy that was introduced at the start of the month.
All Goldman staff will be required to take three weeks off each year starting in 2023. That includes at least one week of consecutive time off.
The vacation policy comes more than a year after junior analysts at bank complained of 100-hour work weeks and declining physical and mental health in “inhumane” conditions. That reverberated across Wall Street with firms pledging to do more to improve work-life balance of their staff.
The unlimited vacation policy may have limited impact in practice. A 2017 study by HR platform found that employees at firms with open-ended holiday allowances typically ended up taking fewer days off a year than under traditional systems.
Still, it’s an eye-catching move at a time when competition to retain employees and attract new talent has intensified. Companies from Wall Street to Silicon Valley are grappling with renewed focus on work-life balance while seeking to roll back workplace policies implemented during Covid-19.
Goldman last month ended free breakfast and lunches at the office — a perk to lure staff back to work. The bank has been one of the most aggressive among financial firms to push for a return to office.

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