J.P. Morgan Wants Its Employees to Stop Working on the Weekend

January 21, 2016, 5:15 PM UTC
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J.P. Morgan Chase has joined other Wall Street banks in telling its investment bankers to improve their work-life balance by taking weekends off.

Unless, of course, there is a big deal in the works.

In a business where multimillion dollar bonuses are at stake, 100-hour work weeks are not unusual.

But the issue of work-life balance has intensified in recent years following the death in 2013 of a Bank of America Merrill Lynch intern who allegedly had worked 72 hours without sleep.

J.P. Morgan’s (JPM) announcement was made on Thursday by Carlos Hernandez, head of global banking, on an internal call with as many as 2,000 employees listening in, company spokeswoman Tasha Pelio said.

The changes apply to everyone in J.P. Morgan’s investment banking unit, from analysts to managing directors, Pelio said.

Bank of America (BAC) and Morgan Stanley(MS) introduced similar policies to improve the work-life balance of employees last year.

J.P. Morgan is also rolling out a promotions program to enable top-performing analysts become managing directors more quickly.

The standard 12-1/2 year wait to become a managing director will be reduced by four years if a lower level employee exceeds expectations at all junctures, Pelio said.

Goldman Sachs Group (GS) announced a plan designed to retain junior bankers last year.

J.P. Morgan will also employ more technology in its workflow, particularly apps, in a bid to speed up work and gather and present data faster.

The Wall Street Journal reported details of J.P. Morgan’s plans earlier on Thursday.

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