Bloomberg LP Removes Time Stamps on Emails

Journalists at Bloomberg LP may be breathing a sigh of relief this week.

That is, according to the New York Post, the time stamp on emails has now been removed. Apparently it revealed to everyone when employees swiped in and out of the building.

One employee revealed to the newspaper, “It was way overdue.”

The time stamp has been in effect ever since the company was founded; it stamped the time and status on every single email. Considering it was stamped by messages sent by reporters and salespeople, what if you have to leave the office early to interview a source? Or arrive late one morning? Yes, all of the time stamps were previously included on emails.

One source explained, “It was way too intrusive. If I needed to squeeze in a doctor’s appointment and came in at an unheard of time like 9:45 a.m., that would show up on every email I sent to anyone internally.”

And even if you’re working in the field, the time stamp was still in effect. An insider added, “It made you feel like you constantly had to get back to the office even when you were out doing your job.”

According to the piece, professional development director Melinda Wolfe outlined in the distributed memo, “Removing the time stamp is a signal that we want employes to focus on their work rather than the amount of time they spend at work. When you think about our Bloomberg culture expectations — working hard, moving fast, acting boldly — watching the clock just isn’t part of our DNA.”