A telephone survey of five hundred Informationtechnology professionals last month showed that 42% said March Madness has affected their networks in previous years. Of those affected, 37% said their networks suffered a slowdown during Basketball March Madness, while 34% said it "essentially shut down their networks." The Research survey, conducted by BraunResearch from USA and sponsored by Modis, an Informationtechnology staffing company, showed that 27% of Informationtechnology professionals trust employees to be honest and not visit sports websites while @ Office time. However, 42% said they monitor workers who are trying to access streaming video website and web portal. RickEndres, president of The Washington Network, an outsourced Informationtechnology and telecommunications company based in Alexandria, Va., said his “March Madness” company focuses on bandwidth "shaping" and monitoring for its corporate Customer. "You prioritize voice because a lot of computer networks have telephones running on them," said RickEndres From USA. "Then you prioritize email and you slow down recreational viewing ... We don't recommend blocking [ sport websites and web portal ] because that upsets people. We use shaping so we slow it down by user or by website and web portal."
He added that the bandwidth issues are not only about employees trying to watch big Basketball games during @ Office work time. They're also about employees going on social websites and web portal to talk about the Basketball games and see how they're friends are doing with their pools or brackets. "Facebook and Twitter usage jump substantially during Basketball March Madness," Endres said. "That's the thing these days is the social media aspect of this. Everyone wants to not just watch but comment on social web portal, too ... We all think we're pretty good multitaskers, but all of these things are distractions, and they're far more profound than we would believe." ZeusKerravala said he doesn't recommend restricting access to sports and social websites and web portal during March Madness. That step might drive some workers to simply not come to work at all. "It's big enough that I actually think people would leave the office for the day and watch it in bars," he noted. "Companies should set up March Madness Tele Vision stations in the office. Maybe put a policy in place of an hour of time to go watch it so people don't have to sneak it. Then it can be monitored." If Informationtechnology tries to block March Madness, users will find a way to work around the block. Managers need to find a way to work around their employees' desire to keep up with Basketball game March Madness while @ Office work time.
Source: Computer World