Procter & Gamble, makers of Crest, Scope, Tide, and a ton of other products, is cutting down on employee shenannigans by banning steaming sites like Pandora Music and Netflix movies and TV. Man, talk about evil. Those employees need those sites to…um…to um look at product placement or something.
When P&G’s IT sleuths investigated why the company’s computers were running so slow, they found something surprising:
More than 50,000 YouTube videos were being downloaded from company computers every day. Along with watching videos, P&Gers were listening to 4,000 hours of music a day on Pandora, the personal playlist Web site.
The demand for desktop videos, music and other non-business entertainment delivered to PCs through P&G’s Internet network was so great that it exceeded the company’s capacity, “requiring immediate intervention,” according to an internal memo obtained by The Enquirer.
The digital emergency led P&G to block Pandora and the movie and video site Netflix “as a first step,” and to warn workers about using the company’s Internet network for personal reasons. [via Cincinnati.com]
Basically, anything you can watch or stream at work it being watched by the ‘Man’.
What’s funny is that I’m guessing P&G doesn’t advertise much on those sites. Netflix, I understand. It’s subscription based. But Pandora has ads and allegedly other sites that do the same features are still allowed. Interesting. Conspiracy!!
Smaller competitors to Pandora and Netflix, such as Spotify, Hulu and Vudu, are also off the hook — for now — as is increasingly important P&G customer Amazon (Prime) [via AdAge]
Spotify and Amazon are left free. Hmmm…. Even though Amazon Prime, which allows people to rent and buy movies and TV shows, is smaller (way smaller) than Netflix, it is growing and has a lot of the same shows. Plus, Amazon sells a ton of P&G products so I guess that’s OK. Not sure about Spotify even though it seems to have a larger music database.
Personally, I’d love to see how someone can tie in Netflix to getting their work done. I mean, checking out an episode of 30 Rock or Mad Men on your break is one thing. It’s how I’ve spent many a lunch but even I feel guilty by catching up on a full season of The Walking Dead when I’m supposed to be working.
I feel bad, it doesn’t stop me, but I feel bad. Guess that’s where the old iPhone comes into play.