Modis Survey Finds One-Third of IT Departments Will Take Action Against
Streaming March Madness in Office
CEOs, senior employees often exception to the rules
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 13, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With the March Madness
basketball tournament less than a week away, IT professionals around the
country are preparing for the office network issues that often accompany it,
according to a 2013 survey from Modis, a leading provider of information
technology staffing. The survey shows that 34 percent of IT professionals will
take some action to prepare for March Madness, including banning March Madness
video, throttling video feeds, or simply blocking content altogether. More
broadly, 48 percent of IT professionals say their company takes action to
block, throttle or ban the streaming of all non-work related content in the
Interestingly enough, it seems the rules on content streaming may not be the
same for all employees. Even though companies may have a policy banning
streaming content during March Madness, more than half - 66 percent - of those
surveyed indicated they would make an exception for the head of the company
(i.e. CEO or president) and 52 percent would do the same for senior employees.
Content policies are becoming the norm in corporations — and it looks as
though they aren't going to ease up anytime soon. Of the 48 percent of IT
departments currently taking action against streaming content, including March
Madness, 29 percent believe their company's policies will become stricter over
the next two years. Only 4 percent believe they will become more relaxed.
The March Madness tournament is a month-long series of college basketball
games that draw attention from sports fans across the country. Because many of
the games are played during traditional work hours, many people attempt to
watch them streaming live from their office computers.
"March Madness is one of the most popular sporting events in the country, so
many fans don't want to miss a minute of it — even if they're at work," said
Jack Cullen, president of Modis. "However, streaming content can put a
significant burden on networks and the IT professionals responsible for
maintaining them. Instituting systems and policies to block or reduce access
is really the most logical option."
Among those companies that don't completely block content, there are different
ways IT professionals manage the effect of content streaming events, like
March Madness. Of those surveyed 30 percent resort to monitoring for violators
of content policies. Twenty-four percent of respondents say they remind
employees about the company's content streaming policy, while 23 percent ask
employees not to visit sports sites, relying solely on the honor system.
Other findings include:
oIT professionals are just like everyone else. Despite admitting to giving
their bosses special treatment, IT professionals put themselves in the
same boat as everyone else with only 12 percent of those surveyed making
an exception for themselves as far as content streaming policies.
oBans aren't exclusive to March Madness. A majority (68 percent) of IT
professionals restrict employee access to various social networking and
content streaming sites. At the top of the list are Facebook (44 percent)
and Netflix/Hulu (40 percent).
oIT professionals burn the midnight oil. To help prepare for potential
network burdens, survey respondents said they are putting in extra hours
on the job. For example, nearly half (46 percent) of IT professionals said
they have worked overtime either on the weekend or during the week due to
situations that cause network strain, while 45 percent have had to skip
lunch breaks to prepare for upcoming problems. Even worse, 34 percent have
had to work during vacation and 39 percent have put in time overnight.
"IT professionals around the nation work hard to keep office networks from
slowing despite a growing array of employee web habits that may impact them,"
said Cullen. "In an era where network disruption means potential loss of real
business dollars, it's not an issue that IT professionals can afford to treat
This telephone survey was conducted by Braun Research on behalf of Modis,
among a nationally representative sample of 502 IT professionals. The survey
was fielded from February 15-25, 2013. Results have a margin of error of +/-
4.4% at the 95 percent confidence level.
Modis is a global provider of information technology staffing services and the
second largest in North America. As the most dynamic IT recruitment
specialists in the world, Modis connects leading companies in virtually every
industry with top IT professionals for both temporary and permanent
assignments. With keen industry insight, tenacity and unmatched depth of
expertise, Modis understands the world of IT and the people who practice it.
It is this understanding that empowers Modis to help both clients and
candidates make exceptional connections in today's complex world of
technology. Modis is a true powerhouse in the field of IT staffing, offering
the most expansive talent base, branch network and global reach available in
today's workforce. For additional information, please visit www.modis.com.
Contact: Jennifer Popovic, Manager, Public Relations, Adecco Group North
America, +1-212-843-6526, Jennifer.Popovic@adeccona.com
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