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Reerun_KC
03-05-2012, 11:45 AM
Quickest way to being replaced or outsourced is trying to pull this shit in my company... You block March madness for the employees you can kiss your job and ass goodbye.

Fucking IT Nerds.


http://lifeinc.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/02/10563720-your-it-department-is-ruining-your-march-madness-fun

By Allison Linn
It happens in offices around the country, around this time of year.
There you are, squinting at your computer (http://lifeinc.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/02/10563720-your-it-department-is-ruining-your-march-madness-fun#), pretending to be oh-so-immersed in that spreadsheet, but what youíre really doing is waiting for the boss to leave so you can get back to watching March Madness on the other screen.
But why wonít the game load?
Blame the IT department (http://lifeinc.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/02/10563720-your-it-department-is-ruining-your-march-madness-fun#).
A new survey finds that about two-thirds of IT departments (http://lifeinc.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/02/10563720-your-it-department-is-ruining-your-march-madness-fun#) take some sort of action to block, ban or throttle non-work streaming content, including the March Madness college basketball tournament.
When it comes to March Madness specifically, four in 10 admit they monitor employees who try to access March Madness on their computers, in order to protect the companyís network.
Thatís according to a survey of about 500 IT professionals (http://lifeinc.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/02/10563720-your-it-department-is-ruining-your-march-madness-fun#) conducted this February on behalf of Modis, an IT staffing firm that is part of Adecco.
Letís be fair to the IT folks. They arenít necessarily trying to keep you from keeping tabs on your bracket during the work day, but they are trying to keep your network running.
According to the Modis survey, four in 10 respondents said streaming content from the annual basketball tournament has had some impact on the companyís network, such as slowing or even shutting it down.
Most IT professionals surveyed said they block streaming content to make sure everyone can do their regular work without network disruptions. But the majority also said they do so to keep people from getting too distracted at work.
Itís not clear how much March Madness, which begins March 11, really distracts people from getting their work done.
Challenger, Gray and Christmas this year poked fun at its own assessment (http://www.challengergray.com/press/PressRelease.aspx?PressUid=214)of how much game time takes away from company time, and even admitted no oneís likely going out of business because of a basketball tournament.
The outplacement firmís advice: As with most things, March Madness should be viewed in moderation. At least while youíre at work.

Bump
03-05-2012, 11:47 AM
work is work time, not happy fun time

htismaqe
03-05-2012, 11:49 AM
FYI, office pools are not legal in any state but Nevada...

At least according to one corporate security department I speak with. ROFL

blaise
03-05-2012, 11:49 AM
I wouldn't mind letting people listen to radio broadcasts, or following live scoring, but CBS shows actual games online I think. People shouldn't be watching actual games at work.

Agent V
03-05-2012, 11:52 AM
How dare they expect people on their payroll to work instead of watching a fucking basketball game.

CoMoChief
03-05-2012, 12:03 PM
stooooooooooooooopid

Pasta Giant Meatball
03-05-2012, 12:05 PM
Use a damn sick day if you have to watch the games that bad.

Hydrae
03-05-2012, 12:11 PM
I wouldn't mind letting people listen to radio broadcasts, or following live scoring, but CBS shows actual games online I think. People shouldn't be watching actual games at work.

Exactly

Guru
03-05-2012, 12:12 PM
Has nothing to do with the IT nerds. It has to do with the people that run the company wanting you to do your fucking job.

Fish
03-05-2012, 12:20 PM
The IT folks' job is to keep the network running smoothly to ensure that people can get their work done. When lazy fucks are sitting around doing nothing, and using up gobs of bandwidth streaming shit that is against policy to access at work, then yes, we're gonna shut your ass down.

This is pretty much as straight forward as it gets:

According to the Modis survey, four in 10 respondents said streaming content from the annual basketball tournament has had some impact on the companyís network, such as slowing or even shutting it down.
Most IT professionals surveyed said they block streaming content to make sure everyone can do their regular work without network disruptions. But the majority also said they do so to keep people from getting too distracted at work.

If you wanna watch basketball instead of doing your job, then take a fucking vacation day.

htismaqe
03-05-2012, 12:28 PM
Has nothing to do with the IT nerds. It has to do with the people that run the company wanting you to do your ****ing job.

What if said company wants you to do your job at 3am on Saturday or 15 hours a day?

It's not as black and white as you think...

Guru
03-05-2012, 12:34 PM
What if said company wants you to do your job at 3am on Saturday or 15 hours a day?

It's not as black and white as you think...

Your job is your job. They are paying you to work aren't they?

Bearcat
03-05-2012, 12:35 PM
What if said company wants you to do your job at 3am on Saturday or 15 hours a day?

It's not as black and white as you think...

I think I read somewhere that tournament games won't be played at 3am this year.

Fish
03-05-2012, 12:36 PM
What if said company wants you to do your job at 3am on Saturday or 15 hours a day?

It's not as black and white as you think...

Then you do your job at 3am on Saturday or 15 hours a day.... why would the time of day or length of shift make any difference?

If I'm a huge General Hospital fan, should I be allowed to watch it at work just because it's on at 1pm during my shift?

htismaqe
03-05-2012, 12:36 PM
Your job is your job. They are paying you to work aren't they?

They pay me for results. What I do to get those results is my business. The ends justify the means.

htismaqe
03-05-2012, 12:37 PM
I think I read somewhere that tournament games won't be played at 3am this year.

No but if I'm working at 3am on Saturday, I'm NOT working at 3pm on Thursday afternoon.

Guru
03-05-2012, 12:38 PM
They pay me for results. What I do to get those results is my business. The ends justify the means.

The only way anyone should be watching TV at work is if the company allows it.

htismaqe
03-05-2012, 12:39 PM
Then you do your job at 3am on Saturday or 15 hours a day.... why would the time of day or length of shift make any difference?

If I'm a huge General Hospital fan, should I be allowed to watch it at work just because it's on at 1pm during my shift?

The fact that you mentioned your "shift" means you missed the point.

Employers expect more and more productivity, regardless of what personal sacrifices are made by the employee. When it comes time for said employee to "get a little back", the corporation puts the squash on it. At some point, there it becomes a diminishing return.

An unhappy employee base is not a productive employee base.

Fish
03-05-2012, 12:39 PM
They pay me for results. What I do to get those results is my business. The ends justify the means.

It's just as much about using company resources for non work related stuff as it is you producing your results in a timely manner.

htismaqe
03-05-2012, 12:40 PM
The only way anyone should be watching TV at work is if the company allows it.

If said employee is meeting their performance objectives and other employees are not being prevented from achieving theirs because of said employee, the company should stay out of it.

Demonpenz
03-05-2012, 12:41 PM
I make it a strict point to weed out general hospital fans in the hiring process and 80's all my childrens fans as well
Fuck TAD!

htismaqe
03-05-2012, 12:42 PM
It's just as much about using company resources for non work related stuff as it is you producing your results.

They don't want you to use company resources for non-work activity yet they want you to use your company resources 24x7x365. Get the trend there?

It's called balance. Give and take. But there's a reason so many of the Fortune 500 are corporate cesspools of greed, corruption, and employee morale issues.

kaplin42
03-05-2012, 12:43 PM
What if said company wants you to do your job at 3am on Saturday or 15 hours a day?

It's not as black and white as you think...

LOL.

You're at work. Unless you get paid to watch TV, Movies, Sports, Netflix then its pretty clear how black an white it is. Do your job, check the scores on your phone.

Fish
03-05-2012, 12:45 PM
The fact that you mentioned your "shift" means you missed the point.

Employers expect more and more productivity, regardless of what personal sacrifices are made by the employee. When it comes time for said employee to "get a little back", the corporation puts the squash on it. At some point, there it becomes a diminishing return.

An unhappy employee base is not a productive employee base.

I don't think that violating company policy by using company resources for non work related activities is the ideal way to keep an employee base happy. I think that sets a pretty poor example. A high end car dealership wouldn't let Joe Blow car salesman take a joyride in a Porche just because it would be a great way to keep him happy on the job.

Predarat
03-05-2012, 12:47 PM
My March Madness is already ruined thanks to the MTSU Blew It Again Raiders.

Hydrae
03-05-2012, 12:47 PM
I make it a strict point to weed out general hospital fans in the hiring process and 80's all my childrens fans as well
**** TAD!

I am a little concerned that you know the name of one of the characters.

Bearcat
03-05-2012, 12:53 PM
No but if I'm working at 3am on Saturday, I'm NOT working at 3pm on Thursday afternoon.

Yay?

I've worked undesirable shifts and hours, and I think most IT people would shrug if I told them I was missing a basketball game because of work. If I'm working 15 hours a day, I sure as hell don't have time to watch sports... if I'm working a night shift or whatever, there's a specific reason for being there. I have pretty flexible hours now, so whatever I don't get done while responding to this post, I'll get done when I get home or whatever, but I still wouldn't just sit at work and watch BB.

I think the only gray area is if it's during a time of low network usage, and it's generally okay to browse the internet or read a book or whatever during a shift... like IT support during off-peak hours or security or something. If it's not going to cause any network issues and your manager understands there's time when you won't be doing anything productive, I don't know why it would be an issue.

Get a DVR or take a vacation day/half day.

KC Tattoo
03-05-2012, 12:55 PM
This affects me
















not.

htismaqe
03-05-2012, 01:11 PM
LOL.

You're at work. Unless you get paid to watch TV, Movies, Sports, Netflix then its pretty clear how black an white it is. Do your job, check the scores on your phone.

ROFL

How is turning away from your PC to check scores on your phone preferable to checking them on your PC?

htismaqe
03-05-2012, 01:12 PM
I don't think that violating company policy by using company resources for non work related activities is the ideal way to keep an employee base happy. I think that sets a pretty poor example. A high end car dealership wouldn't let Joe Blow car salesman take a joyride in a Porche just because it would be a great way to keep him happy on the job.

If it's not a company policy, then there's no violation is there? Again, it seems you've missed the point.

Braincase
03-05-2012, 01:14 PM
Not in my shop. And I'm planning my lab/break times to accomodate the KSU/KU fans on Thursday.

We embrace the Madness. Anyone not embracing the Madness will be nuthooked.

Brock
03-05-2012, 01:15 PM
Don't work for Nazi companies.

htismaqe
03-05-2012, 01:18 PM
Don't work for Nazi companies.

I work with companies at both extremes - it's not a coincidence who the leaders are and who aren't...

Fish
03-05-2012, 01:28 PM
ROFL

How is turning away from your PC to check scores on your phone preferable to checking them on your PC?

Because checking scores on your phone doesn't use up unnecessary company bandwidth that is intended for work.

journeyscarab
03-05-2012, 01:45 PM
Streaming audio via my cellphone. I won't use the video...not worth it in this job market but streaming audio doesnt cut into my productivity nor into the company's bandwidth. 9% unemployment ...keep that in mind folks!

Bob Dole
03-05-2012, 01:50 PM
Bob Dole won't take any action until everyone's connection starts performing like 56k dialup.

Molitoth
03-05-2012, 01:58 PM
They pay me for results. What I do to get those results is my business. The ends justify the means.

This, and I'm glad I work for a company that lets me work this way!

Love my job.

htismaqe
03-05-2012, 02:15 PM
Because checking scores on your phone doesn't use up unnecessary company bandwidth that is intended for work.

It's still a hit to productivity. Moral equivalencies don't work here.

Either it's a waste of productivity or it's not.

Like I said, I consult for both types of company. It's not a coincidence who is largely successful and who isn't...

Lzen
03-05-2012, 02:19 PM
....If I'm a huge General Hospital fan....

You probably should not have mentioned that part. :hmmm:

Deberg_1990
03-05-2012, 02:58 PM
Whats more important:

Trying to preserve your companies bandwidth, resources and productivity, or letting employees play games on company time?

Fish
03-05-2012, 02:58 PM
Anyone who has actually had the responsibility of purchasing and maintaining a complex network infrastructure for any reasonably sized organization wouldn't think twice about a decision like this. It's easy for the users to say "Throw us a little bone, it isn't hurting anything." All the while, they're sitting in front of a company computer loaded with company software using company bandwidth for doing something that is not work related and can be distracting from doing actual work.

Maintaining balance and a happy work environment is certainly important. But there are countless ways to do that which would conform to company policy and not set a precedent that could be abused later. Because I know from experience that if you give the users an inch, they'll expect to take a mile next time. If you say "Ahh it's OK, go ahead and watch the game this once.", then Judy McLazyass down the hall hears about it and justifies watching Judge Joe Brown, because Bob gets to watch basketball. Then it snowballs to the point of slowing the network down. And at that point, people begin bitching at IT because they don't have enough bandwidth. Which of course is also IT's fault.

This may seem to the common user to be something minor and would never actually cause any harm. But I can tell you from experience that it adds up very quickly.

htismaqe
03-05-2012, 03:00 PM
Anyone who has actually had the responsibility of purchasing and maintaining a complex network infrastructure for any reasonably sized organization wouldn't think twice about a decision like this. It's easy for the users to say "Throw us a little bone, it isn't hurting anything." All the while, they're sitting in front of a company computer loaded with company software using company bandwidth for doing something that is not work related and can be distracting from doing actual work.

Maintaining balance and a happy work environment is certainly important. But there are countless ways to do that which would conform to company policy and not set a precedent that could be abused later. Because I know from experience that if you give the users an inch, they'll expect to take a mile next time. If you say "Ahh it's OK, go ahead and watch the game this once.", then Judy McLazyass down the hall hears about it and justifies watching Judge Joe Brown, because Bob gets to watch basketball. Then it snowballs to the point of slowing the network down. And at that point, people begin bitching at IT because they don't have enough bandwidth. Which of course is also IT's fault.

This may seem to the common user to be something minor and would never actually cause any harm. But I can tell you from experience that it adds up very quickly.

One could de-prioritize CBS Sports streaming video in the network, allowing it to only consume X amount of bandwidth if no mission critical traffic is present, and not have to mandate anything to anyone.

Pants
03-05-2012, 03:02 PM
Can they block people's personal cell phones? No? Well, there you have it.

|Zach|
03-05-2012, 03:05 PM
Hard to blame a company for this.

It isn't always fun being my own boss but it works in these situations.

DenverDanChiefsFan
03-05-2012, 03:15 PM
Our company bans video and audio streaming 365. So not an issue during MM.

However, as the manager for our disaster response for North America, none of it is blocked on my system. I have to be able to catch news casts and weather radio all over the continent. I still don't watch games online. I do, however, put up ESPN if CBS Sports scoreboard and check periodically.

Deberg_1990
03-05-2012, 03:16 PM
Anyone who has actually had the responsibility of purchasing and maintaining a complex network infrastructure for any reasonably sized organization wouldn't think twice about a decision like this. It's easy for the users to say "Throw us a little bone, it isn't hurting anything." All the while, they're sitting in front of a company computer loaded with company software using company bandwidth for doing something that is not work related and can be distracting from doing actual work.

Maintaining balance and a happy work environment is certainly important. But there are countless ways to do that which would conform to company policy and not set a precedent that could be abused later. Because I know from experience that if you give the users an inch, they'll expect to take a mile next time. If you say "Ahh it's OK, go ahead and watch the game this once.", then Judy McLazyass down the hall hears about it and justifies watching Judge Joe Brown, because Bob gets to watch basketball. Then it snowballs to the point of slowing the network down. And at that point, people begin bitching at IT because they don't have enough bandwidth. Which of course is also IT's fault.

This may seem to the common user to be something minor and would never actually cause any harm. But I can tell you from experience that it adds up very quickly.


Well said. Slippery slope....

Hydrae
03-05-2012, 03:20 PM
Anyone who has actually had the responsibility of purchasing and maintaining a complex network infrastructure for any reasonably sized organization wouldn't think twice about a decision like this. It's easy for the users to say "Throw us a little bone, it isn't hurting anything." All the while, they're sitting in front of a company computer loaded with company software using company bandwidth for doing something that is not work related and can be distracting from doing actual work.

Maintaining balance and a happy work environment is certainly important. But there are countless ways to do that which would conform to company policy and not set a precedent that could be abused later. Because I know from experience that if you give the users an inch, they'll expect to take a mile next time. If you say "Ahh it's OK, go ahead and watch the game this once.", then Judy McLazyass down the hall hears about it and justifies watching Judge Joe Brown, because Bob gets to watch basketball. Then it snowballs to the point of slowing the network down. And at that point, people begin bitching at IT because they don't have enough bandwidth. Which of course is also IT's fault.

This may seem to the common user to be something minor and would never actually cause any harm. But I can tell you from experience that it adds up very quickly.

Excellent post, well said.

vailpass
03-05-2012, 03:21 PM
If you accept their paycheck you accept their rules.

NJChiefsFan
03-05-2012, 03:23 PM
One could de-prioritize CBS Sports streaming video in the network, allowing it to only consume X amount of bandwidth if no mission critical traffic is present, and not have to mandate anything to anyone.

The point about the non-basketball fan is a good one though. If a user doesn't like basketball how do you explain to them that they can't recieve the same benifits that a basketball fan does? Do you let them watch whatever they want as well? Are they only allowed to do that during the time the NCAA tournament is on? What if what they want to watch is during a different time of day or time or year?

htismaqe
03-05-2012, 03:25 PM
Well said. Slippery slope....

That slippery slope slides the other way too.

I spend 12-16 hours a day on a company computer. I don't HAVE to but I do because I don't like to be working on Monday's work on Thursday. I have FAR more than 8 hours worth of work come in on any given day.

If my company were to suddenly block Youtube, Chiefsplanet, or any number of other things, where am I at 5:15pm? NOT on my company computer, that's for damn sure.

But then again, my direct employer "gets it". For every couple of hours I spend every day surfing the Internet, I spend 4-6 hours of "unpaid overtime" doing work for them.

htismaqe
03-05-2012, 03:26 PM
The point about the non-basketball fan is a good one though. If a user doesn't like basketball how do you explain to them that they can't recieve the same benifits that a basketball fan does? Do you let them watch whatever they want as well? Are they only allowed to do that during the time the NCAA tournament is on? What if what they want to watch is during a different time of day or time or year?

You can de-prioritize all streaming video (or audio) and then it's no longer a concern.

Fish
03-05-2012, 03:30 PM
One could de-prioritize CBS Sports streaming video in the network, allowing it to only consume X amount of bandwidth if no mission critical traffic is present, and not have to mandate anything to anyone.

You're recommending implementing additional administration work to allow users to violate company policy to use company resources for non work related consumption of bandwidth. No thanks. Much easier and more efficient to simply block it. I've been a system administrator for nearly 10 years now, and if there's anything I've learned, it's that you don't let your users set the rules. Sorry if the user is sad that they'll miss a game on company time. But it's not IT's responsibility to provide happiness for its users by breaking policy for them.

htismaqe
03-05-2012, 03:35 PM
You're recommending implementing additional administration work to allow users to violate company policy to use company resources for non work related consumption of bandwidth. No thanks. Much easier and more efficient to simply block it. I've been a system administrator for nearly 10 years now, and if there's anything I've learned, it's that you don't let your users set the rules. Sorry if the user is sad that they'll miss a game on company time. But it's not IT's responsibility to provide happiness for its users by breaking policy for them.

You're assuming that there's a company policy to violate, that's why I keep saying you're missing the point.

Again, I consult for both types of company. I see an OVERWHELMING trend when correlating office atmostphere/policy, productivity, and corporate output (shareholder return mainly).

Many of the most succesful companies out there are the LEAST rigid when it comes to mandating employee policy.

Bacon Cheeseburger
03-05-2012, 04:34 PM
Fuck watching it online, I have a TV stashed in my shop.

QuikSsurfer
03-05-2012, 04:50 PM
One could de-prioritize CBS Sports streaming video in the network, allowing it to only consume X amount of bandwidth if no mission critical traffic is present, and not have to mandate anything to anyone.

So you'd ask your IT admin to create a internet usage policy for video streams as well as set bandwidth limitations during peak times? As a network administrator, I'd remind you what the company network is used for.
I run in to these types of issues all the time -- I've allowed radio streams through our firewall but you'd be surprised at the blow our network takes every morning when people are firing up pandora at the same time.

This issue reminds me of a call I got last weekend (after hours) from a elected offical -- he was so upset that we had his computer locked down to where he couldn't download anything or make changes to his computer.. He needed to be able to plug his sky caddie in and download the latest course GPS information... This is the kind of shit I deal with every week. Can't make everybody happy and keep the network at 100% uptime with average latency all the time.

Saulbadguy
03-05-2012, 04:56 PM
Leave the rule making (and enforcing) to management, and just do what they tell you to do.

3rd&48ers
03-05-2012, 05:00 PM
use your vacation time you slackers

ROYC75
03-05-2012, 05:08 PM
No problem here, boss bought us a new Mitsubishi 73" for the family room and installed a 20" in the office.

Bout time I got him to listen to me. :D

Saul Good
03-05-2012, 05:15 PM
Leave the rule making (and enforcing) to management, and just do what they tell you to do.

But people who don't own companies always know how to run companies better than those who do.

3rd&48ers
03-05-2012, 05:16 PM
But people who don't own companies always know how to run companies better than those who do.

It's the evil corporations man :D

Reerun_KC
03-05-2012, 06:52 PM
I am ordering more bandwidth from our ISP for the Month of March so our employees can make damn sure they can stream any game they want.


The poor IT guy about had a stroke. I told him its my company, not yours.. Deal with it..

Pablo
03-05-2012, 06:53 PM
I am ordering more bandwidth from our ISP for the Month of March so our employees can make damn sure they can stream any game they want.


The poor IT guy about had a stroke. I told him its my company, not yours.. Deal with it..Is this where I'm supposed to say

"DAMN, UR LIKE THE COOLEST BOSS EVER OR SUMTHIN!!!11!111"

Reerun_KC
03-05-2012, 06:57 PM
Is this where I'm supposed to say

"DAMN, UR LIKE THE COOLEST BOSS EVER OR SUMTHIN!!!11!111"

Nah. Everyone knows it anyway.

Being in IT since 1995, I have grown weary of the controlling bullshit that IT people try to pull..


Hell I used to be one myself. Then I grew up and realized that being a total dick about the network wasnt really worth it.

Dr. Facebook Fever
03-05-2012, 07:00 PM
I am ordering more bandwidth from our ISP for the Month of March so our employees can make damn sure they can stream any game they want.


The poor IT guy about had a stroke. I told him its my company, not yours.. Deal with it..

Can I get a temp job with you for the month since profit and productivity don't matter during this time?

... but the boss said we could watch basketball, don't yell at me about the stupid tsp reports!


:)

journeyscarab
03-05-2012, 07:00 PM
I am ordering more bandwidth from our ISP for the Month of March so our employees can make damn sure they can stream any game they want.


The poor IT guy about had a stroke. I told him its my company, not yours.. Deal with it..

Are you in need of a Business Analyst? :D

Dr. Facebook Fever
03-05-2012, 07:01 PM
Are you in need of a Business Analyst? :D

Only if your business is watching basketball.

duncan_idaho
03-05-2012, 07:05 PM
I work for UHG, which has the most strict IT policy of any company I've worked at before. Wouldn't even get CLOSE to streaming that sort of stuff.

The nice thing about that was that it forced me to use vacation days for the Opening Round, and I enjoy the hell out of that (I'll be at Lew's or 75th St or Kennedy's for that again this year).

Of course, I work from home now... so I could get away with it. But it was so much fun watching games all day with buddies, I'm going to do that again, anyway.

journeyscarab
03-05-2012, 07:06 PM
Only if your business is watching basketball.

I can watch basketball and analyze my brackets!

Reerun_KC
03-05-2012, 07:07 PM
Can I get a temp job with you for the month since profit and productivity don't matter during this time?

... but the boss said we could watch basketball, don't yell at me about the stupid tsp reports!


:)

Nope, not after that comment.

Dr. Facebook Fever
03-05-2012, 07:11 PM
Nope, not after that comment.

Sorry I was just assuming due to the precidence you set. So work till pre-game starts... then **** off the rest of the day? I can do that!

I'll take a corner office please. 18' monitor should do. Can we drink beer?

Dr. Facebook Fever
03-05-2012, 07:11 PM
I can watch basketball and analyze my brackets!

Best. Job. Evvvarrrr!

JoeyChuckles
03-05-2012, 07:13 PM
This is why I took off 3/16 this year. If you want to watch that bad, just take the day off work.

Bearcat
03-05-2012, 07:16 PM
Can I get a temp job with you for the month since profit and productivity don't matter during this time?

... but the boss said we could watch basketball, don't yell at me about the stupid tsp reports!


:)

Make sure you spell it right on your resume.

Dr. Facebook Fever
03-05-2012, 07:19 PM
Make sure you spell it right on your resume.

LMAO

I was thinking of our tsp... total sponsorship plan at work.

BigRedChief
03-05-2012, 07:20 PM
I work for UHG, which has the most strict IT policy of any company I've worked at before. Wouldn't even get CLOSE to streaming that sort of stuff..ROFL I gaurantee that you have more access than I do.

Reerun_KC
03-05-2012, 07:20 PM
Sorry I was just assuming due to the precidence you set. So work till pre-game starts... then **** off the rest of the day? I can do that!

I'll take a corner office please. 18' monitor should do. Can we drink beer?

Only one monitor?

Hell most of us have at least 2 24's and some have 3 24's

no need to be moddest.... Also we stock the fridge with Boulevard Wheat...

Dr. Facebook Fever
03-05-2012, 07:24 PM
Only one monitor?

Hell most of us have at least 2 24's and some have 3 24's

no need to be moddest.... Also we stock the fridge with Boulevard Wheat...

Well I didn't want to come off too demanding since I'm not planning on getting much done haha. You're the boss though... I'll live with the better set up if that's what you insist on.

:)

htismaqe
03-05-2012, 08:06 PM
So you'd ask your IT admin to create a internet usage policy for video streams as well as set bandwidth limitations during peak times? As a network administrator, I'd remind you what the company network is used for.

If I, as an employer, am not willing to absorb the cost of operating such an environment, then no, I wouldn't.

It's all about priorities.

L.A. Chieffan
03-05-2012, 08:16 PM
online is cool actually you have much more control over which game you want to watch

you have to know when the commercials are going to pop up tho because they wont let you change the channel during a commercial

listopencil
03-05-2012, 08:19 PM
Meh. Pretty simple. Put a TV in the break area. If you're on a break you can watch. If you're not on break, do your job. Unless you are getting paid to watch the games you're a whiny, self-entitled douche for complaining about it.

Otter
03-05-2012, 08:21 PM
Buy a smartphone.

htismaqe
03-05-2012, 08:22 PM
Meh. Pretty simple. Put a TV in the break area. If you're on a break you can watch. If you're not on break, do your job. Unless you are getting paid to watch the games you're a whiny, self-entitled douche for complaining about it.

What's a "break"?

Valiant
03-05-2012, 08:22 PM
My work sets up a watch room with tvs in it..

Valiant
03-05-2012, 08:24 PM
Only one monitor?

Hell most of us have at least 2 24's and some have 3 24's

no need to be moddest.... Also we stock the fridge with Boulevard Wheat...

Perceptive Software?

Dr. Facebook Fever
03-05-2012, 08:30 PM
Catching the tourney isn't a problem where I work either. We have a few tv's in different areas and a few people watch on-line while they do other things... IT has never complained about it. It helps that almost everyone is salaried and has pretty specific jobs to do. If you want to get your work done slower than usual and be at work for 10-12 hours because you were watching games it's not a problem as long as your work gets done.

I'm the one who never takes a lunch or anything more than a smoke break though... so I just get through my day like any other... get through my work, maybe catch a few minutes of a game and get score updates on line, then get home early afternoon and watch all I want. It helps to start work at 5am I guess. My day is ending at many peoples half way point.

listopencil
03-05-2012, 08:30 PM
What's a "break"?

That's the time you take away from doing your job during your work period. These "breaks" allow you to rest, eat and perform other actions so that you may return to work feeling refreshed.

journeyscarab
03-05-2012, 08:38 PM
Only one monitor?

Hell most of us have at least 2 24's and some have 3 24's

no need to be moddest.... Also we stock the fridge with Boulevard Wheat...

Are you accepting resumes?

duncan_idaho
03-05-2012, 08:54 PM
ROFL I gaurantee that you have more access than I do.

Maybe... here are a few of our "highlights..."

Our IT department has everyone in our branch of the company running IE 6. Partly because they built web apps that only work in IE 6, but they also want to stay in an outdated browser to limit web site access.

They have a huge "black list" that includes all sites that have free e-mail.

Any access to a website outside the "utility" list for workers that lasts longer than 3 minutes generates an automatic IT report that is emailed to your direct manager. Same thing for any website outside the list that is accessed more than six times in one day. (let me tell you, I LOVED getting these reports on my employees).

BigRedChief
03-05-2012, 08:54 PM
That's the time you take away from doing your job during your work period. These "breaks" allow you to rest, eat and perform other actions so that you may return to work feeling refreshed.I use to know what these "breaks" were. But, now I think they are urban myths.

BigRedChief
03-05-2012, 08:57 PM
Maybe... here are a few of our "highlights..."

Our IT department has everyone in our branch of the company running IE 6. Partly because they built web apps that only work in IE 6, but they also want to stay in an outdated browser to limit web site access.

They have a huge "black list" that includes all sites that have free e-mail.

Any access to a website outside the "utility" list for workers that lasts longer than 3 minutes generates an automatic IT report that is emailed to your direct manager. Same thing for any website outside the list that is accessed more than six times in one day. (let me tell you, I LOVED getting these reports on my employees).Sorry, not even close. Except for the outdated software. I get to work with the latest and greatest that exist in the world. Just no internet access.

Dr. Gigglepants
03-05-2012, 09:08 PM
I am just about finished with CCNA 1. Hopefully next March I am ruling over a network with an iron fist. NO March Madness for anyone! / evil IT voice

Guru
03-06-2012, 05:22 AM
online is cool actually you have much more control over which game you want to watch

you have to know when the commercials are going to pop up tho because they wont let you change the channel during a commercial

Yeah, that always drove me nuts when I would try to use it at home. Could never time it right. Easier to just have multiple browsers on different games if you have the bandwidth to support that.

Reerun_KC
03-06-2012, 07:18 AM
Are you accepting resumes?

Not at this time, but when we do, I usually post the job here incase anyone is interested.

journeyscarab
03-06-2012, 07:30 AM
Not at this time, but when we do, I usually post the job here incase anyone is interested.

:thumb:

qabbaan
03-06-2012, 07:42 AM
I see no reason why anyone needs to be streaming HD video of basketball games when they are supposed to be working. If people want to check scores or run the gamecast, I don't see any issue there, but dozens of people sucking up that much bandwidth is a problem and they have no legitimate business need for it. If their lives are so sad that they are going to fall into a depression if they don't watch Kansas bulldoze Northeast Rhode Island A&T on Thursday morning I would invite them to take a vacation day

htismaqe
03-06-2012, 07:54 AM
That's the time you take away from doing your job during your work period. These "breaks" allow you to rest, eat and perform other actions so that you may return to work feeling refreshed.

The company I work for has no such "breaks" nor do they have a "break room".

It is 2012 you know, right? :)

htismaqe
03-06-2012, 07:55 AM
Catching the tourney isn't a problem where I work either. We have a few tv's in different areas and a few people watch on-line while they do other things... IT has never complained about it. It helps that almost everyone is salaried and has pretty specific jobs to do. If you want to get your work done slower than usual and be at work for 10-12 hours because you were watching games it's not a problem as long as your work gets done.

I'm the one who never takes a lunch or anything more than a smoke break though... so I just get through my day like any other... get through my work, maybe catch a few minutes of a game and get score updates on line, then get home early afternoon and watch all I want. It helps to start work at 5am I guess. My day is ending at many peoples half way point.

Cha-ching.

Nzoner
03-06-2012, 08:02 AM
If their lives are so sad that they are going to fall into a depression if they don't watch Kansas bulldoze Northeast Rhode Island A&T on Thursday morning I would invite them to take a vacation day

A Rhode Island reference of any kind is not good in this instance.

BWillie
03-06-2012, 08:47 AM
ya i just take thurs and friday off of the 1st rd every year

Reerun_KC
03-12-2012, 11:26 AM
Just got off the phone with our Internet service provider. Bandwidth turned up for MMOD... Slingbox is updated and ready to go.

Bring on Thursday and Friday. Its good to be the boss...