29% of IT professionals say March Madness adds stress to their lives.
While the employees in your office may be excited about March Madness and the obligatory office pool, the IT team isn't thrilled. A significant number of tech professionals say that the annual college basketball championship tournament slows down or shuts down their corporate networks, according to a recent survey from Modis. As a result, many IT departments are actively monitoring or even blocking employees from viewing the games on work computers. "With the increasing popularity and availability of streaming video, it has become easier than ever for workers to watch sports games at their desk," says Jack Cullen, president of Modis. "March Madness is a time when streaming sports content consumption is at an all-time high. It's an event that boosts office morale and builds camaraderie for many American workers. But it can put a significant burden on office networks, and the IT professionals responsible for maintaining them." An estimated 500 IT professionals took part in the research. For more about the survey, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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