Stacey Vanek Smith: Surf’s down at Procter & Gamble. The consumer goods giant is cracking down on web-surfing at work. P&G is now blocking Pandora and Netflix on company computers. It said those sites were sucking up precious bandwidth needed for business.
Sarah Gardner reports.
Sarah Gardner: P&G discovered employees were hogging a quarter of the company’s bandwidth for videos, music and photos from social media and entertainment sites. But it ended up banning just two: Pandora and Netflix.
P&G’s Paul Fox says that’s because they weren’t “business-critical.”
Paul Fox: Things like Facebook and Twitter and YouTube are parts of our business and we use them all the time for brand-building and talking to our consumers.
It’s true. Even Pampers has its own Facebook page. P&G isn’t the first company to block websites, of course. Many still ban Facebook, but Rebecca Wettemann at Nucleus Research says she sees that less and less.
Rebecca Wettemann: And what we’re seeing is more companies having a more flexible policy in understanding the distinction between different sites and different job roles.
In other words, the marketing department gets Facebook and Twitter, accounting doesn’t. Still, unless you’re a movie critic, you may have a hard time justifying Netflix.
I’m Sarah Gardner for Marketplace.