Master Napster: Napster in the workplace - a strange situation
Posted by netwebly | 12.07.2000
Napster in the Workplace
Given the laid back and hip image of the modern workplace many employers are trying to sell to employees, it seems strange that many are deciding to ban Napster or monitor employee use of the program. Many employers allow employees to listen to the radio or to their own music at work - a policy that's even more prevalent when you look at dot com employers.
Is it fair to prohibit people from using a program that is, after all, in many people's minds the digital age equivalent of the radio?
Napster in the Workplace: The Cons
The bottom line may be that Napster use in the workplace is unproductive - with some exceptions. Napster is unlike radio in many ways. Finding and downloading the songs you want on Napster takes a lot more time than it takes to twiddle the tuner on a radio or change CDs in a CD player. Finding music on Napster can be an intensive, all-consuming pursuit, the kind of thing that can seriously eat up the better part of the day - a major of course, so many people enjoy using. Employers may be right to consider this unproductive.
How fair is it to demand to be paid for the time you spend downloading free music?
The bandwidth problem is also a big issue for many employers. Bandwidth can be an expensive thing - no sane businessperson is going to let their network suffer so you can listen to a cover of Hippy Hippy Shake by the Muffs while you're supposed to be finishing a spreadsheet.
in the Workplace: The Pros
days many employers, especially in the tech sector, ask employees to make
huge sacrifices for the good of the company. Web designers, programmers
and content people all routinely log crazy hours when a project starts
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