Is it inappropriate to watch a movie at work?

Oct 16, 2018 36 Comments

I have 3 screens. And I always keep one for Spotify or Facebook while I work on the other two. Will it be inappropriate to watch a movie on that one screen? I have no problem coding and watching a movie at the same time. I did that all through college.


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TOP 36 Comments
  • ServiceNow Suburbia
    So inappropriate. That’s what your personal life is for. You really want people to judge you when they walk by and see your screen? People’s perception of you is their reality. Protect your image at work and your career.
    Oct 16, 2018 0
  • Microsoft 🐷 -> 🚀
    1. Log out of FB.
    2. Close Spotify client.
    3. Get rid of the 3rd monitor.
    4. Focus on work.
    Oct 16, 2018 6
    • Facebook GE+DaSJW
      I literally can't connect to intern unless I'm logged into FB.
      Oct 16, 2018
    • Facebook GE+DaSJW
      Tier 1 all FB employees are required to have 2 fac authentication for their personal FB. In addition, we have an intern password. So it's two hoops.
      Oct 17, 2018
  • Facebook PKyn06
    I don’t think it’s inappropriate but people especially older folks will judge you.
    Oct 16, 2018 1
    • Microsoft DOyu71
      I'm ancient and do that all the time. Not movies but sporting events.
      Oct 16, 2018
  • Salesforce / Eng easi
    Why don’t you just ask your manager?
    Oct 16, 2018 1
    • Microsoft / Eng BadNews
      Omg no don’t ask your manager. Do it, and if anybody makes a comment stop doing it.

      I’ve been doing it, a bunch of my coworkers have been doing it, nobody has ever said a thing.
      Oct 17, 2018
  • Netflix dGgD34
    I don’t feel it is .. but if it gets into a lot of problems you might wanna consider putting your phone on a stand and playing it on the small screen..

    PS : you wouldn’t have this issue working for Netflix ;)
    Oct 16, 2018 1
    • Airbnb jim.hodlen
      *cough* debugging this pesky playback issue *cough*
      Oct 16, 2018
  • Symantec / Eng inkypinkyp
    I used to do that. Netflix. Ome stud complained. Manager asked me not to. I said if music is some folks relese, why can't it be audio visual. He didn't allow. I further said, if music videos in youtube are allowed why not movies. He didn't explain
    Oct 16, 2018 4
    • Amazon / Eng nutboy39
      It’s really not that absurd. The amount of focus that music takes, especially music without lyrics, is incredibly different than an audiovisual medium that carries a plot and story arch.
      Oct 17, 2018
    • Google isthecoast
      So symantic
      Oct 17, 2018
  • Symantec O (1)
    What kind of movie?
    Oct 16, 2018 0
  • Intel babubhatt
    Yep. If you want to watch a movie while you work, that’s a perfect day to work at home
    Oct 16, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Kapowski
    Its all about appearances. Even if a manager "gets" that your work ethic is not impacted by having some ambient movie noise playing in the background, he is still going to be perceived like a weak leader in comparison to other managers whose team are killing it without all the movie watching. You have to help your manager look good too because he ultimately will be the one defending the rating (and any bonus) he tries to give you.
    Oct 16, 2018 0
  • Microsoft readygo
    Could you instead spend less time working by not splitting attention between work and movie? And then after work watch movies?
    Oct 16, 2018 0


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