Taking Stock - Video nasties make the Big Five all sweaty.
Sometimes there’s nothing better than curling up on the sofa and watching a movie. But accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers prefer to spend their time stretching and rolling around on the living room carpet when they bring home the latest video. It seems that, not content with doing big splits at work, PwC employees are carrying on their exertions at home with their favourite video: Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga Series 3: Sweat. This startling discovery, along with other top cinematic choices of the Big Five, comes from online store Amazon.com, which has begun to analyse the videos bought by workers at various large companies. As you might expect, the usual suspects, such as The Shawshank Redemption, Top Gun, The Matrix and Saving Private Ryan appear in the top ten lists, but there are some pretty strange choices too. For example, staff at Ernst & Young could soon be Kung Fu fighting. In an attempt to gain competitive advantage, the firm has resorted to self-defence video Tae-Bo Workout. Maybe employees have decided to combine keep fit with a skill that could bring swift resolutions to dead-end meetings (though who knows what clients will think of partners who turn up wearing their dressing gowns). Yet the most disturbing news is that Andersen Consulting thinks it could be left holding the baby after its impending divorce from Arthur Andersen. Number one choice for the consulting wing is Buns of Steel 8 – Pregnancy Workout. ?: