Wedding searches impact working habits


British and US workers are spending time organising their lives on the internet by surfing for new jobs, new houses and wedding information when they're supposed to be hard at work.

More than one in 50 web pages requested by employees in August while at work were house hunting or job search sites, claims web security company ScanSafe.

British employees were six times more likely to use the internet at work to visit estate agency sites to buy or rent a home than their American counterparts, perhaps due to the US housing market slowing down.

US workers clearly had other things on their minds, however, and were six times more likely to use the internet to search for a new job than UK workers. Marriage-obsessed Brits meanwhile, were twice as likely to visit wedding-related sites during the working day.

CEO of ScanSafe, Eldar Tuvey said: "Getting married, finding a job and looking for a home are three major life-changing events and it's interesting to see how these impact work habits between the two cultures.

"The bigger picture is that businesses need to develop an internet acceptable use policy and have a web security solution in place that can effectively enforce it."

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