UK office workers regularly use the web at work to hunt for houses, while US employees are more likely to sneak a peek at job sites.
Security company ScanSafe reported that more than one in 50 web pages requested by employees while at work in August were house hunting or job search sites, representing a significant drain on productivity.
In both the UK and the US, visits to house hunting sites outnumbered visits to job search sites.
However, beyond this similarity, workers in the UK are six times more likely to use the web to visit estate agency sites to buy or rent a home than their US counterparts.
ScanSafe processed approximately 72 million web requests for house hunting sites in August.
But US workers are six times more likely to use the web to look for a new job than their counterparts in the UK. ScanSafe processed approximately 3.5 million web requests for job search sites in August.
Other findings suggest that UK workers are also twice as likely to visit wedding-related sites during the work day as US workers.
"Getting married, finding a job and looking for a home are three major life-changing events and it is interesting to see how these affect work habits between the two cultures," said Eldar Tuvey, chief executive and co-founder of ScanSafe.
"The bigger picture is that businesses need to develop an acceptable use policy for the internet and have a web security solution in place that can effectively enforce it.
"Uncontrolled, non-work related surfing at the office not only consumes bandwidth and lowers productivity, but exposes corporate networks to viruses, spyware and other malware that can compromise proprietary information."
Approximately 26 per cent of ScanSafe's corporate customers block access to job sites, while 20 per cent restrict access to property and house hunting sites.
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