Figuratively Speaking for February 03, 2017

Percentage of workers who said incorporating the "big game" into the workplace has boosted employee happiness, according to a survey from staffing firm OfficeTeam: 66

Percentage of workers who said they're less productive the day following a large sporting event: 11

Percentage of respondents who said sporting events have no impact on their work productivity: 67

Percentage of employees who said the most distracting or annoying co-worker behavior when it comes to major sporting events is being a poor sport or overly competitive: 30

Source: OfficeTeam.

When asked how often they come in late to work, percentage of workers who admitted they do it at least once a month, up from 25 percent last year, according to a new CareerBuilder survey: 29

Percentage who say it's a weekly occurrence, up 3 percentage points since last year: 16

Percentage of employers and employees believe the concept of "working 9 to 5" is an antiquated practice: 64

Percentage of employers who expect employees to be on time every day: 53

Percentage who have fired someone for being late: 41

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Average credit card debt per person in America, according to research by Credit Donkey: $5,331

Percentage of people who have debt of some sort: 69

Percentage who owe credit card debt: 38.1

Current outstanding revolving debt in the U.S.: $992.4 billion.

Source: CreditDonkey.com.

Percentage of global respondents who agree that face-to-face interactions are being replaced with electronic ones, according to a survey by Nielsen: 66

Percentage who say they prefer texting to talking anyway: 47

Source: Nielsen Analytics.

Percentage of women who say they do not expect to receive any gifts or special dinners to mark Valentine's Day, according to a survey commissioned by epi24: 44

Percentage of those in a relationship who report dreading Valentine's Day more than any other holiday: 41

Percentage of them who say length of relationship does not matter when it comes to celebrating on Feb. 14: 61

Source: epi24.

Percentage of small business owners in the U.S. (1 to 500 employees) who expect their businesses to improve in the year ahead, according to a study conducted by Ipsos on behalf of New York Life: 60

Percentage who predict technology will have the most positive impact on small businesses in the year ahead: 75

Source: New York Life.

Percentage of Americans who wrongly believe it is best to let your car warm up before you hit the road, according to the Hankook Tire America Corporation and Bloomberg: 82

Percentage who wrongly think the gas in your car's tank will freeze if you leave your car outside in extreme cold conditions: 35

Source: Bloomberg.

Percentage of Americans who don't have enough savings to pay for a $500 car repair or a $1,000 emergency room bill, according to a Bankrate.com report: 58

Percentage who have savings they can rely on in an emergency: 41

Source: Bankrate.com.

Despite general optimism about the next four years, percentage of Americans who plan to look for a better-paying job and increase overall savings, according to a survey by Experian: 43

Percentage who said they will decrease their spending: 39

Percentage who will look for an additional job: 34

Ranks of "save more," "be a smarter shopper" and "pay off credit card debt" on the list of the top financial goals for the next four years for all respondents: 1, 2, 3

Source: Experian Consumer Direct.

Percentage of Americans who know that most Americans qualify for Medicare when they turn 65, according to an Ipsos survey: 75

Percentage who know that living in poverty alone does not qualify you for Medicaid: 35

Percentage of Americans who know that they pay more for health care than people in other countries: 82

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Idle Thought

"It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor. " -- Max Eastman, journalist and poet

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre@bwr.eastlink.ca.)

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