Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For March 30, 2008

Percentage of American white-collar workers who say they feel "inundated with information" at their workplace, according to a survey conducted by LexisNexis: 70

Percentage who say they feel they are headed for an information "breaking point": 41

Percentage who say they wish they could spend less time organizing information and more time using what information comes their way: 68

Percentage who say that not being able to access the right information at the right time is a "huge time-waster": 85

Source: LexisNexis.

Percentage of all stories carried by newspapers, television and the Internet last year that were about Iraq or the 2008 presidential election, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism: 26

Percentage accounted for by news about countries aside from the U.S., Iraq, Iran and Pakistan: 6

Source: Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Percentage of homeowners who take on their own do-it-yourself projects, according to a national survey by Floor and Decor: 67

Percentage of respondents who ranked painting walls as the most common household remodeling project completed within the last five years: 70

Ranks of installing plumbing fixtures (25 percent) and installing cabinets (24 percent) that home owners perceive as the most difficult remodeling projects to do yourself: 1, 2

Source: Floor and Decor.

Percentage of parents who know their family should eat a balanced diet, according to a national survey by YMCA of the USA and Eli Lilly: 91

Percentage who say their household actually does: 56

Percentage who know their family should exercise regularly: 93

Percentage who say their household does: 45

Source: YMCA.

Percentage of HR executives worldwide who say that the "war for talent" is and will be a key and enduring business issue over the next 10 years and beyond, according to a survey conducted by Resources Global Professionals: 82

Percentage of HR executives who say they are planning to hire external resources: 90

Percentage who say they are looking offshore for talent: 60

Source: Resources Global Professionals.

Percentage of U.S. executives who say they believe markets will recover from the current recession this year, according to a survey conducted by TheLadders.com: 56.5

Percentage of U.S. executives who say they are concerned a recession will have an impact on their income growth: 59.7

Source: TheLadders.com.

Number of low-income children across the U.S. who take part in the Federal School Breakfast Program every month, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 10 million

Estimated number of children who take part in the National School Lunch Program every month -- either at no cost or at a reduced price: 30 million

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Ranks of Prague, Budapest and Lisbon as the best bargain European cities, according to the results of the annual worldwide European travel survey by TripAdvisor: 1, 2, 3

Ranks of London, Paris and Rome as the most expensive European cities: 1, 2, 3

Source: TripAdvisor.

Percentage of sales professionals who say they are happy with the way they are managed, according to a survey by SalesDog.com: 70

Percentage who say they feel adequately recognized for their achievements: 64

Percentage who say their management's sales expectations or quotas are realistic: 75

Source: SalesDog.com.

National rank of Ohio in new business development and expansion, meriting the 2007 Governor's Cup Award, according to the Ohio Business Development Coalition: 1

Number of years that Ohio has been awarded the Governor's Cup, tying Texas for the most wins when compared to other states: 6 (1993, 1994, 1995, 2003, 2006 and 2007)

Source: Ohio Business Development Coalition.

Idle Thought

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." -- William James, psychologist (1842-1910)

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

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