Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For April 27, 2008

Percentage of workers in the U.S. and Europe who report Sunday night sleep loss, according to a Monster.com poll that asked whether the thought of going to work on Monday affects their Sunday night sleep: 78

Rank of work as the most frequent source of stress, according to a poll conducted by the American Psychological Association: 1

Source: Monster.com.

Percentage of Americans who prefer a dollar bill to a coin, according to a Harris poll: 76

Percentage who favor abolishing the penny: 24

Source: Harris Interactive.

Percentage of Americans who complain that they pay too much in federal income taxes, according to Gallup's 2008 Economy and Personal Finance survey: 52

Percentage who say they pay the right amount: 42

Percentage who say they pay too little: 2

Source: Gallup.

Ranks of manager (20 percent) and educator (11 percent) as the two most prevalent careers among the $1 million to $5 million group of millionaires, according to a report by Spectrem Group: 1, 2

Ranks of entrepreneur/business owner (30 percent) and senior corporate executive (17 percent) as the most prevalent careers in the $25 million and higher category: 1, 2

Source: Spectrem Group.

Percentage of employees who are stressed due to financial concerns, according to a national survey of working adults commissioned by Workplace Options: 75

Percentage of respondents who report that their financial stress makes it harder for them to do their job: 45

Source: Workplace Options.

Ranks of bankruptcy, litigation, and ethics and corporate governance as the areas of law that will experience the most growth in the next 12 months, according to a survey by Robert Half Legal: 1, 2, 3

Source: Robert Half International.

Percentage rise in the number of facelifts performed for patients age 40 and over from 2006 to 2007, according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons statistics: 14

Estimated number of procedures performed in 2007: 116,200

Number of Botox procedures performed in 2007: 3.6 million

Source: ASPS.

Percentage of parents and teens who agree that kids are not as careful as they should be about information they give out online, according to a survey by McAfee: 80

Estimated percentage of 13- to 17-year-olds who have received messages online from someone they didn't know: 70

Percentage of teens who use social networking sites: 55

Source: McAfee Inc.

Percentage of Americans who say spending time outdoors makes them feel refreshed, healthy and excited, according to a Miracle-Gro Survey: 83

Percentage who admit they don't take enough advantage of the restorative powers of nature: 61

Source: Edelman.

Because of the impact of globalization, percentage of organizations that have already expanded the scope of their diversity and inclusion training programs, according to a survey of senior HR and training executives in the U.S. by Novations Group: 41

Percentage that had expanded their diversity and inclusion programming in 2005: 15

Source: Novations Group Inc.

Idle Thought

"It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards." -- Baltasar Gracian, philosopher and writer (1601-1658)

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

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