Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For April 06, 2008

Percentage of hiring managers who agree with the statement, "Today's youth do not have the same work ethic as previous generations have had," according to a survey conducted for 56


Ranks of birthdays, someone else's birthday, Social Security numbers and wedding anniversaries among the numbers most important to Americans, according to a survey conducted by ING: 1, 2, 3 (tie)

Percentage who said their birthday or someone else's birthday is the most important number to them, respectively: 26, 22

Percentage who said their Social Security number or wedding anniversary is the most important to them, respectively: 16, 16

Percentage who said a phone number: 12

Source: ING U.S. Financial Services.

Percentage of Americans who say they know someone who has an unfaithful spouse, according to the March 14-16 USA Today/Gallup Poll: 54

Percentage who say they would publicly stand by their spouse at the podium if that spouse were an elected official who had to face the media to answer questions about an affair: 36

Percentage of Americans who would tell their elected-official spouse to face the media alone: 61

Source: Gallup Organization.

Percentage of U.S. employees who say they have taken "mental health days" to recover or recharge, according to a survey conducted by ComPsych: 82

Percentage who say family and relationship issues are the most likely cause: 30

Percentage who say work stress/workload: 20

Percentage who say personal issues (financial, legal, other): 15

Source: ComPsych Corp.

Percentage growth for 2007 in the number of U.S. households with a net worth of $1 million or more (not including primary residence), according to a report, "Affluent Market Insights 2008," released today by Spectrem Group: 2

Percentage growth in the number of these households in 2006, 2005 and 2004, respectively: 8, 11, 21

Total number of these households: 9.2 million

Source: Spectrem Group.

Percentage of U.S. workers who say women have made important advancements in the workplace over the past 10 years, according to a study conducted by Adecco: 95

Percentage of U.S. workers who say the glass ceiling still exists nonetheless: 86

Source: Adecco.

Percentage of U.S. citizens ages 19 to 39 who say they are "financially independent," according to a survey conducted by AARP: 57

Percentage of U.S. citizens ages 19 to 39 who say they receive financial support from family and friends: 33

Source: AARP.

Year that Wanamaker's, one of the most famous department stores in America, opened for business, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1877

Year that a major renovation of the store created the Grand Court, including the installation of a huge pipe organ that today is the largest in the world: 1910

Estimated number of traditional department stores in the U.S. today: 3,700

Estimated value generated by these stores in annual sales: $87 billion

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of working adults who believe it is important that companies offer employees wellness programs by pairing personalized coaching with employee wellness initiatives to maintain a healthy lifestyle, according to a poll by Workplace Options: 76

Number of times more likely that coaching will bring success to patients in reducing total cholesterol and other coronary risk factors compared to patients who were prescribed medication but not coached, according to the Cardiovascular Review and Report by Yale University: 2

Source: Workplace Options.

Percentage of workers who returned to the workforce in the last 12 months after taking at least one year off who said they found a job in less than one month, according to a survey from 45

Percentage who said they found a job in one to six months: 33

Percentage who said their job hunt lasted more than a year: 14


Idle Thought

"When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion." -- Abraham Lincoln

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