Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For June 29, 2008

Percentage of employers who state that people who dress better or more professionally tend to be promoted more often than others in their organization, according to a survey: 41

Percentage of financial service institutions that state that people who dress more professionally tend to be promoted more often than others in the organization: 55

Percentage of IT employers who agree: 37


Percentage of baby boomers who said they would be very satisfied with their parents' lifestyles, according to findings of the 2008 Generational Differences in Retirement Planning: Adult Children of Retired Parents, a study conducted by Mathew Greenwald and Associates: 37

Percentage of retired parents who attributed their retirement success to the avoidance of credit card debt: 81

Percentage who also cited the creation of an emergency fund: 86

Source: NAVA.

Percentage of Americans who are afraid they're being worked over as their cars are worked on -- they lack confidence that their mechanic is charging them a fair price, according to a survey commissioned by DriverSide and conducted by Kelton Research: 46

Percentage of Americans who say that keeping up with their cars' regularly scheduled maintenance is a hassle and an inconvenience: 46

Source: DriverSide.

Estimated percentage of companies that have highly effective employee engagement programs in place that improve morale, reduce turnover and boost corporate performance, according to a member-driven research study conducted by Best Practices LLC's Global Benchmarking Council: 10

Percentage of high-performing companies that track both employee satisfaction and engagement: 50

Source: Best Practices LLC.

Percentage of U.S. office-chair users who feel their office chair is very comfortable, according to a study done for Allsteel Inc.: 17

Percentage of users who would love to replace their current chair: 57

Percentage of respondent office-chair users who agree they would be more productive if their chair were more comfortable: 47

Source: Allsteel Inc.

Percentage of medicines purchased online that are fake or substandard (includes medicines indicated to treat serious conditions such as cardiovascular and respiratory disease, neurological disorders and mental health conditions), according to a research report by the European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines: 62

Percentage of Web sites selling medecines that do not have a named, verifiable pharmacist: 94

Source: European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines (EAASM).

Percentage of fathers who agree that being a good father is an important part of who they are, according to a survey by Sullivan Higdon and Sink: 87

Percentage who believe they spend more time with their kids than their own fathers did with them: 63

Source: Sullivan Higdon and Sink.

When Americans are asked what steps should be taken to reduce gas prices, percentage who are in favor of imposing price controls, according to a Gallup Poll: 53

Percentage who support releasing supplies from the federal government's strategic petroleum reserve: 58

Percentage who support drilling in U.S. coastal and wilderness areas now off-limits: 57

Source: Gallup.

Among affluent professionals (lawyers, accountants, doctors and dentists), percentage of men who have financial plans, according to data from a study by the Spectrem Group: 66

Percentage of women in this group who have plans: 27

Source: Spectrem Group.

Percentage of U.S. citizens who feel that they will most likely be the victims of cyber crime, according to a research study by AVG Technologies: 57

Percentage of computer users who shop online: 74

Percentage of users who didn't know when security software was installed on their computers: 15

Source: AVG Technologies.

Idle Thought

"It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers." -- James Thurber (1894-1961)

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