Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 20, 2008

Percentage of employees with unbalanced diets who say they have high levels of energy, according to a survey conducted by ComPsych Corp.: 5

Percentage of workers with balanced diets who say they have high energy: 50

Of employees with healthy diets, percent who report having high levels of productivity: 73

Percentage of employees with unbalanced diets who say the same: 24

Source: ComPsych Corp.

Number of laptops that are reported lost or stolen each week at the 36 largest U.S. airports, according to a survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute: 10,278

Percentage that are not reclaimed: 69

Source: Ponemon Institute.

Percentage of their annual income that Chinese consumers aged 18 to 34 save on average, according to a survey conducted by BIGresearch: 14

Percentage saved on average by Americans the same age: 9

Percentage of young Chinese consumers who are confident or very confident in their economy: 65

Percentage of young Americans who are confident or very confident in theirs: 21.8

Source: BIGresearch.

Percentage of business travelers who do not have trouble balancing work responsibilities with personal obligations and are using technology as a way to maintain their regular routines and stay in touch with loved ones, according to the results of a survey by Expedia Corporate Travel: 66

Percentage of travelers who establish a nightly ritual of calling their family every evening before they go to bed: 67

Source: Expedia.

Rank of lost productivity among the issues most impacted by employee turnover, according to a survey of U.S. executives conducted by TalentKeepers: 1

Ranks of diminished service quality, decreased employee morale, lost organizational knowledge and higher recruiting costs: 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: TalentKeepers.

Percentage of sales organizations that say their sales forces did not meet last year's sales goals, according to a survey conducted by Deloitte and Oracle: 40

Percentage of sales organizations that say they are satisfied or very satisfied with their sales force performance: 49

Source: Deloitte.

Percentage of Americans who consider cell phones and other technology use to be the most dangerous distraction while driving, according to a Nationwide Insurance survey: 48

Percentage who cite our current societal mindset and busy, on-the-go lifestyles as the reason why people drive distracted: 35

Percentage of Generation X (aged 31 to 44) who admitted to driving while distracted: 80

Source: Nationwide Insurance.

Percentage of Americans who say they support the construction of new nuclear power plants in the U.S., according to a survey conducted by Zogby: 67

Percentage of respondents aged 18 to 24 who said the same, the lowest of any age category: 47

Percentage of respondents age 65 and older who said the same, the highest of any age category: 78

Source: Zogby International.

Percentage of Americans who say they snack in the car, according to a survey commissioned by Pepperidge Farm: 57

Percentage who admit they keep snacks in their desk at work: 55

Percentage who cozy up with their snacks in bed: 29

Percentage who will snack in a house of worship: 4

Source: Pepperidge Farm.

Idle Thought

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." -- J. R. R. Tolkien

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

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