Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For January 18, 2009

Percentage of American employees who describe their bosses as competent, according to a workplace survey by Randstad USA: 50

Percentage who perceive their boss as a great role model and mentor: 29

Percentage who believe their boss is their biggest advocate: 19

Percentage who feel motivated by their boss: 22

Source: Randstad USA.

Percentage of online shoppers who change their passwords only when or if required, according to the findings from the 2008 PayPal Trust and Safety Study: 34

Estimated percentage of consumers who use social networking sites where they post important family dates, family members' names, nicknames or pets' names that they use to create their passwords: 40

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Ranks of Sarah Palin, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Phelps, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as the people that U.S. adults would most like to be neighbors with, according to a survey by real estate Web site Zillow.com: 1, 2, 3, 4

Ranks of Britney Spears, Rosie O'Donnell, Joe the Plumber and Lindsay Lohan as the people that U.S. adults would least like to be neighbors with: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: Zillow.

Percentage of Millennials (aged 14 to 25) who view the computer as more of an entertainment device than their TV, according to Deloitte's third edition State of the Media Democracy survey assessing the preferences of consumers aged 14 years to 75 years from Brazil, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States: 75

Percentage of Millennials who are regularly searching, downloading and listening to music over the Internet: 80

Percentage who are also regularly socializing online (via social networking sites, chat rooms or message boards): 73

Source: Deloitte LLP.

Even with slower hiring predicted for 2009, percentage of workers who say finding a new job is on their list of New Year's resolutions, according to a CareerBuilder.com survey: 19

Percentage who say they actually plan to leave their current job before the end of the year: 19

Percentage of workers who say the economy and the tightening job market are not making them hold off on their plans to change jobs: 60

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Percentage of financial advisers who are worried the industry's reputation has been tarnished by Bernard Madoff's alleged $50 billion fraud, according to a poll from InvestmentNews: 69

Percentage of advisers who reached out to clients in December to reassure them that their assets were safe from similar schemes: 59.3

Source: InvestmentNews.

Average percentage of total revenues of S&P 500 companies that come from sources outside the U.S., according to the first Egon Zehnder International Global Board Index: 36.9

Percentage representation of foreign nationals on S&P 500 boards: 6.6

Percentage of board members who have no international work experience: 73

Despite the importance of current and projected international revenues, percentage of these companies that still have no foreign nationals serving on their boards: 56

Source: Egon Zehnder International.

Percentage of travelers who stay within the confines of their hotel until checkout, according to research by OnePoll on behalf of Samsung: 45

Percentage who do not even leave their room: 18

Source: OnePoll.

Percentage of American women who would be willing to give up highlights/lowlights to save money, according to the Sally Beauty Supply Best Tressed survey: 33

Percentage of women who say they would never give up professional trims, even in a sinking economy: 56

Source: Sally Beauty Company Inc.

Percentage of the U.S. adult population incarcerated or under community supervision at the end of 2007, according to the Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Statistics: 3.2 (or one in every 31 adults)

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Idle Thought

"Sooner or later, those who win are those that think they can." -- Richard Bach, author

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