Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For October 11, 2009

Percentage of workers who would be willing to tell a same-level co-worker that their zipper was undone, according to a survey from CareerBuilder: 67

Percentage who would tell a lower-level co-worker: 62

Percentage who would tell a higher-level co-worker: 50


Percentage of heating and cooling contractors who say the No. 1 thing they do to improve their home's energy efficiency is change air filters on a regular basis, according to an online survey conducted by Lennox Industries: 85

Percentage of contractors who say the most common misconception when shopping for a new heating or cooling system is that a bigger system is always better: 39

Source: Lennox Industries.

Percentage of employers who reported that they have received applications from workers over the age of 50 (but not retired) for entry-level jobs, according to a study from CareerBuilder: 26

Percentage who have received entry-level applications from retirees: 11

Percentage of employers who said they would consider experienced candidates who apply for jobs for which they're overqualified: 65


Of paternity tests conducted, percentage of men being tested who were not the biological father, according to findings of the American Association of Blood Banks: 30

Source: The American Association of Blood Banks.

When technology professionals were asked what companies can offer when salary increases aren't a viable option, percentage who said job security, according to a Dice survey: 35

Percentage who cited training and certification classes: 32

Percentage who said flexible work hours: 31

Source: Dice.

Percentage of parents who feel financial education should also be taught in school, according to a survey conducted for ING Direct: 96

Percentage who think it should happen before high school: 82

Source: ING Direct's Sharebuilder 401(k).

Percentage of people in the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany and Italy who view close relationships as their top priority in life, according to research reported by The Future Laboratory commissioned by Eastman Kodak Co.: 70

Percentage of respondents who see their colleagues every day: 36

Percentage who claim to never see their parents: 41

Percentage of respondents who said they prioritize spending time with family first: 86

Source: Kodak.

Rank of the Grand Canyon on the list of top destinations for family vacation packages, according to a poll conducted by the U.S. Tour Operators Association: 1

Source: United States Tour Operators Association.

Percentage of American adults age 30 and older who agree that the economic crisis has increased their desire to provide financial protection for their family, according to a survey on behalf of New York Life: 83

If something were to happen to the breadwinner in their family, percentage of adults over age 30 who say that they would primarily rely on life insurance: 32

Percentage who say that they would take an additional job: 22

Percentage who would buy a ticket and hope to win the lottery: 1

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Ranks of limited advancement opportunities (11.2 percent), compensation (11 percent) and lack of challenge/personal growth (9.5 percent) on the list of top reasons cited by executives for being unhappy at work, according to a survey of employed executives with an average annual salary of $206,000 by ExecuNet: 1, 2, 3

Source: ExecuNet.

Idle Thought

"An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth." -- Bonnie Friedman, author

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)