Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For October 18, 2009

Percentage of Americans who reject the idea that women should return to their traditional roles in society, with most believing that both husband and wife should contribute to the family income, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends Project: 75

Percentage of working mothers who say they always feel rushed, compared with a quarter of stay-at-home mothers or working fathers: 40


Ranks of self-esteem/self-confidence and work/life balance on the list of the top motivations for which people seek professional coaching services, according to a recent global study of coaching clients commissioned by the International Coach Federation: 1, 2

Source: International Coach Federation.

Percentage of consumers who are planning to celebrate Halloween this year, according to a survey released by the National Retail Federation: 62.1

Number of adults across the country who plan to dress up for Halloween this year: 47 million

Number of children who will dress up: 58 million

Source: National Retail Federation.

Percentage of business travelers who read personal books/magazines or listen to/view in-flight entertainment on the plane when traveling for work, according to an Egencia survey: 50

Percentage of respondents who sleep on the plane: 15

Percentage who spend their transit time working: 34

Source: Edelman.

Percentage of U.S. adults who would not change their personal definition of the perfect job once the economy improves, according to a Work Watch study released by Randstad: 83

Percentage of Americans who would be doing what they are currently doing or would be staying in the same field after the market improves: 61

Percentage of those surveyed who would want a sabbatical as a perk of their ideal job: 18

Source: Ranstad.

Percentage of all data breaches for small and medium-sized businesses that involved insider negligence, according to a Ponemon Institute LLC study released in April 2009: 88

Percentage that were the result of a malicious act: 12

Source: GFI Software.

Percentage of all U.S. dog owners who agree that spending time with their dog lifts their spirits, according to a survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of Beneful: 95

Percentage who say that their dog helps them enjoy the simple pleasures in life: 92

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of American homeowners who believe their own home lost value in the past 12 months, according to the Zillow Q2 Homeowner Confidence Survey: 60

In reality, percentage of homes that lost value during that time, according to Zillow's second-quarter Real Estate Market Reports: 83

Source: Zillow.

Percentage of U.S. workers who made a career change last year, according to survey by 18

Of those who did, percentage who did so proactively because they were looking for a new opportunity: 33

Percentage who reported that they sought new employment because they had been laid off or dismissed from their previous job: 25


Percentage of senior executives and managers who expect their overall number of employees to increase over the next 12 months, according to a global survey of business leaders conducted by NFI Research: 26

Percentage who believe that employment numbers will remain the same: 50

Source: NFI Research.

Idle Thought

"It is good to rub and polish your mind against that of others." -- Michel de Montaigne, essayist

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)