Figuratively Speaking for March 01, 2009

Based on a nearly 1,300-square-foot apartment in the city center, rank of Monte Carlo on the list of the world's most expensive real estate markets in 2009, according to the Global Property Guide: 1 (At $4,180 per square foot, it's more than twice as expensive as the runner-up.)

Ranks of Moscow ($1,937), London ($1,928), Tokyo ($1,672), Hong Kong (1,498) and New York ($1,384) on the list: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Source: Global Property Guide.

Percentage of elite professionals (those earning more than $200,000 per year) who say networking impacts income, according to a study from Upwardly Mobile Inc. with the assistance of the Graziadio School of Business Management at Pepperdine University: 80

Percentage who believe a skilled networker could see up to a 100 percent increase in income: 58

Percentage of respondents who said networking is how they found their current job: 40

Source: Upwardly Mobile.

Number of days that employed Americans said their immediate household would be able to survive before it would be unable to pay for basic expenses such as rent/mortgage, food and transportation, should they lose their job, according to a poll commissioned by SnagAJob.com: 120

Source: SnagAJob.com.

Comparing employer "approval ratings" to past U.S. presidents -- percentage of employees who would "re-elect" their boss if they could, according to a "WorkWatch" survey, released by global staffing agency Randstad: 66

Percentage who said their boss should be impeached: 27

Source: Ranstad.

Percentage of consumers who say they don't know how to tell if green product claims are true: 30

Percentage of consumers who say a product's reputation is the biggest factor they weigh when making purchasing decisions: 21

Percentage who say they trust word-of-mouth: 19

Percentage who cite brand loyalty: 15

Source: Green Seal.

Percentage of workers who say they would have chosen a different career path if they could start their career over again, according to an "Workplace Insights" survey from Adecco Group North America: 54

Percentage of U.S. workers who appreciate having a job so much that any dread they may have about starting a new workweek is not a consideration: 41

Source: Adecco.

Percentage of epicurean adventurers who typically indulge at eateries that are $25 and less per person, according to TripAdvisor's dining out survey: 75

When it comes to restaurant cuisine, percentage who said their favorite is Italian: 31

Percentage who cited American: 18

Percentage whose preference was Mexican: 14

Source: TripAdvisor.

Rank of managers maintaining engagement with surviving employees of current recessionary layoffs, as it relates to the employees' morale, innovation and effectiveness, according to a survey from Sirota Intelligence: 1

When managers become disengaged, number of times more likely that their employees are to be disengaged: 3

Percentage more likely employees are to be frustrated with the company's systems and processes: 33

Source: Sirota Survey Intelligence.

Percentage of American adults (approximately 114 million) who play video games, according to a report from Packaged Facts: 52

Number of adults included in the total gamer population who are in the 55 and older age bracket: 25 million

Number who are retirees: 13 million

Number who are grandparents: 28 million

Source: Packaged Facts.

Estimated revenue lost by the U.S. Postal Service over the past two years -- accounted for by sharp declines in the amount of mail being sent, according to a Gallup Poll: $8 billion

When given a choice of three options for helping the U.S. Postal Service out of its financial difficulties, percentage who were willing to give up some of the conveniences the Postal Service has long offered, including six-day-a-week delivery and thousands of local post office branches: 57

Percentage who were in favor of raising stamp prices: 14

Source: Gallup.

Idle Thought

"Death tugs at my ear and says, 'Live, I am coming.'" -- Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., poet, novelist, essayist and physician

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

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