Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 05, 2009

Percentage of working dads who said they would leave their jobs if their spouse or significant other's income could comfortably support the entire family, down from 37 percent in 2008 and 49 percent in 2005, according to CareerBuilder's "Working Dads 2009" survey: 31

Despite a tough economy, percentage of working dads who said they are willing to take a pay cut to spend more time with their children, down from 37 percent in 2008: 30

Percentage who would consider a cut of 10 percent or more: 40

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Ranks of surgeon, senior corporate executive, physician (general practice), psychiatrist and attorney on the list of the most demanding white-collar jobs -- taking into account stress level, work hours and physical demands -- according to research by CareerCast.com: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Ranks of firefighter, police officer, roustabout, sailor and construction foreman on the list of the most demanding blue-collar jobs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: CareerCast.com.

Percentage of executives in America's biggest companies who believe that the reputation of CEOs today is largely negative, according to a survey conducted by leading global public relations firm Weber Shandwick with KRC Research: 66

Despite CEOs' low approval ratings, percentage of executives who report being interested in becoming CEO one day: 49

Percentage of executives who overwhelmingly believe that the road to CEO redemption requires publicly taking responsibility when their firms are in crisis: 90

Source: Weber Shandwick.

Year that the first modern roller coaster opened at Coney Island, N.Y., according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1884

Cost of the ride, built by Lamarcus Thompson and called "the gravity pleasure switchback railway": 5 cents

With a top speed of 6 mph, length of the ride in minutes: 1

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Among the roughly 14 percent of Americans who say they or their spouse/significant other has been laid off since December 2007, the percentage who said that getting the ax has been a blessing in disguise, according to a survey by SnagAJob.com: 39

Of those who were let go from their jobs since the start of the recession, percentage who said they have since found a better job: 27

Percentage who said they used the time off to reconnect with family and friends: 49

Source: SnagAJob.com.

Percentage of consumers who said they are more likely to shop with a retailer that gives them the flexibility to interact easily via online, mobile and kiosk self-service channels versus a retailer that does not, according to a survey commissioned by NCR Corp.: 72

Percentage of consumers who believe that it is important that store employees are available to help locate products: 73

Source: NCR Corp.

When New York City nighthawks, or those people partaking in the Big Apple's night life, were asked what effect the weakened economy has had on their night habits, percentage who reported going to less expensive places, according to a survey by Zagat: 38

Percentage who said they'd become more price sensitive: 34

Percentage who reported that they were ordering fewer drinks: 27

Source: Zagat.

Percentage of shoppers who say they will keep buying store-brand products after the recession ends, according to a poll conducted by GfK Custom Research North America for the Private Label Manufacturers Association: 91

Percentage of shoppers who agree that the store-brand products they buy are just as good as or better than national brand products: 90

Source: Private Label Manufacturers Association.

In 2008, estimated number of people insured against travel-related loss, according to the U.S. Travel Insurance Association's "Travel Insurance Market Survey for 2006-2008": 120 million

Percentage of total sales that were accounted for by policies with trip cancellation/interruption: 90

Percentage of travel insurance sales accounted for by travel medical and medical evacuation-only policies: 5.5

Source: Kundell Communications.

After viewing a news clip featuring a story on the popularity of direct selling in a down economy, percentage of respondents who indicated that they would consider direct selling to earn an extra income, according to a study was conducted by HCD Research: 36

Percentage of respondents who reported that they had sold personal items (on Ebay, at flea markets, etc.) to earn extra money: 31

Source: HCD Research Inc.

Idle Thought

"They are happy men whose natures sort with their vocations." -- Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher

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