Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For January 03, 2010

Percentage of workers who said that a "too hot" work environment made it difficult to concentrate, according to a CareerBuilder survey: 22

Percentage of workers who said the same about a "too cold" workplace: 11

In an effort to save money, percentage of workers who feel that their company has turned down the office temperature this year: 19


Percentage of people who, if they were able to turn back time, would choose to retake a family portrait, according to Nikon's "Picture Yourself" survey: 25

Percentage who believe they look better in person than in pictures: 79

Source: Nikon Inc.

Percentage of entrepreneurs who said that being your own boss is one of the advantages of starting and running a family business, according to a Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.'s (MassMutual) research study: 75

Percentage of all family-owned businesses that survive into the second generation: 30-plus

Percentage that still will be viable into the third generation: 12

Percentage of all family businesses that are operating at the fourth-generation level and beyond: 3

Source: MassMutual.

With all the talk in the media about infidelities, percentage of Americans who revealed they'd never even thought about swapping partners, according to Adam and Eve's "Great American Sex Survey": 62

Of the 38 percent of respondents who admitted they have thought about swapping partners, percentage who said it was simply because they wanted to try something naughty or taboo: 64

Percentage who said they had thought about it because they were excited by the idea of being with someone new: 27

Source: Adam and Eve.

Percentage of workers who think their workplace will be impacted in some way by the swine flu, according to a survey by Adecco: 77

Percentage of employers who are taking proactive measures to address the issue of swine flu in the workplace: 80

Specifically, percentage of employers who have established a policy on how to prevent swine flu from spreading in the workplace: 34

Source: Adecco.

Percentage of companies worldwide that plan to hire more mothers for part-time jobs over the next two years, according to a global study of over 11,000 corporations across 15 countries commissioned by Regus: 44

Among U.S. firms, percentage that reported plans to recruit more part-time working mothers: 46

Source: Regus.

Percentage of women ages 25 to 49 who have made a New Year's resolution to manage their weight, according to an Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of Kellogg: 56

Percentage of resolution-makers that don't make it through week one: 41

Average amount of time women last before abandoning their resolution: four weeks

Source: Ipsos North America.

Percentage of technology executives across multiple industries who cited organizational resistance as the primary roadblock to new workplace technologies, according to a survey by Deloitte: 40

Percentage of the respondents who pointed to budget and cost constraints as the main deterrents: 28

Source: Deloitte.

Range in the cost of early termination fees -- one of the ways that contract-based cell phone service providers keep customers from switching to lower-cost cell phone alternatives, according Consumer Action: $175 to $350

Percentage of Americans who do not know what penalty they would pay if they canceled their cell phone service, according to an Opinion Research Center survey: 40

Source: Consumer Action.

Percentage of cell-phone-owning teens ages 12 to 17 who say they have sent sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images of themselves to someone else, according to the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project: 4

Percentage who say they have received sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images of someone they know via text messaging on their cell phone: 15

Source: PEW Internet and American Life Project.

Idle Thought

"The idealists and visionaries, foolish enough to throw caution to the winds and express their ardor and faith in some supreme deed, have advanced mankind and have enriched the world." -- Emma Goldman

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