Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For January 09, 2011

Percentage of unemployed workers who have received at least one job offer since they have become unemployed, according to a survey from Personified: 17

Of these workers, percentage who rejected the offer: 92

Percentage who reported the pay was more than 25 percent below the salary they earned in their most recent position: 54

Source: Personified.

Ranks of the personal computer (78 percent) and the Internet (77 percent) on the list of inventions of the past 25 years that were voted to have made life better, according to USA WEEKEND: 1, 2

At 33 percent, rank of the cell phone on the list of inventions that changed the lives for the worse: 1

Rank of the cell phone (64 percent) on the list of inventions that changed the lives for the better, which goes to show that we have a love/hate relationship with our cell phones: 3

Source: USA WEEKEND.

Year that one of the world's most popular word games (the crossword puzzle, created by journalist Arthur Wynne) was printed for the first time in the Sunday edition of the New York World, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1913

At the time Arthur Wynne's puzzle first appeared, estimated number of Americans who read daily newspapers: 29 million

Today, estimated number who read newspapers on both weekdays and Sundays: 49 million

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of baby boomers (ages 45 to 64) who say they are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country today, according to a Pew Research: 80

Percentage of those ages 18 to 29 (millennials) who say the same: 60

Percentage of those ages 30 to 45 (generation X) who agree: 69

Source: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Percentage of Americans who believe God created humans in their present form about 10,000 years ago, according to a Gallup Poll: 40

Percentage who believe God guided a process by which humans developed over millions of years from less advanced life forms: 38

Percentage who believe humans developed over millions of years, without God's involvement: 16

Source: Gallup.

Percentage of people, and majorities in 19 out of 22 countries, who think that government regulation and oversight of their national economy needs to be increased -- with the U.S., Turkey and Spain as the only exceptions -- according to the findings of a BBC World Service global poll across 22 countries, conducted by GlobeScan/PIPA: 67

In 14 of 22 countries, average percentage of people who favor an increase in government spending to stimulate the economy -- including large majorities of Egyptians (91 percent), Mexicans (80 percent), Russians and Indonesians (both 78 percent) and Nigerians (73 percent): 56

Ranks of Germany (66 percent), France (63 percent) and the U.S. (58 percent) on the list of industrialized countries that had large stimulus programs and are opposed to an increase in spending: 1, 2, 3

Source: World Public Opinion.

Percentage of CFOs who say that other than technical or functional expertise, the trait they look for most is "integrity": 33

Percentage who said "interpersonal/communication skills": 28

Percentage who said "initiative": 15

Percentage who said "ability to motivate others": 12

Source: Robert Half Finance & Accounting.

Percentage of U.S. adults who said they want more control over the information that is available about them online, according to an online survey conducted for Intelius: 90

Because professionals, friends and colleagues routinely use websites and search engines to gather personal insight about them, percentage of respondents who believe their online identity is now as important as their "offline" personal or professional reputation: 80

Percentage of consumers who said they believe it is very important to look up information about people and/or businesses online before deciding to interact or do business with them: 78

Source: Intelius.

Percentage of executives who cite effective management of remote employees as their biggest concern in managing a mobile workforce, according to a survey by Runzheimer International: 54

Despite this concern, percentage who cited employee satisfaction as one of the top benefits gained with a mobile workforce as well as cost savings: 26

Percentage of survey respondents who believe their companies are effectively managing mobile workforce programs, but do not necessarily have measurement mechanisms in place: 60

Source: Runzheimer International.

Percentage of business professionals who said they were "highly confident" that private enterprises have sufficient controls in place to minimize the occurrence of cyber crime, according to a poll conducted by Deloitte Financial Advisory Services: 5

Percentage of respondents who are "not confident" in controls implemented by private enterprises: almost 40

Percentage of respondents who believed it was "likely" or "extremely likely" that an electronic security breach would occur in the next 12 months: 42

Source: Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP.

Idle Thought

"Would the boy you were be proud of the man you are?" -- Laurence J. Peter, educator and author

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