Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For November 27, 2011

Percentage of holiday consumers who say they plan to spend the same amount of money on gifts this season as compared to last year, according to a TD Bank poll: 51

Average gift spending projected for the majority of consumers: $670

Percentage of holiday shoppers who say they haven't saved at all for the holidays: 68

Source: TD Bank.

When presented with an age-progressed image of their actual future selves, percentage of working-age adults who were willing to allocate approximately 33 percent more of their paychecks to their retirement accounts versus those participants who did not view an image of themselves, according to research published in the American Marketing Association's Journal of Marketing Research: 50

Source: Journal of Marketing Research.

Percentage of CEOs and other company leaders who said they wear business casual attire to the office, according to a CareerBuilder survey on Emulating the Big Cheese: 63

Percentage who said jeans or shorts is typical workplace wear: 18

Percentage who wear a business suit: 14

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Percentage of U.S. working adults who will be checking their work email over the holiday season, according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive: 59

Of the 59 percent who check their email, percentage who said they will check their work inbox at least once a day: 55

Percentage who will look at their work email multiple times throughout the day: 28

Source: Harris Interactive.

Percentage of workers who said being courteous to others can help an employee rise through the ranks, according to a Robert Half survey: 48

Percentage who said etiquette plays at least some role in career advancement, but skills play a bigger role: 41

Source: Robert Half Management Resources.

Ranks of New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, Houston and Nashville on the list of markets for country album sales, according to Nielsen: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

In the first 10 months of this year, number of physical and digital country albums that have been sold nationwide: 31.8 million

Year to date, percentage of album sales in the U.S. accounted for by country music: 13

Source: Nielsen Media Research.

Average age at which men today begin to use cologne, according to the results of research by Debenhams: 14

Percentage of sexagenarians -- and their older brothers -- who claimed that they only began wearing aftershave at the age of 30: 77

Source: Debenhams.

Percentage of U.S. adults who had planned to shop in stores or online on Black Friday, according to a survey conducted on behalf of CouponCabin.com: 35

Percentage of shoppers who said Black Friday shopping trips are old hat and it was not their first time participating: 84

Percentage who said that it's a tradition for their family and friends: 27

Source: CouponCabin.

Percentage of workers in the U.S. who are seriously considering leaving their organization, up 9 points from 23 percent in 2005, according to global analysis of Mercer's "What's Working" survey: 32

Ranks of being treated with respect, work/life balance, type of work, quality of co-workers and quality of leadership on the list of non-financial factors that play a prominent role in influencing motivation and engagement in workers worldwide: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Rank of base pay: 6

Source: Mercer.

Percentage of publishers who say they have a well-developed plan for the mobile market, up from just 28 percent in 2009, according to a survey from the Audit Bureau of Circulations: 59

Percentage of respondents who said they currently have mobile content for smartphones, e-readers or tablet devices, up from 76 percent last year: 85

Rank of newspapers (88 percent), consumer magazines (83 percent) and business publications (79 percent) on the list of publications most likely to have mobile initiatives in place: 1, 2, 3

Source: Audit Bureau of Circulations.

Idle Thought

"A problem well-stated is a problem half-solved." -- Charles F. Kettering, inventor and engineer (1876-1958)

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