Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For October 07, 2012

Ranks of food preparation/service workers, scientists, sales representatives, marketing/public relations professionals and nurses on the list of professions with the highest proportions of workers stating they are less productive without coffee, according to a survey commissioned jointly by Dunkin' Donuts and CareerBuilder: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Although most employees report not being heavily involved in office politics, percentage who have observed political maneuverings on the job, according to a Robert Half survey: 56

Ranks of gossiping (54 percent), flattering the boss to gain favor (20 percent) and taking credit for others' work (17 percent) on the list of observed political maneuverings: 1, 2, 3

Source: Robert Half.

Number of people who commute on bikes nationwide, according to a study of the U.S. Department of Commerce's 2010 American Community Survey by BikeGuard: 731,268

Percentage of bicycle commuters in Washington, D.C. (the highest): 3.13

Percentage of bicycle commuters in Arkansas (the lowest): 0.06

Source: BikeGuard.

Percentage of Americans who say that labor unions are necessary to protect the working person, according to a survey by Pew Research for People and the Press: 64

Percentage who say that "labor unions have too much power": 57

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

Ranks of money and parenting/discipline differences on the list of reasons most parents fight, according to a survey by YourTango.com: 1, 2

Ranks of "parental fighting" and "parents who disrespect each other" on the list of the most toxic actions for kids to witness: 1, 2

Source: YourTango.com.

Percentage of Apple fans who said they would rather lose their wallet than their iPhone, according to the results of a poll by ProtectYourBubble.com: 51.7

Percentage of Apple iPhone 5 customers who have previously purchased three or more earlier model iPhones: 40.6

Source: Protect Your Bubble.

Percentage of teachers who have given food to a student they thought was hungry, according to research commissioned by Nutella: 77

Percentage of moms who claim they have let their children go to school at least once a week without eating breakfast: 7

Percentage of children who teachers believe come to school without eating breakfast based on the behavior of kids in the classroom: 29

Source: Nutella.

In 1920, estimated number of farms in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 6.5 million

Today, with advances in agriculture, estimated number of farms providing food for a population three times that of 1920: 2.2 million

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage more likely that "showroomers" (consumers who browse for items in-store before using their smartphones to find a lower price online) are than a non-showroomer to participate in a travel reward program membership, according to a study from Aimia: 67

Percentage more likely that showroomers are than non-showroomers to participate in a retail reward program membership: 20

Source: Aimia.

Percentage of affluents (annual incomes of $100,000 plus) who read at least one of the 150 measured and reported print publications (143 magazines and 7 national newspapers), according to the Ipsos MediaCT's 2012 Mendelsohn survey: 82

Number who downloaded a newspaper app, up from 3.6 million in 2011: 5.9 million

Source: Ipsos MediaCT's 2012 Mendelsohn Affluent Survey.

Idle Thought

"Business, more than any other occupation, is a continual dealing with the future; it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight." -- Henry R. Luce

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