Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For June 10, 2012

Percentage of CFOs who say their greatest source of workplace stress is trying to balance work and personal demands, according to a survey by Accountemps: 41

Percentage who cited office politics or conflicts with co-workers: 28

Percentage who blamed keeping current with changing accounting and finance regulations: 16

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of employed adults who indicated that their company offers a summer Friday policy (e.g. closed or half-days on Fridays during summer months), according to a Harris Interactive study commissioned by Ultimat vodka: 12

Of those who receive summer Fridays as a benefit, percentage who say they often forfeit them because their workload is so heavy: 41

Source: Ultimat.

Percentage of respondents who heartily support Priscilla Chan's "relationship contract" with husband, Mark Zuckerberg -- entitling her to "one date per week, a minimum of a hundred minutes of alone time, not in his apartment and definitely not on Facebook," according to a poll by Zoosk.com: 75

Source: Zoosk.

Year that Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while listening to a Mother's Day sermon, wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1909

Year and date of the first Father's Day celebration, proclaimed by Spokane's mayor because it was the month of Smart's birth: June 17, 1910

Year of the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father's Day: 1966

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of respondents in six key European nations -- Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Greece and Spain -- who agree that "Europe's current debt crisis is indicative of a series of long-standing political and economic problems that will lead to the breakup of the European Union," according to the findings of an Ipsos Global @dvisor poll: 51

Percentage of respondents, on average, who agree with the statement, "The European Union is an experiment that has failed": 38

Source: Ipsos Global Public Affairs.

Percentage of Americans who rated geeks to be extremely intelligent, according to a survey by Modis, conducted in recognition of Geek Pride Day: 54

Percentage of respondents who identified geeks as the go-to people for technology advice: 71

Source: Modis.

Percentage of American adults polled who admitted they've watched a celebrity sex tape, according to a study conducted by Adam & Eve: 33

Source: Adam & Eve.

Estimated percentage increase over the last decade in the number of all full-time (non-self-employed) U.S. workers nationwide who work predominately from home (or another remote location), according to a report from The Conference Board: 100

Percentage of employees who telework more than once per month, who now work remotely at least one day per week, up from 72 percent in 2008: 84

Source: Conference Board.

Estimated number of college graduates who are spilling into an economy that is producing fewer than 150,000 jobs a month, according to Don Philabaum, the author of the new book "The Unemployed Grad, and What Parents Can Do About It": 2 million

Source: TalentMarks.

Percentage of Americans who say that political action committees or PACs have too much power and influence in Washington, D.C., the No. 1 entity cited by respondents of a Harris poll conducted by Harris Interactive: 88

Percentage who say big companies have too much power: 86

Ranks of political lobbyists (85 percent), banks and financial institutions (81 percent), and the news media (73 percent) on the list of those whom Americans believe carry too much influence inside the Beltway: 3, 4, 5

Source: Harris Interactive.

Idle Thought

"When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness." -- Alexis de Tocqueville in "Democracy in America"

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