Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 01, 2012

As temperatures heat up, percentage of employees who say that a flexible schedule is the most coveted summer benefit, according to a survey by OfficeTeam: 41

Percentage who said that "leaving work early on Fridays" is their favorite benefit: 28

Percentage who cited activities such as a company picnic or potluck: 11

Source: OfficeTeam.

Percentage of experts dealing with investment fraud/financial exploitation of American senior citizens who agree that the problem of swindles targeting the elderly is getting worse today, according to a survey released by Investor Protection Trust: 84

Percentage of respondents who say that older Americans are "very vulnerable" (75 percent) or "somewhat vulnerable" (24 percent) to financial swindles: 99

Source: Investor Protection Trust.

Percentage of parents who expect their child to go to college, according to surveys by the Pew Research Center: 94

Percentage of Americans who say colleges fail to provide students with good value for the money they and their families spend: 57

Percentage of the public who say college is too expensive for most Americans to afford: 75

Source: Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends.

Percentage of the American vacationers planning to travel this summer who indicated that the still-struggling economy has compelled them to modify their vacation plans, according to a survey conducted by AutoTrader.com: 79

Percentage of travelers who will spend less on vacationing this year compared to last: 37

Percentage who indicated that they are more likely to pick a destination they can reach by driving this summer compared to last year: 28

Source: Kelley Blue Book.

Percentage of managers who said email is an appropriate way to express thanks after meeting with a hiring manager, according to a survey developed by Accountemps: 87

Percentage who cited phone calls as OK: 81

Percentage of respondents who take a positive view of text messages as a way to follow up: 10

Percentage of respondents who appreciate being thanked by promising job candidates: 91

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of men and women who said sex was "very important" in a relationship, according to a survey conducted by an independent third party and sponsored by Adam & Eve: 53

Percentage who said it was "somewhat important": 34

Source: Adam & Eve.

Percentage of working dads who had a child in the last three years who reported they didn't take any paternity leave, according to a CareerBuilder survey: 43

Percent of those working dads who took some, but not the full allotted time off, who said they felt pressured by work to come back early: 47

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

With summer here, estimated number of skateboard accidents reported each year by emergency rooms around the country, according to the Census Bureau: 144,000

Estimated number of accidents that occur each year on bicycles: 544,000

Source: Census Bureau.

When asked what one item they can't live without during travel, percentage of respondents who said their favorite pair of jeans, according to a survey conducted for HomeAway: 15

Percentage who couldn't live without their pet: 9

Percentage who had to have access to Facebook: 6

Source: HomeAway.

Of the more than 8,000 responses to a poll asking "Should there be a cellphone directory?" (votes were limited to one per person), percentage that are in favor of a directory, according to CellPhoneNumber.com: 91

Source: CellPhoneNumber.com.

Idle thought

"To have great poets, there must be great audiences." -- Walt Whitman, poet

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