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