Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For August 12, 2012

Although hoodies and T-shirts may be wardrobe staples in some IT departments, percentage of chief information officers who say that the way someone dresses at least somewhat influences his or her ability to move up within the organization's IT department, according a Robert Half Technology survey: 76

Refuting the myth that IT departments are overly casual, percentage of CIOs who described the dress code among tech professionals in their department as "somewhat formal," meaning most people wear dress slacks or a skirt and a button-down shirt: 66

Percentage of CIOs who described the work culture in their IT department as the same as it is in the rest of the organization: 85

Source: Robert Half Finance and Accounting.

Percentage of employees who indicate they have close friendships with colleagues, according to findings from Randstad's Global Workmonitor, surveying employees in 32 countries around the world: 66

Percentage who report that having pleasant colleagues is more important to them than having a good salary: 54

Source: Randstad.

Ranks of U.S. Open tennis, Justin Bieber, the New York Yankees, the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs on the list of the most sought-after live event tickets in sports, concerts and theater nationwide, according to TicketsNow Entertainment Index: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

In June, percentage of the markets where sports ticket demand was high, edging out some of the summer's hottest musical performers, including Jason Aldean and American Idols LIVE!: 95

Source: TicketsNow.

Percentage of people who say they would use location tracking to monitor their spouse's whereabouts, according to a survey conducted by Opinion Matters on behalf of GFI: 12

Percentage who say they would use it to track where their teen goes on a Friday night: 31

Percentage who also say they would use such a service to make sure their children were safe or in the location they are supposed to be: 59

Source: GFI Software.

Percentage of employers who said that they'd think less of an employee who repeatedly uses curse words, according to a CareerBuilder Survey: 64

Percentage who said they'd be less likely to promote someone who swears in the office: 57

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Percentage of management roles that chief financial officers said were filled in their departments by internal candidates, according to a survey developed by Robert Half Management Resources: 38

Source: Robert Half Management Resources.

Estimated number of people around the world who viewed the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in London, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 4 billion

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

When it comes to the veteran workforce, percentage of respondents who say that "older workers bring important experience and insight to the workforce" and are more loyal and reliable than younger workers, according to a poll conducted by Ipsos Reid: 93

Percentage who disagree that "older workers are a burden to employers because they generally cost more and get more vacation time and benefits": 76

Source: Ipsos Reid Public Affairs.

Percentage of Americans who visit a social network at least once a day who say they would rather text than call, according to the results from by 2012 Life on Demand Study by Performics: 49

Percentage who would rather connect with close friends via social sites than traditional methods: 30

Source: Performics.

Percentage of small business owners who see their health insurance premiums rising within the next 12 months, according to a Newtek Business Services survey: 49

Percentage of small business owners who do not plan on re-bidding out their health insurance: 69

Source: Newtek Business Services.

Idle Thought

"Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage." -- Ray Bradbury, writer

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