Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For November 09, 2014

Year that November 11, Armistice Day, was commemorated for the first time: 1919

Year that the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I and declared that the anniversary of the armistice should be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving: 1926

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Ranks of New York City's Penn Plaza/Garment District ($4,440 average per month), New York City's DUMBO neighborhood, or Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, ($4,023), and San Francisco's Yerba Buena ($3,643) on the list of the most expensive neighborhoods for one-bedroom renters in 2014: 1, 2, 3


Percentage of companies that admit to not keeping promises made to customers, according to findings of a global survey conducted by Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) and American Management Association: 33

Number of times more likely that high-performing organizations such as Starbucks, Pizza Hut, 3M Corp. and Colliers International are to hire for customer focus: 3

Source: American Management Association.

Percentage more productive overall that employees who work in environments with natural elements (such as greenery and sunlight) are than workers deprived of natural elements, according to The Human Spaces Report, commissioned by Interface, and led by psychologist and professor Sir Cary Cooper: 8

Percentage higher their estimated level of well-being: 13

Source: Interface.

With excuses ranging from "needing the day to fix some botched plastic surgery" to "saying they accidentally got on a plane," percentage of American workers who have called in to work sick when they were feeling well, according to a CareerBuilder survey: 28

When asked for a reason, percentage of these workers who said they just didn't feel like going in to work: 30

Percentage who said they wanted the day to relax: 29


Percentage of Americans who say marijuana should be made legal, compared with 45 percent who want it to be illegal, according to Pew Research: 52

In 1969, when Gallup first asked the question, percentage who favored legalizing marijuana use: 12

Percentage of Americans who believe alcohol is more harmful to a person's health than marijuana: 69

Source: PEW Internet and American Life Project.

Projected percentage rise in holiday spending this year, according to Nielsen Wire: 2

Percentage of Americans who are already making purchases: 22

Percentage of women who say they've started shopping, dwarfing the 12 percent of men who are in the same camp: 27

Source: Nielsen Analytics.

Percentage of consumers who will order gifts online this Christmas with less than a week until the big day itself, according to the eCustomerServiceIndex results from eDigitalResearch and IMRG: 47

Source: eDigitalResearch.

In spite of the unprecedented Ebola outbreak, percentage of companies that expect the flu to impact their business more than Ebola in the coming months, according to a survey that included many of the Fortune 500 companies and was conducted by International SOS: 83

When companies were asked to identify the measures they have implemented in response to the Ebola outbreak, percentage who said they had communicated with employees on preventing Ebola: 30

Source: International SOS.

Percentage of U.S. newspapers that had at least one woman in their top three editing positions in 2013, according to the annual census from the American Society of News Editors (ASNE): 63

Source: ASNE.

Idle Thought

The man who is denied the opportunity of taking decisions of importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to take. -- C. Northcote Parkinson, author and historian (1909-1993)

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)