Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For June 15, 2014

As the weather heats up, percentage of HR managers who said their company offers a more relaxed dress code during the summer, according to a survey from OfficeTeam: 57

Percentage of executives who said clothing choices affect a worker's chances of earning a promotion: 80

Source: OfficeTeam.

Percentage of married adults who say that credit scores were important to them when choosing a spouse, according to a survey from Experian Consumer Services: 50

Ranks of family goals, life goals and finances on the list of attributes married adults cite as important when choosing a spouse: 1, 2, 3

Source: Experian Consumer Direct.

Net worth of "Kimye" -- the power couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, according to a Wealth-X estimate that shows the bulk of their combined fortune belongs to West: $155 million

West's estimated net worth: $110 million

Kardashian's estimated personal fortune, mostly from her reality TV show "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," as well as the $800,000 stake she holds in her own branded perfume and the $1.5 million stake in the fashion boutique DASH, which she runs with her sisters Khloe and Kourtney: $45 million

Source: Wealth-X.

Average percentage of North American employees who report bosses losing their temper either "all the time" or "often," according to a survey by AMA Enterprise: 14

Percentage of employees earning under $25,000 who said their boss loses control of his or her emotions all the time/often: 23

Percentage of employees earning $75,000 plus who said the same: 9

Source: American Management Association.

Percentage of Americans who indicate they have assigned specific chores to each member of their household, according to a survey conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of Honeywell: 53

Percentage of respondents who say that getting chores done around the house is always a conflict: 27

Percentage who disagree: 73

Percentage of respondents who say they have to nag those they live with to help with the household chores: 35

Source: Ipsos Reid public Affairs.

Of the top 25 tech companies (by market capitalization), percentage that have founders who are immigrants or have at least one immigrant parent, according to an Internet trends presentation by Mary Meeker for Pew Research: 60

Ranks of India, China, Canada, the Philippines and South Korea on the list of the top countries of birth for recipients of H1-B visas issued to high-skilled workers in 2012: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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

Percentage of Americans who believe that God created humans in their present form, (down from 44 percent in 1982), according to a Gallup poll: 42

Percentage who believe humans evolved, with God guiding (down from 38 percent in 1982): 31

Percentage who believe humans evolved, but God had no part in the process (up from 9 percent in 1982): 19

Source: Gallup.

Percentage of high school students for whom costs are the driving force in their choice of college, according to the College Savings Foundation's survey of high school students across the country: 76

Percentage of seniors who are changing their higher education choices and going to public, local or community school options: 28

Source: College Savings Foundation.

Average amount U.S. small and medium-sized businesses with 11 or more employees spend per year on tech support, according to Parks Associates research: $3,000

Percentage of these SMBs who report having a support subscription: 28

This year, estimated amount that SMBs will spend for computer and network setup and installation services: $400 million

Source: Parks Associates.

Ranks of Singapore, Hong Kong and China, and Japan on the list of destinations in Asia for a dream job transfer, according to a Cartus Survey of Human Resources Professionals: 1, 2, 3

Rank of the United States on the list of leading destinations worldwide: 1

Source: Cartus.

Idle Thought

"We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities ... still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin." -- Charles Darwin

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