Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For February 22, 2015

Average frequency with which employees are disrupted by social media and/or emails while at work, according to a survey by CWR partners for Sapience: 10.5 minutes

Percentage of average day that is taken up by reading emails: 30

Source: CWR Partners.

Percentage of Americans who associate collaborative leadership styles with women, according to a study by Pershing LLC: 70

Percentage of respondents who attribute "traditional" leadership approaches, such as giving orders and employing the reward/punishment model, with men: 77

Source: BNY Mellon.

Percentage of graduates who think college adequately prepared them for work in the real world, according to a survey by CareerBuilder.com: 57

Percentage of recent grads who are not currently living with their parents: 71

Of those living with parents, percentage who are charged for rent or other household expenses: 34

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Ranks of conflicting priorities and lack of communication or miscommunication on the list of the most common sources of conflict with other departments, groups or teams, according to a survey commissioned by AtTask: 1, 2

Percentage of workers who say lost productivity is among the most common consequences of conflict with other teams: 39

Percentage of workers who say they often feel like there are "too many cooks in the kitchen": 63

Percentage who say there is often confusion at their company over who is doing what: 64

Source: AtTask.

Year that National Geographic, one of the nation's longest-running and most prestigious magazines, printed its first issue (127 years ago), according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1888

Estimated number of periodical publishers in the U.S. today: 8,000

Annual revenue generated by these publishers: $39 billion

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Ranks of Lanikai Beach, Kailua (Oahu), Hawaii; Ka'anapali Beach, Lahaina, (Maui), Hawaii; and Siesta Key Public Beach, Siesta Key, Florida, on the list of the top 10 beaches in the United States, according to TripAdvisor: 1, 2, 3

Number of the top 10 beaches that are in Hawaii: 7

Source: TripAdvisor.

Percentage of adults, on average, who agree the best way to get more people involved in positive social change is to show them how their actions can make a difference, according to Walden University's Social Change Impact Report: 92

Percentage of social change agents -- people who have ever engaged in social change -- for whom exposure to social change starts at home: 92

Source: Walden University.

In response to the question "Women asking men out: hot or not?" percentage of men who answered "hot," according to a poll by Lavalife.com: 95

Percentage of women who also answered in the affirmative: 64

Source: Lavalife.com.

Percentage of American adults who trust the federal government to handle personal information confidentially and securely, according to the results of a Harris Poll: 40

Percentage of Americans who trust social networking sites with their personal information: 26

Source: Harris Interactive.

Percentage of Gen Z (roughly ages 11 to 20) who expect to own their first home three years earlier than the median age of first-time homeowners today, according to the findings of a national study by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate: 28

Before they purchase their first home, percentage who plan on earning an advanced college degree: 60

Percentage who plan on getting married: 59

Percentage who plan on having children: 21

Source: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC.

Idle Thought

"For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.'" -- John Greenleaf Whittier, poet

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