Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For April 19, 2015

Estimated annual capital investment in the nation's highway and bridge network needed over the next six years by all levels of government to meet current transportation needs, according to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the American Public Transportation Association: $120 billion

Annual amount needed to meet public transportation needs: $43 billion

Source: American Public Transportation Association.

Overall median tenure of salary and wage workers (age 25 years and older) in the U.S. in 2015, according to the Employee Benefits and Research Institute: 5.5 years

Average length at which public sector workers stay in their jobs: 8 years

Average tenure for males 55 to 64, the longest of any age cohort: 10.7 years

Source: EBRI.

Ranks of self-awareness; interpersonal relationships, listening and empathy; and influence as the most-coached topics for top-tier corporate executives, according to a survey by Korn/Ferry: 1, 2, 3

Ranks of interpersonal relationships, listening and empathy; influence; and communication skills as the most-coached topics for mid-level managers: 1, 2, 3

Source: Korn/Ferry International.

Chance that a woman giving birth between 2000 and 2014 was cohabiting at the time of the birth, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1 in 5

Rank of women age 40 to 50 in managerial or professional occupations as those most likely to be childless versus women of a similar age in all other occupations: 1

Percentage by which the number of women age 40 to 44 having one child jumped from 1976 to 2014: 100

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of CFOs who say they have lost a good employee to a company offering higher compensation, according to a survey by Robert Half International: 25

Percentage who have lost a good employee because of limited opportunities for advancement: 22

Source: Robert Half.

Percentage of business executives who consider the business suit typical office attire, according to a survey by CareerBuilder.com of 500 executives (hiring and human resources managers in senior leadership positions including CEOs, CFOs and COOs): 20

Percentage who outfit themselves in business casual: 57

Percentage in jeans or shorts: 18

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Percentage of teens who report looking to their parents for information on how to manage money, according to a survey by The Allstate Foundation: 84

Percentage of parents who say their family's approach to financial matters is to not discuss finances with their children and "let kids be kids": 34

Source: Allstate Insurance Co.

Percentage of a company's market value that is attributable to its reputation, according to Weber Shandwick: 60

Percentage of consumers who say they are increasingly checking product labels to see which company is behind the product they buy: 67

Source: Weber Shandwick.

If all the oil from American do-it-yourself oil changers were recycled, the number of cars to which it would be enough to supply motor oil, according to the Environmental Protection Agency: 50 million

Source: AutoMD.com.

Ranks of family satisfaction, health and nutrition, and sustainability on the list of what shoppers consider important factors in deciding what makes it into the shopping cart, according to a survey by Cone Communications: 1, 2, 3

Source: Cone.

Idle Thought

"It takes a lot of time to be a genius; you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing." -- Gertrude Stein

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