Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For May 31, 2015

Percentage of employees who post about their employer on social media, according to a survey by Weber Shandwick.com: 50

Percentage whose posts include praise or positive comments: 39

Percentage whose posts are negative or critical: 16

Percentage of employees who regret posting about their employer: 14

Source: Weber Shandwick.

Percentage of men in millionaire households who say that financial decisions are made jointly, according to a survey by the Spectrem Group: 43

Percentage of women in millionaire households who say decisions are made jointly: 74

Percentage of men who report they make the financial decisions: 55

Percentage of women who say men make all the financial decisions: 10

Source: Spectrem Group.

Number of people worldwide who do not have enough food to eat, according to the World Food Programme: 805 million

Percentage of deaths of children under five years of age that is caused by lack of proper nutrition: 45

Source: The National Center For Public Policy Research.

Percentage of an average white person's neighborhood in metropolitan America that is comprised of white people, according to a Brown University and Florida State University study: 75

Percentage of an average black person's neighborhood in metropolitan America that is comprised of black people: 45

Source: Urban Institute.

Percentage of Americans who say that it is the "texter" who causes the most road rage, according to an Expedia.com survey: 26

Percentage who say it is the "tailgater": 13

Percentage who say it is the "left lane hog": 12

Source: Expedia.com.

Percentage of Americans who say they feel less secure in their job than they did a year ago (the lowest percentage on record), according to Bankrate.com: 11

Percentage of Americans reporting higher net worth than one year ago: 29

Percentage who report a lower net worth: 14

Source: Bankrate Inc.

Overall U.S. unemployment rate in January 2015, according to IBIS World: 5.7

Overall unemployment rate for those with a university degree: 2.7

Source: IBIS World.

Projected growth of the worldwide Internet of Things (IoT) market in 2015, according to a report by IDC: 19

Projected growth in the value of digital signage usage from 2013 ($6 billion) to 2018 ($27.5 billion): $21.5 billion

Source: IDC.

Percentage of managers who said employees are asked to contribute money for celebrations at least once a year, according to a survey by Robert Half International: 54

Percentage of workers who say it is OK every so often: 51

Percentage who say it is annoying: 16

Source: Robert Half.

Ranks of free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking as the top three factors when choosing a hotel for leisure stays, according to survey by hotels.com: 1, 2, 3

Percentage of global travelers who say mini bars aren't worth the hype: 24

Percentage of Americans who say they have taken stuff from a hotel room: 48

Source: Hotels.com.

Idle Thought

"It's best to give while your hand is still warm." -- Philip Roth

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