Figuratively Speaking for October 20, 2017

Percentage of CFOs who said employees should arrive on time so others can rely on them during set hours, according to research from Accountemps: 43

Percentage who said it's OK if they are occasionally late as long as it's not a pattern and people don't perceive them as slacking off: 47

Percentage who said that it doesn't matter as long as they get their work done on time: 10

Percentage of workers who said their productivity has suffered because a colleague arrived late: 43

Source: Accountemps.

Ranks of action/superhero, a "Batman" character, princess, animal and Spider-Man on the list of favored children's costumes this year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation: 1, 2 (tie), 4, 5

Ranks of witch, a "Batman" character, animal, pirate and a Marvel superhero on the list of costumes most favored by adults: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: NRF.

Percentage of Americans who make impulsive purchases, either online or in-store, according to a survey by 96

When it comes to online, percentage of Americans who admit to spending impulsively: 87

Estimated annual impulse spending: $17.78 billion


Percentage of women who prefer less home square footage and larger yards, according to a survey done on behalf of Taylor Morrison: 62

Percentage of men who have the same preference: 51

When asked what home shoppers would spend an extra $10,000 to $15,000 on in their new homes, rank of outdoor living items, beating out features such as upgraded cabinets and kitchen islands: 1

Source: Taylor Morrison.

Percentage of employed Americans who would still go to work even if they were feeling ill with flu-like symptoms, according to a survey on behalf of CVS Pharmacy: 65

Percentage of Americans who protect themselves from catching the flu by getting the flu vaccine: 52

Percentage of Americans who regularly use hand sanitizer to stop the spreading of germs: 41

Percentage who also report protecting themselves from the flu by drinking more water: 55

Source: CVS Pharmacy.

When considering which food items to add to the shopping cart, ranks of claims of being made with fruits and vegetables (62 percent), high in fiber (57 percent), natural flavors (55 percent), low sodium (52 percent) and low sugar/sugar-free (51 percent) that are most likely to sway parents to purchase a product, according to a Nielsen survey: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: Nielsen Insights.

Value of the global wellness industry, according to research by the Global Wellness Institute: $3.7 trillion

Value of the key sectors of beauty and anti-aging: $999 billion

Value of healthy eating, nutrition and weight loss: $648 billion

Value of wellness tourism: $563 billion

Source: Global Wellness Institute.

In industries dominated by women or older adults, percentage by which the rate of substance abuse is lower, according to analysis from the National Safety Council, NORC at the University of Chicago and Shatterproof: 66

Number of times higher than average that health care costs are for employees who misuse or abuse prescription drugs: 3

Annual cost to taxpayers of addictions, also known as substance use disorders: $440 billion

Source: National Safety Council.

Expected cost to consumers in extra interest charges in 2017 due to the Federal Reserve's flurry of recent rate hikes, according to WalletHub: $6 billion

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of IT professionals who listed cybersecurity a top priority, according to an industry survey conducted at the New York Tech Summit: 49

Percentage of respondents who indicated they spend up to half of their organization's budget on security-related products and services: 26

Source: NY Tech Summit.

Idle Thought

"There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age." -- Sophia Loren, actor

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