Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For November 22, 2017

Percentage of employees who admit to being late every day, according to a survey by Accountemps: 7

Percentage who admint to a few times a month: 15

Percentage who say never: 34

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of professionals who describe holiday parties as entertaining, according to a survey from OfficeTeam: 36

Percentage who give these events a thumbs down: 35

Percentage who feel pressure to attend, saying their holiday parties are obligatory: 28

Source: OfficeTeam.

Percentage of "successful savers" (working adults and retirees) with investable assets of at least $50,000 (under age 44) or at least $100,000 (above age 44), not including funds in 401(k) retirement accounts, who listed living comfortably as a top goal for retirement, according a PNC survey: 77

Percentage who selected spending more time with family as top on their list: 56

Percentage who mentioned travel: 70

Of those surveyed, percentage who are confident they will achieve these goals: 72

Source: PNC Financial Services Group.

Percentage of men who indicate they do most of the outside Christmas decorating, according to a survey by Christmas Lights Etc: 82

Percentage of women who say they do most of the decorating inside: 79

Percentage of Americans who say the hardest part of Christmas decorating is taking it all back down: 63

Source: Christmas Lights Etc.

Projected percentage of their holiday shopping consumers will have completed by Sunday, Dec. 3, according to a survey: 50

Percentage completed by Friday, Dec. 15: 80


Percentage increase in a teen driver's risk by having just one teen passenger, according to research by the National Safety Council: 44

Percentage of teen driver crashes that occur because the teen made a critical error due to inexperience: 75

Percentage of teens killed in crashes who are unbelted: 52

Source: National Safety Council.

Of the early holiday shoppers, percentage who say they are trying to spread out their budgets, according to a survey for the National Retail Federation: 65

Percentage who do not want the stress of last-minute shopping: 49

Source: NRF.

Percentage of Americans who are concerned that their sleep habits have an impact on their physical health, according to a National Safety Council probability-based survey: 70

Percentage who are worried about the effects on their mental well-being: 67

Percentage of respondents who say they "frequently" get enough sleep to feel at their best the next day: 43

Percentage who say they "rarely or never" worry about getting enough sleep: 39

Source: National Sleep Foundation.

Percentage of people who say gift cards are what they want most this holiday season, continuing a decade-plus trend of gift cards topping the list of the most popular holiday presents, according to WalletHub's report on 2017's best gift cards: 41

Ranks of iTunes, Starbucks, Walmart, Victoria's Secret and Amazon on the list of the best gift cards: 1, 2 (tie), 4 (tie)

Ranks of Netflix ($86.11), Best Buy ($85.30), Walmart ($84.92), Apple Store ($84.25) and Applebees ($83.40) on the list of cards with the highest resale values of a $100 gift card: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: WalletHub.

Idle Thought

"It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not." -- Andre Gide, writer

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