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
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
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 Salesforce.com 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
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
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