Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For November 03, 2017

Percentage of CFOs who cited too much bureaucracy as the biggest barrier to innovation, according to a survey by global staffing firm Robert Half: 30

Percentage who said that being bogged down by daily tasks and putting out fires were the biggest barriers to innovation: 27

Source: Robert Half Management Resources.

Percentage of parents who feel guilty about being so busy with work that they've missed their child's activities, sports games or teacher meetings, according to a study commissioned by Farm Rich: 33

Ranks of "losing my temper," "not playing enough with my children," "not being home enough" and "letting my children have too much screen time" on the list of reasons for guilt: 1, 2, 3, 4,

Source: Farm Rich.

Percentage of Americans who are making money on the side to supplement their regular income, according to a survey by 28

Number of Americans this represents: 69.8 million

Amount of pocket cash the average American with a side gig earns annually: $3,075

Total that goes undeclared at tax time each year: $214 billion


Percentage of adults across 23 countries who agree that religion does more harm than good in the world, according to a survey of adults under age 65 conducted by Ipsos Global Advisor: 49

In the United States, percentage who agree: 39

In Belgium, percentage who agree (the highest percentage): 68

In Japan, percentage who agree (the lowest percentage) who agree: 26

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Between 2010 and 2016, percentage jump in the number of affluent consumers with a household income of $250,000 or more -- from over 7 million to slightly more than 14 million -- according to a Packaged Facts report: 91

Percentage of the adult population that is comprised of affluent consumers: 6

Of the total growth in adult population during the 2010 to 2016 period, percentage that is accounted for by affluent consumers: 44

Source: Packaged Facts.

Percentage of prospective millennial homebuyers who expect to change where -- and the way -- they live over time as their lifestyle evolves, according to Taylor Morrison's survey: 58

Percentage who expect to live in the home they buy for less than 10 years: 33

Source: Taylor Morrison.

Percentage of consumers who said they would spend between $1,000 and $2,000 more for a vehicle that had active safety features, such as blind-spot detection, pre-collision warning systems and lane keeping assist, according to a report from Edmunds: 40


Percentage of employees with disabilities who have "invisible disabilities," according to a study published by the Center for Talent Innovation: 62

Percentage of employees with disabilities (which now includes mental health and chronic conditions) who disclose them to their employers' human resources departments: 21

Source: CTI Center for Talent Innovation.

Percentage of all teens surveyed who perceive it to be legal to drive under the influence of marijuana in states where it's been legalized for recreational use, according to a study conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions: 33

Percentage of teens who say that driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous, compared to just 68 percent saying the same of marijuana: 88

Source: Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Percentage of women aged 18 to 35 from across the country at all income levels who wish they had someone else's hair, or are only happy with their hair sometimes, according to the 2017 Cloud 10 Millennial Hair Care Report: 59

Source: Cloud 10 Hair Care.

Idle Thought

"Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence." -- Henri Frederic Amiel, philosopher and writer

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