Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 28, 2017

Average amount of time per day that office professionals said they squander using their mobile device for non-work activities in the office, according to an OfficeTeam survey: 56 minutes

Amount of time per day that workers admitted to clocking on personal tasks: 42 minutes

All in all, amount of time per workweek the average employee could be wasting on activities unrelated to the job: 8 hours

Source: OfficeTeam.

When asked the best way to invest money not needed for more than 10 years, percentage of U.S. adults who replied real estate, according to a survey by 28

Percentage who picked cash investments: 23

Percentage who favored the stock market: 17


Percentage of Americans who admit they do not get enough sleep to mitigate critical risks that can jeopardize safety at work and on the roads, including the ability to think clearly, make informed decisions and be productive, according to a study by the National Safety Council: 43

Estimated percentage of workplace injuries that could be attributed to fatigue: 13

Percentage of all fatal car crashes -- 6,400 deaths each year -- that are attributed to a drowsy driver: 21

Source: National Safety Council.

Rank of "continued cultural bias" on the list of the top reasons for the dearth of women CEOs, according to a survey by Korn Ferry in conjunction with The Rockefeller Foundation: 1

Percentage of executives who say developing women leaders is important because "greater gender diversity makes companies perform better": 51

Percentage who say it allows companies to attract the best available talent regardless of gender: 47

Source: Korn/Ferry International.

Percentage of students/parents who say that paper and packaging is relevant in their daily lives, according to a study conducted by Ipsos on behalf of the Paper and Packaging Board: 79

Percentage of college students who agree: 86

Ranks of writing the information down by hand, reading the information on paper and listening to the information on the list of most effective ways to learn: 1, 2, 3

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs CJ.

Percentage of U.S. workers who would not apply to a company experiencing negative press, according to the latest CareerBuilder survey: 71

Percentage of workers who have left a company because of negative publicity: 6

Percentage of employers who have experienced positive press who have seen higher morale among employees: 42


Ranks of Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, Alabama and West Virginia on the list of states with the most at-risk youth, according to research by WalletHub: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Ranks of North Dakota, Utah, New Hampshire, Iowa and Minnesota on the list of states with the fewest at-risk youth: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: WalletHub.

Estimated number of people who were afflicted with depression in 2015 (4.4 percent of the global population), according to the World Health Organization: 322 million

Percentage rise in the past decade (an increasing number of experts and medical practitioners are considering whether our addiction to technology might be contributing to the rise in depression observed throughout the world, but most notably in the United States and the United Kingdom): 19

Source: Global Wellness Institute.

While car companies and even countries have recently pledged to go all-in on electric vehicles, expected percentage gain by electric cars in the share of vehicles on the road by 2025, according to a new study released by the Fuels Institute: 2

Source: National Association of Convenience Stores.

Percentage of companies that let all employees fulfill continuing professional education requirements while on the clock, according to a survey from Robert Half Finance and Accounting: 26

Percentage who allow it dependent on if the employee has a proven track record for success: 24

Source: Robert Half Finance and Accounting.

Idle Thought

"I learned long ago that being Lewis Carroll was infinitely more exciting than being Alice." -- Joyce Carol Oates, writer

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