Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For September 29, 2017

Ranks of internet connection, mobile device (smartphone, tablet, etc.), driving, pets and cable on the list of things respondents said they'd absolutely not give up, regardless of financial concerns, according to a survey by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Last year, length of time that the typical American worker stayed at their job, according to research by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute: 5.1 years

In 2016, the median tenure for public-sector workers, compared to 4.1 years for private-sector workers: 8.5 years

Source: EBRI.

Percentage of professionals who said it's appropriate to connect with colleagues on Facebook, according to a survey by OfficeTeam: 71

Percentage of senior managers who said it's OK to engage with colleagues on Facebook: 49

Ranks of Twitter (34 percent), Instagram (30 percent) and Snapchat (26 percent) on the list of social media that senior managers approve: 2, 3, 4

Source: OfficeTeam.

Average number of pangs of guilt American parents feel every single week over parenting decisions they feel weren't quite up to standard, according to research by Farm Rich: 23

Percentage of parents who feel pressured to be "perfect" from friends, family and social media: 75

Percentage of millennial parents who regularly compete with other parents on social media: 31

Source: Farm Rich.

Percentage of HR managers who encourage candidates to follow up within two weeks after submitting a resume, according to research from Accountemps: 65

Percentage of hiring managers who would prefer that the candidate follow up by email: 64

Percentage who would rather a phone call: 21

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of Americans who are likely to snack while watching TV, according to a survey by Eagle Foods: 96

Time per week the average American spends watching TV: 11 hours, 23 minutes

Percentage of respondents who said that watching television is the most common time they snack and share with friends: 65

Ranks of popcorn, chips and ice cream on the list of the most shareable snacks: 1, 2, 3

Source: G.H. Cretors Popped Corn.

Percentage of all U.S. adults who are single, according to U.S. Census Bureau data: 45

In a survey of 1,000 unmarried and 1,000 married adults (ages 37 and older) by TD Ameritrade, average amount less that singles make in personal income than their married peers ($52,900 vs. $61,700): $8,800

Percentage of singles who own a home, compared to 90 percent of marrieds: 58

Percentage of singles who cite "having complete control over the household finances" as the biggest benefit to not being married: 29

Source: Ameritrade.

Amount of money that a U.S. employer with 1,000 workers stands to lose each year in absenteeism, diminished productivity and health care costs because of exhausted employees, many of whom have undiagnosed and untreated sleep disorders, according to research by the National Safety Council and the Brigham Health Sleep Matters Initiative: $1.4 million

Possible annual costs of fatigue in an average-sized Fortune 500 company: $80 million

Source: National Safety Council.

Percentage of parents who say that they read to their children from a paper book at night, according to a study conducted by Ipsos on behalf of the Paper and Packaging Board: 66

Percentage of parents who believe paper is an essential part of children being able to achieve their educational goals: 96

Percentage of parents who admit that they have seen their children have trouble staying focused when doing homework on a computer or tablet: 61

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of Americans who have attended a holiday party or gathering that ran out of entertaining essentials, such as food, cups, plates, utensils, napkins or alcohol, according to a survey by Wakefield Research for BJ's Wholesale Club: 65

Percentage of parties that have failed because they provided nothing for children to do, such as making crafts or watching a holiday movie: 33

Source: Wakefield Research.

Idle Thought

"It seems like the less a statesman amounts to, the more he adores the flag." -- Kin Hubbard (1868-1930), humorist

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