Figuratively Speaking For August 10, 2018

Percentage of Americans who practice meditation or mindfulness when they are stressed, according to the John Hancock mindfulness survey: 12

Of those who do, percentage who cite meditation and mindfulness as the most effective activity for managing their stress, ranked above listening to music, sleeping or exercising: 70

Source: John Hancock Life Insurance Company.

Percentage of Americans who report they've kissed between five and 10 people in their lives, according to data from YouGov Omnibus: 16

Percentage who said they've kissed more than 50 people: 15

Percentage who said they've never been kissed: 5

Percentage who have kissed only one person: 4

Percentage of people aged 18 to 24 who said that they have kissed zero people: 19

Source: YouGov. Contact Jennifer Abreu at 212 724 3040 or email Jennifer.Abreu@yougov.com.

Percentage of Americans who are saving their money for travel, surpassing saving for emergencies, retirement or purchasing a car or home, according to a poll by SunTrust Banks Inc.: 45

Ranks of building a nest egg, retirement and saving for "little splurges" on the list of reasons for saving: 2, 3, 4

Source: SunTrust Banks Inc.

Percentage of American adults who are married or in a serious relationship who said money caused the most stress on their relationship, according to a survey on behalf of Ally Bank: 36

Percentage of adults ages 18 to 54 who cited money as the top stressor, compared to 23 percent of adults ages 55 and older: 44

Source: Ally Financial.

Ranks of Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Snapchat on the list of the social media platforms that Americans say most inspire them to travel, according to a survey by Allianz Global Assistance: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Percentage who say that social media platforms do not inspire them to travel: 34

Percentage of women who say they are inspired by Pinterest: 25

Percentage of men who say the same: 12

Source: Allianz Global Assistance.

Percentage of workers who are nervous that their current role won't exist in five years due to technological changes, according to a survey conducted by Clutch: 15

Percentage of workers who are willing to learn new skills: 87

Percentage of businesses that have already implemented some form of automation, such as self-service kiosks, customer relationship management (CRM) software or tablets used for sales: 17

Source: Clutch.

Percentage of leaders of sales teams across several industries who, despite citing base pay as the top reason for turnover, do not plan to increase total compensation for their team members in 2018, according to a Korn/Ferry survey: 22

Percentage of sales team leaders who say they will lose roughly 10 to 20 percent of their staff annually: 30

Percentage who say they will lose between 20 and 30 percent of their staff: 15

Source: Korn/Ferry International.

Percentage of U.S. full-time workers in sales, office and management/professional occupations who are actively seeking new job opportunities, according to a joint survey by recruitment firms Accounting Principals and Ajilon: 26

Percentage of respondents who are passively open to new job opportunities: 56

Source: Accounting Principals.

Percentage of U.S. employers who plan to hire full-time permanent workers in the second half of 2018, up from 60 percent last year, according to CareerBuilder's Midyear Job Forecast: 63

Percentage who plan to increase starting salaries on new job offers in the back half of 2018: 45

Percentage of all employers who plan to increase starting salaries by 5 percent or more: 23

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Percentage of consumers who have encountered an emergency expense in the past year, according to a CIT Bank survey: 48

Percentage who don't save anything: 25

Percentage who save less than 5 percent of their monthly income: 25

Source: CIT.

Idle Thought

"That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest." -- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre@bwr.eastlink.ca.)

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