Figuratively Speaking For January 25, 2019

Percentage of senior managers who are open to rehiring boomerang employees (staff members who previously left the company on good terms), according to an Accountemps survey: 94

Percentage of former employees who would be likely to apply for a position with a previous company: 52

Ranks of dissatisfaction with management (22 percent), poor fit with organizational culture (17 percent) and unfulfilling job duties (13 percent) on the list of reasons professionals cited for not wanting to return to past employers: 1, 2, 3

Source: Accountemps.

Ranks of Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and Columbus, Ohio, on Orkin's Top 50 Bed Bug Cities list, according to Orkin's Behind the Cost of Bed Bugs Hospitality Industry Report (in partnership with The Bantam Group): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: Orkin LLC.

Percentage of Americans who know their Social Security number, according to research by Quest Diagnostics: 94

Percentage who know their social media passwords: 80

Percentage who know the current balance in their financial accounts: 75

Source: Quest Diagnostics.

Percentage of workers who said they would consider moving for a position, according to research from global staffing firm Robert Half: 62

Percentage of companies that have increased what's offered in the relocation packages they present to top candidates outside their geographic area: 34

Ranks of better pay and perks (44 percent), family or personal reasons (17 percent), cost of living (16 percent) and career advancement (16 percent) on the list of the top factors in the decision to move for a job: 1, 2, 3 (tie)

Source: Robert Half Management Resources.

Number of pounds of grain consumed by cattle per pound of beef, according to research conducted by the USDA's Agricultural Research Service and The Beef Checkoff, and published in the journal Agricultural Systems: 2.6

Percentage of harvested corn grain in the U.S. that is used to feed beef cattle: 9

Source: National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

Percentage of social media users who interact on social media at least 10 times per day by either liking, sharing or posting content, according to a survey from The Manifest: 30

Percentage of users who post images, compared to 47 percent who post updates/announcements, 46 percent who post videos and 42 percent who post opinions: 69

Source: The Manifest.

Percentage of Americans who agree that employable adults aren't working today because they don't possess the skills they need for the jobs they want, according to the results of an American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor survey: 45

Percentage who say few jobs are available in their specific field, trade or skill set: 45

Percentage who cite limited job opportunities where they live: 33

Source: American Staffing Association.

Percentage of millennials (ages 18 to 37) who foresee an improved personal financial state in 2019, compared to just 35 percent of those who are older, according to a report: 59

Among those who think their finances will improve this year, percentage who believe it will be because they will make more money at work, ahead of things like having less debt (38 percent) or making more money from savings and investments (17 percent): 52


Percentage of U.S. business leaders who said it was "unlikely" that their businesses would be laying off workers in 2019, according to a survey by Zogby Analytics: 55

Percentage of business decision-makers from large businesses (5,000-plus employees) who said it was likely that they would lay off workers this year: 28

Source: Zogby International.

When it comes to risk-taking in the workplace, percentage of women who are open to taking small risks to further their career, according to a study of professional women by KPMG: 69

Percentage who are open to taking bigger risks that may be associated with career advancement: 43

Source: KPMG.

Idle Thought

"Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun." -- Christina Rossetti, poet

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