Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For November 08, 2019

Percentage of workers who say there are at least one or two people on their team who appear busy, but still fail to get the important jobs done, according to a study by VitalSmarts: 85

Percentage who say at least half of their team does this: 10

Percentage who say their manager does this: 40

Percentage of workers who say they have teammates who spend too much time on the wrong priorities: 91

Source: VitalSmarts.

Percentage of Americans who say the idea of being your own boss excites them most about owning a small business, according to a UPS Store survey: 57

Percentage who believe artificial intelligence, such as autonomous machines and 24/7 automated customer support, will be helpful for small businesses competing in the future: 64

Source: UPS Store.

Percentage of final-year medical residents who said they owe $150,000 or more in student loans, according to a report by Merritt, Hawkins and Associates: 51

Percentage of U.S. medical school graduates who owe $200,000 or more in student loans: 48

Source: Merritt, Hawkins and Associates.

Average amount of cash that an increasingly generous tooth fairy leaves per visit, according to the results from the latest Kids' Allowance Report by Rooster Money: $4.90

Latest average weekly allowance: $8.44

Source: RoosterMoney.

Estimated value of the pet industry, according to a study by Bigeye: $75 billion

Percentage of pet owners who say their pet influenced where they live: 34

Percentage who haven't used cannabidiol products on their pets who would consider trying it: 42

Percentage of owners who consider pets members of their families: 95

Source: Bigeye.

Percentage of employees who report they are not happy with their current salaries, according to a study commissioned by Spherion: 42

Percentage who say flexibility at work and other work-life balance programs and perks have decreased in the last year: 62

Percentage who feel their companies have put in more effort to retain them this year: 19

Percentage of employers who report being more worried this year about the talent shortage, citing finding qualified/skilled workers and turnover/retention as top concerns: 71

Source: Spherion.

Despite safety concerns, percentage of U.S. credit or debit card holders who say they have saved their card number online or in mobile apps, according to a study from 64

Percentage of respondents who think saving payment information on a website is somewhat safe (while 31% believe it's not very safe, and 17% think it's not safe at all): 44

Percentage of U.S. adults who signed up for a free trial who were later charged against their will: 59


Percentage of consumers who say they did not receive at least one package they ordered online in the past six months, according to a report from Clutch: 51

Among those who did not receive a package, percentage who say the package was stolen: 16

Source: Clutch.

Percentage of consumers who say they intend to go into physical stores on Black Friday this year, according to a survey by Genesys: 39

Of the 61% of U.S. consumers who do not plan to go into physical stores this year on Black Friday, percentage who say they simply "never" go: 33

Percentage who claim they used to go shopping on Black Friday but have stopped: 28

Source: Genesys.

Percentage of employees with co-workers who report that civility at work provides tangible upsides: 78

Percentage who report better work morale as a result: 40

Percentage who report increased loyalty to their employer: 40

Percentage who report better quality of work: 36

Source: Weber Shandwick.

Today, number of cancer survivors living in the U.S. -- a number that continues to grow -- according to the National Cancer Institute : 16.9 million

Percentage of Americans who believe that one day, a cancer diagnosis would no longer be something to fear, according to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America: 65

Percentage who feel that cancer is becoming a more treatable disease: 70

Source: APCO Worldwide.

Idle Thought

"A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do." -- Bob Dylan, singer-songwriter

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