Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For March 29, 2019

Percentage of families who find the idea of an "unplugged" family vacation appealing, according to research from Alamo Rent A Car: 91

Percentage of families who have committed to an unplugged vacation: 37

Percentage of that group who were successful: 92

Source: Alamo Rent A Car.

Percentage of senior managers who said college basketball tournament activities have a positive impact on staff morale, according to research from Robert Half: 72

Percentage who also see productivity benefits: 52

Percentage of employees who said they are distracted at work by sports, up from 38 percent in 2016: 49

Source: Robert Half Management Resources.

Estimated amount that American businesses are losing per year due to employees' personal financial stress, according to a survey by Salary Finance: $500 billion Percentage of U.S. employees who are worried about money, leading to depression, panic attacks, sleepless nights and distractions at work: 48

Percentage of the U.S. GDP impacted due to lost productivity: 2.5

Source: Salary Finance.

Percentage of global consumers who feel they are better off financially than they were five years ago, according to a Nielsen report: 58

Percentage who are able to live comfortably and are able to buy some things they want: 53

Percentage who can afford only food, shelter and basic needs: 32

Source: Nielsen Insights.

Percentage of U.S. employers who have been directly affected by employee use of opioids, according to a survey released by the National Safety Council: 75

Percentage who have experienced absenteeism or impaired worker performance: 38

Percentage who have had an overdose, arrest, a near-miss or an injury because of employee opioid use: 31

Source: National Safety Council.

Percentage of millennials who ranked teeth as the No. 1 thing they would save or maintain about their body, compared to baby boomers' preference for saving their eyesight, according to a survey conducted by the American Association of Endodontists: 24

Percentage of women who feel strongly that saving their natural teeth helps them feel better about themselves, compared to 51 percent of men: 61

Ranks of photos and scrapbooks (38 percent) and family mementos and keepsakes (29 percent) on the list of household items Americans said they cherished most: 1, 2

Source: American Association of Endodontists.

Estimated percentage of Americans who are expecting to receive a tax refund this year, according to a nationwide survey conducted by SunTrust: 67

Percentage who will use at least a portion of their check from Uncle Sam to pay down debt: 31

Percentage of respondents who plan to spend their refund on travel and entertainment: 24

Source: SunTrust Banks Inc.

Estimated percentage of the individual retirement accounts (IRAs) owned by those near or in retirement (ages 60 or older) that saw balance increases over a three-year period, according to new research by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI): 50

Among the IRAs owned by retirees who are just starting their Required Minimum Distributions (ages 71 to 74), percentage that had increasing balances during this period: 49.2

Source: EBRI.

Percentage of small businesses that will increase their investment in social media to boost brand awareness and generate customer leads, according to a new survey from The Manifest: 63

Percentage that are committed to spending more on digital marketing in 2019: 95

Ranks of social media, website, email marketing, SEO, video and content marketing on the list of the top six digital marketing channels small businesses invest in: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Source: The Manifest.

Percentage of Americans who are willing to spend more money at businesses that have clean, well-maintained restrooms, according to a survey by Bradley Corp.: 52

Percentage who have had an unpleasant experience due to the condition of the washroom: 67

Percentage who have left without doing business: 26

Source: Bradley Corp.

Idle Thought

"In some circumstances, the refusal to be defeated is a refusal to be educated." -- Margaret Halsey, novelist

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