Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For November 13, 2020

Percentage of employees who are willing to take a pay cut of up to 5% to work remotely, according to Owl Labs/Global Workplace Analytics' Report: 31

Percentage who would be willing to take a pay cut of up to 10% to work remotely: 26

Estimated percentage of employees who are worried that staying remote could negatively affect their career: 50

Source: Owl Labs.

Percentage of American adults with private health insurance who said they'd be willing to receive a vaccine against COVID-19 when it is released, according to EBRI and Greenwald Research's Consumer Engagement in Health Care Survey: 55

Percentage who said they are not willing: 25

Percentage who said "it depends" or "not sure": 21

Source: EBRI.

Ranks of clothing and fashion, electronics and technology, and personal care products and services on the list of the types of gifts Americans hope to receive this holiday season, according to a survey by 5w Public Relations: 1, 2, 3

Percentage of Americans who plan to buy gifts online and in store: 61

Percentage who plan to shop online only: 18

Percentage who plan to shop entirely in store: 9

Source: 5W Public Relations.

Percentage of companies that say they are willing to hire 100% remote workers anywhere in the U.S. or internationally, compared to 12% who were receptive to that approach before COVID-19, according to research by the Conference Board: 36

Compared to just 25% of companies before the pandemic, percentage of companies that are now willing to hire remote workers: 88%

Percentage that still prefer that employees live within commuting distance to the office location: 50

Source: The Conference Board.

Percentage of adults between the ages of 25 and 34 who reported that their office had no plan in place to deal with an emergency, according to research by Zogby: 54

Percentage of adults who report they wouldn't know what to do should an emergency occur in school or the workplace: 55

Source: Zogby International.

Percentage of people who believe their company should be doing more to protect the mental health of their workforce, according to a study by Oracle and Workplace Intelligence: 76

Percentage who noted their companies have added mental health services or support as a result of COVID-19: 51

Source: Oracle CX.

When asked about holiday plans, percentage of Americans ages 70 and older who said they won't see family in person or haven't made plans to do so, according to a survey commissioned by Aloe Care Health: 50

Percentage who stated definitively that they won't be seeing family in person this year: 29

Percentage of Americans aged 70-plus who would like to have daily communication with family: 43

Source: Aloe Care Health.

Percentage of U.S. employees working from home who say they work as productively or better at home, according to a survey by Weber Shandwick and United Minds: 70

Percentage who say they have the tools and resources they need: 85

Source: Weber Shandwick.

Percentage of people who say they will not change holiday gift-exchanging plans because of social distancing, according to research by Tophatter Inc.: 41

Percentage of people who said they don't think the pandemic will change their holiday shopping plans much, if at all: 44

Percentage who said they are buying fewer gifts because they have less money or are on a tighter budget than years past: 30

Source: Tophatter Inc.

Idle Thought

"There are years that ask questions and years that answer." -- Zora Neale Hurston, folklorist and writer

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