Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For December 31, 2020

Ranks of generous paid time off, flexible/remote working options and paid family leave on the list of perks workers want from their employers, according to research from Unum: 1, 2, 3

Percentage of companies that plan to expand paid leave benefits next year, according to an Unum survey: 44

Source: Unum.

Ranks of two weeks before Christmas and two weeks after Valentine's Day on the list of the most popular times for couples to break up, according to data analyzed from Facebook posts and statuses by Good Housekeeping: 1 tie

Rank of Christmas Day as the least favorite day for breakups: 1

Source: Good Housekeeping.

Percentage of Americans, representing 35.5 million people, who say they've been victims of package theft in the last 12 months, according to a survey by Finder: 14

Average value of items stolen: $156.82

Total amount that Americans lost in package thefts: $5.4 billion

Source: Finder.com.

Percentage of pharmacists who say they plan to be vaccinated with one of the COVID-19 vaccines, according to a survey conducted by the American Pharmacists Association: 75

Percentage who will be set up and ready to vaccinate patients as soon as the vaccine is available: 60

Source: American Pharmacists Association.

Percentage of American sports fans who are looking to go to a sporting event in the next six months, according to findings by Tappit: 27

In making a decision about whether to attend an event, percentage who claimed sitting too close to other spectators was a factor impacting their decision: 78

Percentage who stated that long lines at concession stands would have an impact on their decision to return: 52

Source: Tappit.

Rank of the desire for a home with a dedicated office on the list of reasons why Americans working from home say they would consider a move, if they were to continue working remotely at least occasionally, according to a Willow survey: 1

As of November, percentage increase in the number of listings that mentioned "home office" or "Zoom room," compared to the same time last year: 49

Source: Zillow.

Percentage of employers that plan to return office-based employees to physical locations in the near term, according to a KPMG survey: 27

Percentage of companies that are letting employees decide when they feel safe and comfortable returning to the office: 82

Percentage mandating that employees return to the office by a certain date: 18

Source: KPMG.

Ranks of number of sexual partners, past sexual experiences and sexual preferences on the list of the most uncomfortable topics for people to talk about with their significant other, according to a OnePoll survey by LELO: 1, 2, 3

When it comes to sharing the number of past sexual partners, percentage who admitted to changing their digits: 32

Percentage who tried to match their number with the one of their significant other: 17

Source: LELO.

Percentage of RV owners who garnered more rental income in 2020 than in 2019, a quarter of whom have cited significantly higher income despite widespread shutdowns and travel restrictions, according to RVshare Owner Report: 75

This summer, percentage of owners who were able to pay for the entire cost of their RV with rental income: 35

Now, percentage of newly surveyed owners who credited rental income with their ability to pay for their RV's financing: 50

Source: RVshare.

Percentage of consumers who purchased food gifts for others in the last 12 months who have done so for the winter holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa), according to a survey by Packaged Facts: 45

Percentage of those who have purchased food gifts for themselves who have done so during this period: 25

Source: Packaged Facts.

Idle Thought

"There comes a point when a man must refuse to answer to his leader if he is also to answer to his own conscience." -- Hartley Shawcross, prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal

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