Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For December 04, 2020

Percentage of holiday shoppers who worry more about having a package stolen from their doorstep than catching COVID-19, according to a study by 97th Floor: 48

Percentage who say they would rather step on a Lego than get stuck in a holiday store crowd this season: 30

Source: 97th Floor.

When life returns to travel, rank of Bethlehem, West Bank -- (for the real meaning of Christmas) -- on the Lonely Planet 1,000 Ultimate Experiences list of the best places in the world to experience the Yuletide spirit: 1

Ranks of Santa Claus Village, Finland, and New York City (with the world's tallest Christmas tree, ice skating below it, checking out the window displays in New York's largest department stores and the New York Ballet performance of "The Nutcracker") on the list: 2, 3

Source: Lonely Planet.

Ranks of a partner who doesn't brush/floss, a partner who drinks too much and a partner who smokes cigarettes on the list of the biggest "deal-breakers" for women when it comes to new romantic relationships, according to a survey conducted by sexual wellness brand Royal: 1, 2, 3

Ranks of a partner who doesn't shower daily, a partner who doesn't have a good relationship with family, a partner who doesn't live in the same city and a partner who makes less money than them: 4, 5, 6, 7

Source: Royal.

Percentage of children ages 5 through 10 who said they prefer a real Christmas tree, according to a survey by the Christmas Tree Promotion Board: 66

When asked what they think the big man himself prefers, percentage who believe Santa puts up a real tree for the holidays: 96

When asked "How long do you think people should have their Christmas tree up?" percentage who chose "for as long as they want": 47

Source: Christmas Tree Promotion Board.

Percentage of professionals who transitioned to a remote setup as a result of the pandemic who said they work on the weekend, according to a study by global staffing firm Robert Half: 68

Percentage of remote employees who reported regularly putting in more than eight hours a day: 45

Source: Robert Half Finance and Accounting

Whether shopping online or in-store, percent of consumers who cited a great price as the reason given for moving from a browser to a buyer, according to a survey by Oracle: 55

Percentage who said discounts: 49

Source: Oracle.

Percentage of U.S. workers who say if their employer asked them to, they'd be willing to relocate abroad in order to keep their job, according to a survey by Randstad: 51

Percentage who say they would consider emigrating if it would improve the work-life balance between their families and careers: 64

Ranks of the U.K., Canada and Australia on the list of the top-three destinations they'd prefer to relocate to if their job required it: 1, 2, 3

Source: Randstad US.

Percentage of employees who report their job was negatively impacted by the pandemic, according to research from iSolved: 54

Percentage who had to take a reduction in pay: 15

Percentage who had their hours cut: 14

Source: iSolved.

Percentage of organizations that have taken more than two employment actions due to the pandemic, the most prevalent by far was asking employees to work from home, reported by 92% of organizations, according to 64

Ranks of layoffs, furloughs and reduced hours on the list of actions taken: 2, 3, 4


Percentage of Americans who say that they will spend up to $500 on holiday expenses, according to a survey by Consolidated Credit: 40

Percentage who plan to spend up to $1,000 on holiday expenses: 16

Percentage who plan to spend a maximum of $2,000 on holiday expenses: 6.5

Source: Consolidated Credit.

Idle Thought

"You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful." -- Marie Curie, scientist, Nobel laureate

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