Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For February 07, 2020

Percentage of C-suite executives who say that their corporate culture is one of the top reasons people join their company, according to a survey by Eagle Hill Consulting: 100

Percentage who cited improving corporate culture as a top strategic priority: 59

Percentage of respondents who agree that they hold their employees accountable for company culture once they come on board: 48

Source: Eagle Hill Consulting.

Percentage of HR managers who say that the Monday after the Super Bowl should be a holiday, according to research by OfficeTeam: 72

Percentage of employees who have discussed a major sporting event with co-workers the day after: 55

Rank of major sporting events on the list of the hottest topics that men discuss at work: 1

Percentage of employees who have taken a planned day off from work following a major sporting event: 20

Source: OfficeTeam.

Percentage of people who have "ghosted" somebody -- or stopped all communication without explanation -- who state that they would do it again, according to a survey by 78

Percentage who admit to dropping communication after a first date because they didn't feel a connection: 45

Percentage of ghosters who report that a date looking different than in their online dating profile photos is the main cause of their disappearance: 15

Source: Group.

Percentage of moms who say they get a better workout running after their kids than in a spin class, according to a Truvia sweetener survey: 60

Percentage who say that household chores count as cardio: 80

Source: Truvia.

Percentage of U.S. adults who do not expect their personal financial situation to improve in 2020 (this figure includes 41% who expect their finances to stay the same this year and 16% who say their finances will be worse), according to a study from 57

Percentage of those who expect their financial situation to improve who say it will be due to making more money at work: 49

Percentage who say they expect to have less debt in 2020: 42


Percentage of Americans who say that it is likely they will live longer than their parents, according to a poll from the Longevity Project and Morning Consult, developed in collaboration with the Stanford Center on Longevity: 63

Ranks of "having more time with their family" and "having new experiences" on the list of positive impacts of living longer: 1, 2

Source: Longevity Project.

Percentage of Americans who said they were spending 30% or less of their monthly income on housing, according to a survey based on questions prepared by Varo Money: 30

Percentage of respondents who stated that their overall expenses have increased in the past 12 months: 78

Ranks of utilities and food on the list of the largest nonhousing expenditures: 1, 2

Source: Varo Money.

Estimated percentage of women married in recent years who have kept their names, according to a Google consumer survey conducted by The Upshot: 20

Percentage who have chosen hyphenating their name or legally changing it while continuing to use their birth name professionally: 10

By comparison, percentage of women who married for the first time in the 1970s who kept their names: 17

Source: Google.

Percentage of Americans who say that the health care system treats physical and mental health as equally important, according to a survey from Ipsos Public Affairs: 23

Percentage who believe that seeing a mental health professional is a sign of strength: 71

Percentage who say people should adopt a more tolerant attitude toward people with mental illness: 69

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of U.S. broadband households who own a home security system, according to Parks Associates: 33

Percentage who own a smart home control system, an increase of 38% since 2018: 18

Percentage who own at least one smart speaker or display, an increase of 10% since 2018: 41

Source: Parks Associates.

Idle Thought

"Getting money is not all a man's business; to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life." -- Samuel Johnson, "The Life of Samuel Johnson"

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