Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For August 21, 2020

Percentage of employees who say their employer tracks them with employee monitoring software, according to new data from Clutch: 21

Percentage of employees in the U.S. who say their company doesn't use employee monitoring software: 49

Percentage of employees who believe they would trust their employer more if they used the software: 10

Percentage who believe employee monitoring software would reduce trust: 37

Source: Clutch.

Percentage of parents with school-age children who say remote learning due to the COVID-19 outbreak during the 2020-21 school year would negatively impact their finances, according to a survey by 61

Overall, percentage of parents who would incur additional miscellaneous expenses (technology, tutoring, meals, etc.): 30

Percentage who believe their career opportunities would be limited by balancing work and child care: 22

Percentage who would have to cut back on their work hours: 23

Percentage who would have to pay for additional child care: 16


Percentage of the U.S. population who are aware of the importance of sun protection and state they use sun protection during sun exposure, according to a survey on sunscreen habits by ISIDIN: 50.3

Percentage who use sunscreen on a daily basis: 37

Percentage of skin aging that is caused by accumulative sun damage: 80

Source: ISIDIN.

Percentage of owners of small- to medium-sized businesses who report customer numbers are back up to what they experienced before the virus -- an 8% jump over last month, according to an Alignable survey: 32

Percentage who report they are at or above pre-COVID levels: 26

Percentage who say they're operating with only half (or less) of their January 2020 revenues: 47

Source: Alignable.

Percentage of concert and festival fans who are opting to keep tickets for rescheduled live shows, according to financial results released by Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.: 86

Number of tickets sold to more than 4,000 concerts and festivals scheduled for 2021: 19 million

Source: Live Nation Entertainment.

Percentage of shoppers who plan to stock up if another shutdown occurs, according to a COVID-19 grocery shopper research report from Acosta: 53

Percentage of shoppers who stocked up at the start of the pandemic and plan to stock up again in the event of another shutdown: 38

Source: Acosta.

Percentage of people in the U.S. who have participated in remote training, according to a new survey report from Clutch: 57

Percentage of people who participated in remote training who say it was ineffective: 27

Percentage of employees who say that remote training is either somewhat or very effective: 61

Source: Clutch.

Ranks of laptop, speakers/headphones and electronic accessories on the list of items that parents and students expect to have to buy should online education be the educational scenario this fall, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation: 1, 2, 3,

Percentage of K-12 families who expect to buy computers and other electronics this year, up from 54% last year: 63

Source: NRF.

Percentage increase in fall and Labor Day bookings for RVs, according to an RVshare survey: 50

Percentage who plan to travel in the next three months and hope to do so for seven to 10 days: 69

Percentage who report that they will not fly anytime soon, and will continue to choose road tripping: 63

Source: RVshare.

Idle Thought

"Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need. " -- Voltaire, philosopher

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