Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For September 11, 2020

Percentage of Americans who have taken up new habits as a result of the impact of COVID-19 on their daily lives, according to a survey by N26: 64

Percentage who spoke to family more in the wake of COVID-19: 34

Percentage of those respondents who are committed to doing so post-pandemic: 79

Source: N26.

Percentage of Americans who credit the COVID-19 pandemic with finally teaching them how to be smart with their money, according to a survey commissioned by Slickdeals: 51

Age at which the average American becomes a frugal person: 31

Percentage who also said that they consider being called frugal a compliment: 66

Source: Slickdeals.

Percentage of employees who claim they are burnt out, up from 45% in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Eagle Hill Consulting: 58

Percentage who say it is attributable to COVID-19 circumstances, up from 25% in April: 35

Percentage who attribute burnout to their workload: 47

Source: Eagle Hill Consulting.

Percentage of Americans who did not take a summer vacation this year, according to a survey by Value Penguin: 72

Percentage of working Americans who did not use any of their paid time off this summer: 44

Additional percentage who took less time off than normal: 22


Percentage of small businesses that accepted Paycheck Protection Program loans from the Small Business Administration, according to 30

Percentage that accessed cash from a business savings account: 24

Percentage that used a business credit card for financing: 20

Percentage that took out another type of loan: 9

Percentage of small businesses that have depended on at least one of the aforementioned funding sources over the past five months: 70


Percentage of U.S. office workers who say that their company has made masks compulsory in the workplace, according to a survey by VoiceNation: 86

Of these, percentage who said their company requires masks to be worn at all times, in all areas: 60

Percentage who said their company requires them to be worn only in communal areas: 25

Source: VoiceNation.

Percentage of adults polled in Australia, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States who worry about the potential abuse of their personal data, according to a survey on data personalization, privacy and trust sponsored by Genesys: 91

Percentage who say their concern has grown over the last five years: 46

Percentage who say it's unacceptable for businesses to share customer details with partner vendors without first securing permission: 70

Source: Genesys.

Percentage of parents who are pursuing their own "pandemic pods," in which groups of students learn together in homes under the tutelage of a parent or hired teacher, according to a survey conducted by Discount School Supply: 27

Percentage of parents who are unfamiliar with the pod concept: 30

Source: Discount School Supply.

Percentage of K-12 educators who say the pandemic has made the public more aware of the importance of their work, according to a poll by Center for State and Local Government Excellence: 68

Percentage who indicate that they value serving their community during this difficult time: 64

Source: Center for State and Local Government Excellence.

Percentage of managers and executives who say the timing of when their companies will reopen the workplace is unknown, according to a Conference Board survey: 35

Percentage of companies that plan to reopen by the first quarter of 2021: 39

Percentage that have remained open throughout the pandemic: 13

Source: Conference Board.

Idle Thought

"Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together." -- Eugene Ionesco, playwright

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