Percentage of workers who have called in sick in the last 12 months when they weren't, according to a CareerBuilder survey: 40
Percentage who have a paid time off program but still feel the need to "make up" an excuse for taking a day off, though their excuses are not always believable: 28
Percentage of employers who have checked up on a sick worker: 38
Percentage who have fired someone for using a fake excuse: 26
Percentage of social media savvy travelers who admit they spend over four hours a day on their mobiles, often more glued to the small screen than the beach scene, according to research from Hotels.com: 30
When it comes to what they are bragging about on their trips, percentage who post food snaps: 44
Percentage of American adults who have stated that they didn't make a New Year's resolution, according to a survey by Delta Dental: 23
For the rest, ranks of saving more money, losing weight and improving overall health on the list of resolutions Americans are making: 1, 2, 3
Source: Delta Dental Plans Association.
Percentage of luxury consumers in America who said home products were the most important luxury category to them, ahead of travel, automobiles and jewelry, according to findings released by LG Signature: 26
Percentage who would rather spend money upgrading their home than on fine jewelry: 78
Percentage who would rather spend money on their home than on travel: 55
Source: LG Signature.
Percentage of workers who said goal-setting is important to their work performance, according to a survey from Accountemps: 93
Percentage of professionals who discuss progress with their managers at least monthly: 51
Percentage of callers who say that being transferred when they reach customer service leads them to think they're talking to a call center, according to a survey conducted by Clutch: 39
Percentage of callers to an automated system who said the quality they most appreciated was being offered the opportunity to talk to a real person: 25
Percentage of callers who assume they are speaking to a call center employee and also report total issue resolution: 44
Percentage of customers who believe they are speaking directly to the business they called who also report being satisfied: 76
Ranks of Hawaii, Maryland, Texas and Oklahoma on the list of states with the highest average total debt, according to a study by GOBankingRates: 1, 2, 3, 4
Ranks of Washington, D.C., Arkansas, Louisiana and South Dakota on the list of states with the lowest average total debt: 1, 2, 3, 4
Ranks of Hawaii and Maine on the list of states with the highest percentage of credit card debt (where 75 percent of people have debt): 1 (tie)
Percentage of those still working who are not actively paying off any debts before retirement, according a PNC survey: 38
Percentage who are attempting to pay off their mortgage: 31
Percentage who are paying down credit card debt: 10
Source: PNC Financial Services Group.
Percentage of Americans who have been bullied as an adult (subjected to repeated negative behavior intended to harm or intimidate), according to a survey conducted on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association: 31
Percentage of the victims of bullying who suffer from stress: 71
Percentage who experience anxiety/depression: 70
Percentage who report a loss of confidence: 55
Source: American Osteopathic Association.
Percentage of attorneys who said decreased job stress is the one aspect of their job they would change, according to a survey by Robert Half Legal: 42
Percentage who said they would opt for fewer hours at work or more personal time: 22
Source: Robert Half Legal.
"We also deem those happy who from the experience of life, have learned to bear its ills and without descanting on their weight." -- Juvenal, Roman poet
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