Percentage of HR managers who have seen someone at their company moved down a rung on the career ladder, according to research from OfficeTeam: 46
Ranks of "poor performance" (39 percent) and "not succeeding in a new job after being promoted" (38 percent) on the list of the most common reasons for the demotion: 1, 2
Percentage of demoted employees who quit: 52
Percentage of professionals who admit they will only give positive references and not share unfavorable thoughts, according to a new survey of professionals by Korn Ferry: 25
Percentage who indicate that offering only glowing feedback about a person during a reference call could hurt their own career if the person did not perform well once hired: 86
Percentage of respondents who believe it's more appropriate to give a bad reference for a job candidate than it was five years ago: 54
Source: Korn Ferry International.
Percentage of executive-level respondents to a Deloitte poll who say their organizations have experienced a cybersecurity incident over the past year, with more than 1,500 surveyed professionals feeling only "somewhat confident" in their organization's ability to respond to and remediate a cyber incident: 46
Projected annual cost of cybercrime: $6 trillion
Source: Deloitte Public Relations.
Percentage of rewards-card holders who are paying their bills in full every month, according to CreditCards.com: 41
Percentage of Americans who are limiting their spending, according to a study by Bankrate: 66
Ranks of the need to save more money (36 percent), stagnant income (24 percent) and too much debt (17 percent) on the list of reasons Americans are limiting their spending: 1, 2, 3
Combined percentage of online grocery sales accounted for by Amazon and Walmart, currently the key participants in the market, according to research by Packaged Facts: 28
Source: Packaged Facts.
Percentage of men and women globally who say most advertising does not reflect the world around them, according to a survey by Ipsos conducted in partnership with the Female Quotient for the Unstereotype Alliance: 72
Percentage who don't see themselves represented in most advertising: 63
Percentage of consumers who still see sexist ads that offend them: 45
Source: Ipsos Connect.
In 2017, number of patients who were treated for Halloween-related injuries in emergency medical departments, doctors' offices and clinics, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission): 16,706
Number of patients treated for pumpkin-carving injuries alone: 3,158
Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Percentage of U.S. adults who said they shop at various types of discount retailers, according to the latest issue of the quarterly Consumer View report released by the National Retail Federation: 89
Ranks of clothing, groceries, and home decor and furnishings on the list of products shoppers are most likely to purchase at bargain retailers: 1, 2, 3
Percentage of Americans who would rather use a set amount of money to upgrade their home to meet their needs than use it as a down payment on a new home, according to a Zillow housing report: 76
Percentage who say they love their homes: 83
Percentage of homeowners who don't have any plans to sell their homes: 63
"Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm, but the harm does not interest them." -- T.S. Eliot, poet
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