Percentage of employers who report that "presenteeism" (showing up to work sick) is a problem in their organizations, according to a study by CCH: 38

Percentage of sick employees who show up to work that employers say are suffering from short-term illnesses such as cold and flu, which can be easily spread: 87

Percentage of employers who say they foster a culture that discourages employees from coming to work sick: 34

Source: CCH.

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Percentage of U.S. adults who say American food is what they are most likely to choose if they had the choice to go out to a restaurant and eat one type of food, according to the findings of a Harris Poll: 28

Percentage who say that they would most likely choose Italian: 22

Percentage who would choose Mexican: 17

Percentage who would opt for Chinese: 16

Source: Harris Interactive.

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Percentage of Americans who have at least one digital lifestyle product on their wish lists leading up to the Christmas season, according to a national survey by Solutions Research Group: 76

Ranks of a flat-screen high-definition TV (35 percent), laptop (20 percent) and a digital camera (17 percent) in the top 10 of wish list items: 1, 2, 3

Source: Solutions Research Group.

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Percentage of CEOs, presidents and other inside directors who say that their pay is too high or somewhat high relative to their performance, according to a survey conducted by the National Association of Corporate Directors: 67.4

Percentage of outside directors who say the same: 81.1

Percentage of top CEOs, presidents and other inside directors who say that they are underpaid: 2.2

Source: National Association of Corporate Directors.

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Estimated value of the security management industry—homeland security, corporate security, cyber security, etc., according to Jeffrey Fowler, professor and security management program manager at American Military University, part of the American Public University System: $100 billion

Starting salary range: $50,000 to $70,000

Source: American Military University.

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Percentage of managers who say they are not aware of a formal employee retention strategy at their company, according to a survey by Hudson: 75

Percentage of the workforce who believe that it would be at least somewhat easy to find another job right now: 56

Percentage who say they have been contacted by a recruiter or hiring manager about a job opening within the past year: 32

Source: Hudson.

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Percentage of business travelers worldwide who say they often tie leisure time to business trips to take advantage of company-expensed travel, according to a survey conducted by TripAdvisor: 49

Percentage of American travelers who say this: 53

Percentage of U.K. travelers who say this: 28

Source: TripAdvisor.

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Percentage of employers that offer cell phones to their executives as a perk, according to a survey conducted by Compdata Surveys: 63.2

Percentage that provided laptops or home PCs: 44

Percentage that provided car allowances: 33.3

Percentage that provided company cars: 29.7

Source: Compdata Surveys.

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Percentage decline in total fashion spending by teens from spring 2007 to fall 2007, according to results of the "Taking Stock With Teens" survey, a national study on teen spending habits and retail brand perceptions conducted by Piper Jaffray and Co.: 24

Despite moderation in spending habits, percentage of the total teen budget that the fashion category represented for the fall 2007 season: 42

Ranks of Hollister, West Coast Brands, American Eagle, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Forever 21 that teens cited as their favorite places to shop: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Ranks of Ikea and Pottery Barn/PB Teen that teens cited as their favorite home furnishing retailer: 1, 2

Source: Piper Jaffray and Co.

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Ranks of Wyoming, South Dakota and Nevada on the list of the most "business friendly" states, according to the Tax Foundation's 2008 State Business Tax Climate Index: 1, 2, 3

Ranks of Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York and California on the list of the "least friendly" states to do business in: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: Tax Foundation.

John MacIntyre has been writing Figuratively Speaking since 1989. You can contact him by e-mail at