Percentage of Americans who say it is "very or somewhat important" for them to be wealthy, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends project: 57
Percentage who say it is not important at all: 10
Source: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
Percentage of American workers who say talking about television at work increases office camaraderie, according to a Spherion survey: 40
According to women, ranks of "American Idol" (36 percent) and "Dancing With the Stars" (21 percent) as the two most discussed TV programs at work: 1, 2
According to men, ranks of "American Idol" (36 percent) and "Lost" (15 percent) as the two most discussed TV programs at work: 1, 2
Percentage of Web users in the U.S. and the U.K. who say they use just one password for all their online accounts, according to a survey conducted by Accenture: 49
Percentage of Americans who say they don't write down their passwords: 49
Percentage of employers who say personal characteristics are the most important factor when assessing college graduates for potential employment, according to a survey conducted by Monster: 43
Percentage of prospective graduates who expect to receive two or more job offers upon graduation: 73
Percentage of advertising and marketing executives who said "acclimating to a firm's corporate culture" is the greatest challenge for professionals starting a new job, according to a survey by the Creative Group: 42
Percentage who cited "learning new business protocols" as the greatest challenge: 30
Percentage who said "adapting to a new manager's style": 11
Source: Robert Half International.
Percentage of U.S. workers who say women are treated differently than men in the workplace, according to a study conducted by Adecco: 59
Percentage who say women are treated worse than men: 42
Percentage who say women are treated better: 17
Percentage of Americans who are awake by 7 a.m., ready for work and out the door in an hour or less, according to a survey conducted by Braun Research for Panera Bread: 80
Percentage who eat breakfast every day: 61
Percentage who say they would opt for a good breakfast over 15 minutes of extra sleep: 75
Source: Panera Bread.
Percentage of all employed executives who report they are satisfied with their current jobs, according to a survey by ExecuNet: 60
Ranks of "boredom" and "a lack of advancement" as the sources of discontent among employed executives who are not satisfied with their current jobs: 1, 2
Of executives who are not satisfied, the percentage who pointed toward compensation as the reason they're looking to leave their current company: 12
Rank of the Commercial Bank of China among the world's largest banks in terms of market capitalization at the end of 2007, according to a study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group: 1
Number of Chinese banks among the world's top four banks in terms of market capitalization at the end of 2007: 3
Source: Boston Consulting Group.
Annual projected salary for a stay-at-home mother, based on the time spent performing the 10 most popular "mom job" functions housekeeper, day care center teacher, cook, laundry machine operator, computer operator, psychologist, facilities manager, van driver, chief executive officer and janitor according to Salary.com's 2008 determination: $116,805
Annual projected salary for a working mom: $68,405
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