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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, April 22, 2007

Getting to the core of worker, company values

Compiled by John MacIntyre

Percentage of employees who said that they know what their core values are, and that they are consistent with their employer's, according to a nationwide telephone survey conducted by CO2 Partners: 44

Percentage who said that they know what their core values are, but that they are not always consistent with their employer's: 30

TAX BURDEN

Percentage of Americans who are confident their income tax return will be filed accurately this year free from errors and taking advantage of all eligible deductions, according to a Zogby Interactive poll: 86

Percentage who still worry they might be audited by the IRS: 25

'SOFT' ATTRIBUTES

When hiring administrative staff, percentage of human resources managers who said they would hire an applicant with strong "soft" skills including organization, verbal communication, teamwork, problem solving, tact, etc. but whose technical abilities were lacking, according to a poll by OfficeTeam, www.HR.com and the International Association of Administrative Professionals: 67

Percentage of respondents who said they would hire someone who had strong technical expertise but weak interpersonal skills: 9

Percentage of HR managers who feel technical skills are easier to teach than soft skills: 93

LOST OPPORTUNITY

Percentage of Americans who now say that basic security not opportunity is their No. 1 concern, according to the results of "The Working American Dream Agenda," a survey released by Change to Win, a coalition of trade unions: 70

Percentage of workers, both college-educated and non-college-educated, who no longer believe the next generation will be better off: 80

MY AIRSPACE

Percentage of travelers surveyed who said they would pay a 10 percent premium to get a more comfortable and roomy airline seat, according to a survey by TripAdvisor: 75

Aside from their seats, percentage of travelers who considered a roomy and clean bathroom as the most important in-flight comfort feature: 30

Percentage who consider a clean pillow/blanket their No. 1 comfort priority on a flight: 25

GAMERS ANONYMOUS

Percentage of U.S. youth gamers (ages 8 to 18) who can be classified as pathological or clinically "addicted" to playing video games, according to a survey by Harris Interactive: 8.5

Percentage of respondents who have felt "addicted to video games": 23

Percentage of youth who also report that their friends are addicted to games: 44

WORKING WOMEN

Percentage of professional women who describe themselves as "ambitious," according to a poll of women at PINK's six-city conference series: 95

Percentage of the women polled who said they had not asked for a raise or promotion in the past 12 months: 46

Of those who did ask, percentage who said they got one: 72

ROARING TWENTIES

Percentage of U.S. women who say that 21 to 30 is the ideal age, according to a survey conducted by Kelton Research: 35

Percentage who say 31 to 40: 28

Percentage who say 40 to 50: 14

Percentage who say under 21: 6

Percentage who say over 50: 9

CAREER TRENDS

Percentage of recruiters who saw a rise in the number of executives who are changing careers when faced with retirement, according to the Korn/Ferry: 58

Percentage of recruiters who indicated that there are at least the same number, if not more, such opportunities as there were 10 years ago: 84

When asked what types of new careers that executives are pursuing, percentage of recruiters who cited consulting projects: 80

Percentage of executives who went on to start their own businesses after leaving their former companies: 66

IDLE THOUGHT

"Humor may be defined as the kindly contemplation of the incongruities of life, and the artistic expression thereof."

Stephen Leacock, economist and humorist

Contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre@bwr.eastlink.ca.