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Posted on: Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tell 'em to zip it at the office ... or not


By John MacIntyre

Percentage of workers who would be willing to tell a same-level co-worker that their zipper is undone, according to a survey by CareerBuilder: 67%

Percentage who would tell a lower-level co-worker: 62%

Percentage who would tell a higher-level co-worker: 50%

KEEP YOUR COOL

Percentage of heating and cooling contractors who say the No. 1 thing they do to improve their home's energy efficiency is change air filters on a regular basis, according to an online survey by Lennox Industries: 85%

Percentage of contractors who say the most common misconception when shopping for a new heating or cooling system is that a bigger system is always better: 39%

STARTING OVER

Percentage of employers who report receiving applications from workers over the age of 50 (but not retired) for entry-level jobs, according to a study from CareerBuilder: 26%

Percentage who have received entry-level applications from retirees: 11%

Percentage of employers who said they would consider experienced candidates who apply for jobs for which they're overqualified: 65%

NOT THE BABY DADDY

Percentage of men being tested for paternity who were not the biological father, according to findings of the American Association of Blood Banks: 30%

PERKS VS. PAY

When technology professionals were asked what companies can offer when salary increases aren't viable, percentage who said job security, according to a Dice survey: 35%

Percentage who cited training and certification classes: 32%

Percentage who said flexible work hours: 31%

ELEMENTARY PREP

Percentage of parents who feel financial education should be taught in school, according to a survey for ING Direct: 96%

Percentage who think it should happen before high school: 82%

BONDING

Percentage of people in the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany and Italy who view close relationships as their top priority in life, according to research by The Future Laboratory commissioned by Eastman Kodak Co.: 70%

Percentage of respondents who see their colleagues every day: 36%

Percentage who claim to never see their parents: 41%

Percentage of respondents who said they prioritize spending time with family first: 86%

UNHAPPY AT THE TOP

Ranks of limited advancement opportunities (11.2 percent), compensation (11 percent) and lack of challenge/personal growth (9.5 percent) on the list of top reasons cited by executives for being unhappy at work, according to an ExecuNet survey of employed executives with an average annual salary of $206,000: 1, 2, 3

IDLE THOUGHT

"An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth."

Bonnie Friedman, author