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The Week At Work By The Numbers

week_at_work-300x191While you were busy giving Kim K parenting advice, scanning Pinterest for 4th of July barbecue ideas or defending your hot dog eating champion title, here’s what you might’ve missed in the world of work – broken down by the numbers…

14: The percentage of American workers who say they have the “perfect job”, according to a Harris survey. The findings seem consistent with last week’s Gallup report that the vast majority of workers are unhappy at work. (Reuters)

45: The percentage of large and midsized U.S. employers who have changed – or are thinking about changing – their workforce strategies in response to the upcoming provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a Towers Watson study. (

360: The interview style Pedro Baranda, president of the Otis Elevator Company, employs in order to solicit feedback from his team. In a recent Corner Office interview, Baranda says, “When you do 360’s with your team, you learn that the perception people have about your skills might be different from yours.” (

7,000: The number of top-performing leaders researchers recently surveyed in attempt to pinpoint the formula of a successful leader. Their analysis revealed five distinct leadership types. (USAToday)

152,000: The number of college graduates under 25 working in retail sales, according to research from Northeastern University. The number represents just a portion of the nearly 36.7 percent of recent college grads who are ‘mal-employed’ – that is, working in jobs where their skills are underutilized. (CNNMoney)

195,000: The number of jobs employers added to public and private payrolls in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. The number exceeds the 165,000 jobs forecasters had predicted. Despite the better-than-expected growth, however, the jobless rate remained unchanged at 7.6 percent. (

5 million: The amount of money for which a group of former NBCUniversal interns are suing the company for denying them “the benefits that the law affords to employees, including unemployment, workers’ compensation insurance, social security contributions, and, most crucially, the right to earn a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work”, according to the complaint. (THR)

What did we miss? What were your favorite news items from the week? Discuss…

Mary Lorenz

About Mary Lorenz

Mary is a copywriter for CareerBuilder, specializing in B2B marketing and corporate recruiting best practices and social media. In addition to creating copy for corporate advertising and marketing campaigns, she researches and writes about employee attraction, engagement and retention. Whenever possible, she makes references to pop culture. Sometimes, those references are even relevant. A New Orleans native, Mary now lives in Chicago, right down the street from the best sushi place in the city. It's awesome.


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