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Attention Researchers: What Does This Data Tell You?

So you wanted to be in the research industry. Your dream was to be a researcher? Well whether you are or not…now is your chance.

I was reading a recent survey column in the May 2007 Smart Business Dallas Magazine and thought I would share it with you.

The survey was conducted by Robert Half International and Careerbuilder.com and surveyed more than 3,000 U.S. workers.

Here is a table that the article referenced:

I am satisfied with the performance of my boss/supervisor.

Strongly agree . . . . . . . . . . . . 19%
Somewhat agree . . . . . . . . . . . . 33%
Neither agree nor disagree . . . . . . 20%
Somewhat disagree. . . . . . . . . . . 17%
Strongly disagree. . . . . . . . . . . 11%
  • What does the data mean to you?
  • If you were the research analyst and had to write the headline what would it be?

The headline that was written in the article was:


When I was reading the chart, I thought that if our team rated their supervisors this low we would have a problem. Less than one in five people strongly agreed with the statement. To me that was shockingly low. I would have thought it would have been higher than that. As an executive I would have wanted it to be much higher.

Am I missing something or does that data not support that headline?

I look forward to your “analysis” and what this data means to you.

Obviously it means something else to me.

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