4 The UK-based "Metro" publication recently released a study about the most embarrassing moments a person has endured in a restroom. Among the respondents, 4% say they have dropped their phone in the toilet. 60-70 Motivational speaker Dr. Alan Zimmerman (who spoke at Embassy's summer meeting in Chicago in 2015), cites research done by Dr. Bev Smallwood who finds 60-70% of employee retention is directly linked to management behavior. In particular, Smallwood notes managers who spend time with their employees keep their employees. 6.5 From ASA's Monthly Pulse Report, ASA member wholesaler-distributors reported median sales growth of 6.5% for the month ending Nov. 30, 2015, compared to the same month last year. For more, see Page 10. 58 The top response to the "Metro" study about most embarrassing moments in a restroom was lack of toilet paper (58%). 40 From ASA Insights and author Piyush Bakshi (exclusive.multibriefs.com), proper roof and wall installation of insulation can help warehouses save up to 40% of heating and cooling costs. 59.5 Via consulting firm FMI, its Nonresidential Construction Index Report for the fourth quarter of 2015 dropped four points to 59.5. the lowest score since the fourth quarter of 2013. FMI said the decrease largely was driven by the NRCI panelists' declining outlook for the overall economy, which fell by 12 points from the previous quarter to 58.3. 45.5 Via the TRENDS report, the days sales outstanding (DSO) for HARDI member distributors was at 45.5 for the month of November. "DSO is similar to last year at this time," HARDI's Brian Loftus said. 'A couple years with an improving economy is making it easier for customers to comfortably pay their bills faster." For more, see Page 10. 30.6 Also from the FMI NRCI, cost of construction materials and labor continues to rise, increasing by 1.2 points to 30.6, indicating an expected bump in costs, FMI said.
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