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Finding Balance in the Big Bend
An Inside Look at the Pursuit of 'Me Time', Landmarks, Break Rooms, and More...
October 11, 2016
Presented to the
Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
Professional Women’s Forum
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Chamber of Commerce Professional
Women’s Forum
 Collected: September 27-30, 2016
 Sample Size: 531 Professionals
 Margin of Error: +/- 4.25%
 Goals…. Better Understand:
o What contributes to professionals’ sense of satisfaction with work-life
balance?
o What keeps people in Tallahassee? What should our town have more of?
o What unique features define or disrupt the experience of professional
women in Tallahassee?
Survey of Tallahasseeans
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Initial Hypothesis:
 The perception that the “weight” of one’s work life and
the “weight” of one’s home life are favorably balanced
in relation to one another.
 This doesn’t require that the “weights” are exactly
equal, but that for one’s own needs and wants,
time/energy spent with each feel well balanced.
Hypothesis: Work Life Balance =
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Let’s start with guilt …
When things get really busy in your life, which of the following do you struggle
to find time for in a way that leaves you with a sense of feeling guilty?
Who feels more guilty about what?
 Housekeeping such as laundry, yard work
 Maintaining relationships with friends
 Doing creative projects
 Time alone / “you time”
 Fun activities with family
 Reading books or learning something new
 Volunteering such as in a classroom or for an
organization you care about
 Health upkeep such as going for checkups, getting
flu shots
 Courtesies such as writing thank you cards or
condolence cards
 Personal grooming such as getting haircuts,
moisturizing, flossing
 Religious/spiritual pursuits
 Unstructured time
 Caring for pets
 Watering/caring for plants
 Exercise
Women more than Men:
 Going on dates or romantic activities
When things get really busy in your life, which of the following do you struggle
to find time for in a way that leaves you with a sense of feeling guilty?
Men more than Women:
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Under pressure…
 Perhaps female professionals in Tallahassee feel a greater
sense of pressure than male professionals when it comes
to finding time to get things done,
and/or
 Female professionals feel more guilty about what doesn’t
get done, when it doesn’t.
 This isn’t the only area where men and women perceive
workload or home life differently.
 We’ll start with a fun one….
What might this mean?
Which of these refrigerators looks
more like your own?
“Cluttered” “Clean”
Which of these refrigerators looks
more like your own?
“Cluttered” = 55% “Clean” = 45%
No statistical difference between portions of men and women reporting each
But… is that how they like it?
No! I don’t like my fridge with a clean front!
Women:
8%
Men: 8%
0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30%
No! I don’t like my fridge with a cluttered front!
Women:
21%
Men: 11%
0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30%
So what?
 Maybe so….. And more on that shortly.
Does not liking how the outside of your fridge
looks matter in ANY way beyond how you feel
when you walk past your fridge?
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Now for something a little more
obviously relevant:
 How much is “who does what” around the house a
source of conflict between yourself and your
spouse/partner?
o Just 38% report that there is strong conflict.
o Women slightly more likely to report that this is a “large” source of conflict,
but no significant difference in portions of men and women who report low-
levels of conflict.
Divisions of labor…
0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 50% 55% 60% 65% 70% 75% 80% 85% 90% 95% 100%
Women
Men
Not at all Not too much Somewhat Large
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Perceptions of Home Workload Split
 Who manages the majority of “kid logistics” each
week – yourself, the other parent, or split evenly?
Perhaps this finding accounts for some
of that difference:
6% 6%0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
The dad does
Men
Women
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Perceptions of Home Workload Split
 Who manages the majority of “kid logistics” each
week – yourself, the other parent, or split evenly?
Perhaps this finding accounts for some
of that difference:
40%
54%
66%
28%
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
30%
35%
40%
45%
50%
55%
60%
65%
70%
The mom does Split about equally
Men
Women
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Then there’s the workplace
 First, some basic stats…. Type of workplace:
o Private company: 41%
o State or local government: 32%
o Educational institution (K-12 or College): 14%
o Non-profit company: 14%
 What best describes your work week?
o Standard hours with limited to no flexibility: 47%
o Standard hours but with some flexibility: 37%
o Lots of flexibility (such as ability to work from home or
telecommute): 17%
What do Tallahasseeans think of their
workplaces?
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Percent of employed Tallahasseeans
who AGREE with the statement:
“I love my job” by job characteristics:
50%
58%
63%
53%
44%
68%
66%
57%
55%
State/Local Gov
Education
Private Company
Non-Profit
No Flexibility
Some Flexibility
Lots of Flexibility
Men
Women
 “Some” and “Lots” of flexibility are statistically tied, both far more likely
to love their jobs compared with those who have limited to no flexibility
in their hours.
 Private company employees are significantly more likely to love their
jobs compared with government and non-profit employees.
 Men and women are statistically tied.
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But it appears that another factor
matters as much as or MORE:
“I love my job” by employer’s charitable engagement:
20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70%
NONE OF THESE
Sponsored or donated to charitable project
Encouraged volunteerism
Provided company resources to help a cause
 The charitable engagement of one’s company matters
a lot and is one of the strongest predictors of
employees loving their jobs.
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And then some…
The charitable or volunteerism-promoting activity of
companies is also significantly associated with:
 % who feel they have a “good balance going between work
and life”
 % who report that they “like living in Tallahassee and plan
to stay a while”
 % who feel that “Tallahassee is a good place to build a
career”
 % who feel that “Tallahassee is a good place to achieve a
positive work-life balance”
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Let’s take a step back …
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Let’s take a step back …
“I love my job” and work-life balance by shoe situation:
 Tallahasseeans who report that on the average workday their shoes
are comfortable also report significantly greater levels of job
satisfaction and positive work-life balance.
 While women are DOUBLE as likely to report that their weekday shoes
are uncomfortable, there are NO gender differences in the relationship
between uncomfortable shoes and feeling dissatisfied with work/life.
61%
48%
39%
25%
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
30%
35%
40%
45%
50%
55%
60%
65%
I LOVE BY JOB GOOD WORK LIFE BALANCE
COMFORTABLE
SHOES
UNCOMFORTABLE
SHOES
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Feeling stuck…
Comfortable shoes are also statistically associated with
one’s satisfaction living in Tallahassee:
24%
47%
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
30%
35%
40%
45%
50%
"I feel stuck in Tallahassee and
would leave if I could"
Comfortable
Shoes
Uncomfortable
Shoes
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And then some…
Uncomfortable shoes are also
significantly associated with:
 % who report that “when I make lunch plans with a
friend, there is a good chance I’ll cancel or postpone
at the last moment”
 % who report that most days do NOT go as expected
 % who report NOT liking how the front of their fridge
looks
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Correlation is not causation, so…
 We can’t assume that wearing uncomfortable shoes
CAUSES one to feel trapped in Tallahassee, and…
 Feeling trapped in Tallahassee doesn’t force one to wear
uncomfortable shoes.
 Therefore:
 What is it about feeling trapped in one’s shoes that relates
to how one feels about their job, their predictability with
lunch plans with friends, the city they live in, their fridge,
and so on?
What’s the common underlying issue?
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It seems that:
 One’s sense of control over the little things in life…
even as little and easily changeable as one’s shoes or
the magnets on one’s fridge … is a huge determinant
of one’s life satisfaction, whether in the home or in
one’s job.
Something about control over the little
things in life…
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A new hypothesis…
 We began with the hypothesis that work-life balance is a
function of how work factors and life factors relate to ONE
ANOTHER.
 Perhaps this is isn’t quite so.
 Maybe work-life balance is really a function of within-work
balance and within-life balance, more so than a measure
of balance between the two.
 Here’s how that might look…
What contributes to control?
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You are the fulcrum.
 The sides of the scale are constantly changing weights –
new projects at work, a coworker on vacation, a broken
appliance at home, a child home sick from school…
 If the center point – the fulcrum – is set in stone and
cannot move, the weights alone determine balance.
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You are the fulcrum.
 Like this.
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You are the fulcrum.
 But if the fulcrum CAN move … balance can be
maintained.
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You are the fulcrum.
 Your ability to move your fulcrum depends on within-work balance
and/or within-life balance:
o Balance WITHIN a home may be having a good division of labor on household
activities or kid logistics, or even how tidy one’s fridge or living spaces are kept.
o Balance WITHIN a workplace may be having an employer who offers enough
flexibility where you can spend a little time volunteering or taking care of things on the
home front without repercussion.
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You are the fulcrum.
 When the balance within one’s home, or within one’s workplace is off… that’s
where dissatisfaction can really take hold.
 (This is also where I am tempted to say that comfortable shoes increase one’s
comfort to be mobile…. But this is about a feeling far less tangible than being
able to dart out to the store on a moment’s notice wearing heels. (And a lot of
women are perfectly comfortable doing just that.))
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What can Tallahassee employers to do
help staff become happier fulcrums?
Ping pong table
24%
Tetris on an
old Nintendo
16%
Chess
board
2%
Cookies
22%
TV news
36%
“Break Rooms” And some flexibility:
 Consider what types of
flexibility may be feasible in
your workplace and survey
employees to see what options
would be most appreciated.
 Consider ways to address
within-work balance at times of
work overflow.
 Encourage volunteerism and/or
consider options for giving
within the community, too!
What can Tallahassee as a city do to
attract and retain happy residents?
Of the following, which do you wish Tallahassee had MORE of?
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
30%
35%
40%
45%
50%
Airlines
Comedyclubs
Publictransportation
Artfestivals
Recreationalactivities
Musicvenues
Nightlife
Finediningrestaurants
Adultarcades
Parksortrails
Specialtymedicalcare
Adultsportsteams
Cookingschools
Clothingstores
Movietheatres
Adulteducationoptions
Casualrestaurants
Publicpools
Civicengagement
Dessertspots
Professionalnetworkinggroups
Bowlingalleys
Socialclubs
Supportgroups
Plannedcommunities
Childcareoptions
Shoestores
Playgrounds
Fitnessclasses
Karaoke
Poolhalls
Parades
Privateschools
Hotels
MEN WOMEN
What can Tallahassee as a city do to
attract and retain happy residents?
Let’s take airlines out of the running and look again…
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
Museums
Comedyclubs
Publictransportation
Artfestivals
Recreationalactivities
Musicvenues
Nightlife
Finediningrestaurants
Adultarcades
Parksortrails
Specialtymedicalcare
Adultsportsteams
Cookingschools
Clothingstores
Movietheatres
Adulteducationoptions
Casualrestaurants
Publicpools
Civicengagement
Dessertspots
Professionalnetworkinggroups
Bowlingalleys
Socialclubs
Supportgroups
Plannedcommunities
Childcareoptions
Shoestores
Playgrounds
Fitnessclasses
Karaoke
Poolhalls
Parades
Privateschools
Hotels
MEN WOMEN
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And finally…. An experiment
 Respondents were randomly presented with 1 of 3 pictures of Tallahassee “landmarks”
while being asked about whether they like living in Tallahassee and plan to stay, or if they
feel stuck in Tallahassee and would move if they could.
 The pictures weren’t labeled and just appeared in the background.
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“I like Tallahassee and plan to stay
for a while”
Cascades Park Lake Ella FSU/Seminoles
ALL 79% 72% 69%
Women 74% 71% 69%
Men 91% 75% 70%
FSU Fans 83% 78% 73%
Gator Fans 79% 72% 53%
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You're on your own, and you know what you know.
And you are the one who'll decide where to go.
~Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss
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Survey: Finding Work-Life Balance in Tallahassee

  • 1. Finding Balance in the Big Bend An Inside Look at the Pursuit of 'Me Time', Landmarks, Break Rooms, and More... October 11, 2016 Presented to the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Professional Women’s Forum
  • 2. 2 Chamber of Commerce Professional Women’s Forum  Collected: September 27-30, 2016  Sample Size: 531 Professionals  Margin of Error: +/- 4.25%  Goals…. Better Understand: o What contributes to professionals’ sense of satisfaction with work-life balance? o What keeps people in Tallahassee? What should our town have more of? o What unique features define or disrupt the experience of professional women in Tallahassee? Survey of Tallahasseeans
  • 3. 3 Initial Hypothesis:  The perception that the “weight” of one’s work life and the “weight” of one’s home life are favorably balanced in relation to one another.  This doesn’t require that the “weights” are exactly equal, but that for one’s own needs and wants, time/energy spent with each feel well balanced. Hypothesis: Work Life Balance =
  • 4. 4 Let’s start with guilt … When things get really busy in your life, which of the following do you struggle to find time for in a way that leaves you with a sense of feeling guilty?
  • 5. Who feels more guilty about what?  Housekeeping such as laundry, yard work  Maintaining relationships with friends  Doing creative projects  Time alone / “you time”  Fun activities with family  Reading books or learning something new  Volunteering such as in a classroom or for an organization you care about  Health upkeep such as going for checkups, getting flu shots  Courtesies such as writing thank you cards or condolence cards  Personal grooming such as getting haircuts, moisturizing, flossing  Religious/spiritual pursuits  Unstructured time  Caring for pets  Watering/caring for plants  Exercise Women more than Men:  Going on dates or romantic activities When things get really busy in your life, which of the following do you struggle to find time for in a way that leaves you with a sense of feeling guilty? Men more than Women:
  • 6. 6 Under pressure…  Perhaps female professionals in Tallahassee feel a greater sense of pressure than male professionals when it comes to finding time to get things done, and/or  Female professionals feel more guilty about what doesn’t get done, when it doesn’t.  This isn’t the only area where men and women perceive workload or home life differently.  We’ll start with a fun one…. What might this mean?
  • 7. Which of these refrigerators looks more like your own? “Cluttered” “Clean”
  • 8. Which of these refrigerators looks more like your own? “Cluttered” = 55% “Clean” = 45% No statistical difference between portions of men and women reporting each
  • 9. But… is that how they like it? No! I don’t like my fridge with a clean front! Women: 8% Men: 8% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% No! I don’t like my fridge with a cluttered front! Women: 21% Men: 11% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30%
  • 10. So what?  Maybe so….. And more on that shortly. Does not liking how the outside of your fridge looks matter in ANY way beyond how you feel when you walk past your fridge?
  • 11. 11 Now for something a little more obviously relevant:  How much is “who does what” around the house a source of conflict between yourself and your spouse/partner? o Just 38% report that there is strong conflict. o Women slightly more likely to report that this is a “large” source of conflict, but no significant difference in portions of men and women who report low- levels of conflict. Divisions of labor… 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 50% 55% 60% 65% 70% 75% 80% 85% 90% 95% 100% Women Men Not at all Not too much Somewhat Large
  • 12. 12 Perceptions of Home Workload Split  Who manages the majority of “kid logistics” each week – yourself, the other parent, or split evenly? Perhaps this finding accounts for some of that difference: 6% 6%0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% The dad does Men Women
  • 13. 13 Perceptions of Home Workload Split  Who manages the majority of “kid logistics” each week – yourself, the other parent, or split evenly? Perhaps this finding accounts for some of that difference: 40% 54% 66% 28% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 50% 55% 60% 65% 70% The mom does Split about equally Men Women
  • 14. 14 Then there’s the workplace  First, some basic stats…. Type of workplace: o Private company: 41% o State or local government: 32% o Educational institution (K-12 or College): 14% o Non-profit company: 14%  What best describes your work week? o Standard hours with limited to no flexibility: 47% o Standard hours but with some flexibility: 37% o Lots of flexibility (such as ability to work from home or telecommute): 17% What do Tallahasseeans think of their workplaces?
  • 15. 15 Percent of employed Tallahasseeans who AGREE with the statement: “I love my job” by job characteristics: 50% 58% 63% 53% 44% 68% 66% 57% 55% State/Local Gov Education Private Company Non-Profit No Flexibility Some Flexibility Lots of Flexibility Men Women  “Some” and “Lots” of flexibility are statistically tied, both far more likely to love their jobs compared with those who have limited to no flexibility in their hours.  Private company employees are significantly more likely to love their jobs compared with government and non-profit employees.  Men and women are statistically tied.
  • 16. 16 But it appears that another factor matters as much as or MORE: “I love my job” by employer’s charitable engagement: 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% NONE OF THESE Sponsored or donated to charitable project Encouraged volunteerism Provided company resources to help a cause  The charitable engagement of one’s company matters a lot and is one of the strongest predictors of employees loving their jobs.
  • 17. 17 And then some… The charitable or volunteerism-promoting activity of companies is also significantly associated with:  % who feel they have a “good balance going between work and life”  % who report that they “like living in Tallahassee and plan to stay a while”  % who feel that “Tallahassee is a good place to build a career”  % who feel that “Tallahassee is a good place to achieve a positive work-life balance”
  • 18. 18 Let’s take a step back …
  • 19. 19 Let’s take a step back … “I love my job” and work-life balance by shoe situation:  Tallahasseeans who report that on the average workday their shoes are comfortable also report significantly greater levels of job satisfaction and positive work-life balance.  While women are DOUBLE as likely to report that their weekday shoes are uncomfortable, there are NO gender differences in the relationship between uncomfortable shoes and feeling dissatisfied with work/life. 61% 48% 39% 25% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 50% 55% 60% 65% I LOVE BY JOB GOOD WORK LIFE BALANCE COMFORTABLE SHOES UNCOMFORTABLE SHOES
  • 20. 20 Feeling stuck… Comfortable shoes are also statistically associated with one’s satisfaction living in Tallahassee: 24% 47% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 50% "I feel stuck in Tallahassee and would leave if I could" Comfortable Shoes Uncomfortable Shoes
  • 21. 21 And then some… Uncomfortable shoes are also significantly associated with:  % who report that “when I make lunch plans with a friend, there is a good chance I’ll cancel or postpone at the last moment”  % who report that most days do NOT go as expected  % who report NOT liking how the front of their fridge looks
  • 22. 22 Correlation is not causation, so…  We can’t assume that wearing uncomfortable shoes CAUSES one to feel trapped in Tallahassee, and…  Feeling trapped in Tallahassee doesn’t force one to wear uncomfortable shoes.  Therefore:  What is it about feeling trapped in one’s shoes that relates to how one feels about their job, their predictability with lunch plans with friends, the city they live in, their fridge, and so on? What’s the common underlying issue?
  • 23. 23 It seems that:  One’s sense of control over the little things in life… even as little and easily changeable as one’s shoes or the magnets on one’s fridge … is a huge determinant of one’s life satisfaction, whether in the home or in one’s job. Something about control over the little things in life…
  • 24. 24 A new hypothesis…  We began with the hypothesis that work-life balance is a function of how work factors and life factors relate to ONE ANOTHER.  Perhaps this is isn’t quite so.  Maybe work-life balance is really a function of within-work balance and within-life balance, more so than a measure of balance between the two.  Here’s how that might look… What contributes to control?
  • 25. 25 You are the fulcrum.  The sides of the scale are constantly changing weights – new projects at work, a coworker on vacation, a broken appliance at home, a child home sick from school…  If the center point – the fulcrum – is set in stone and cannot move, the weights alone determine balance.
  • 26. 26 You are the fulcrum.  Like this.
  • 27. 27 You are the fulcrum.  But if the fulcrum CAN move … balance can be maintained.
  • 28. 28 You are the fulcrum.  Your ability to move your fulcrum depends on within-work balance and/or within-life balance: o Balance WITHIN a home may be having a good division of labor on household activities or kid logistics, or even how tidy one’s fridge or living spaces are kept. o Balance WITHIN a workplace may be having an employer who offers enough flexibility where you can spend a little time volunteering or taking care of things on the home front without repercussion.
  • 29. 29 You are the fulcrum.  When the balance within one’s home, or within one’s workplace is off… that’s where dissatisfaction can really take hold.  (This is also where I am tempted to say that comfortable shoes increase one’s comfort to be mobile…. But this is about a feeling far less tangible than being able to dart out to the store on a moment’s notice wearing heels. (And a lot of women are perfectly comfortable doing just that.))
  • 30. 30 What can Tallahassee employers to do help staff become happier fulcrums? Ping pong table 24% Tetris on an old Nintendo 16% Chess board 2% Cookies 22% TV news 36% “Break Rooms” And some flexibility:  Consider what types of flexibility may be feasible in your workplace and survey employees to see what options would be most appreciated.  Consider ways to address within-work balance at times of work overflow.  Encourage volunteerism and/or consider options for giving within the community, too!
  • 31. What can Tallahassee as a city do to attract and retain happy residents? Of the following, which do you wish Tallahassee had MORE of? 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 50% Airlines Comedyclubs Publictransportation Artfestivals Recreationalactivities Musicvenues Nightlife Finediningrestaurants Adultarcades Parksortrails Specialtymedicalcare Adultsportsteams Cookingschools Clothingstores Movietheatres Adulteducationoptions Casualrestaurants Publicpools Civicengagement Dessertspots Professionalnetworkinggroups Bowlingalleys Socialclubs Supportgroups Plannedcommunities Childcareoptions Shoestores Playgrounds Fitnessclasses Karaoke Poolhalls Parades Privateschools Hotels MEN WOMEN
  • 32. What can Tallahassee as a city do to attract and retain happy residents? Let’s take airlines out of the running and look again… 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% Museums Comedyclubs Publictransportation Artfestivals Recreationalactivities Musicvenues Nightlife Finediningrestaurants Adultarcades Parksortrails Specialtymedicalcare Adultsportsteams Cookingschools Clothingstores Movietheatres Adulteducationoptions Casualrestaurants Publicpools Civicengagement Dessertspots Professionalnetworkinggroups Bowlingalleys Socialclubs Supportgroups Plannedcommunities Childcareoptions Shoestores Playgrounds Fitnessclasses Karaoke Poolhalls Parades Privateschools Hotels MEN WOMEN
  • 33. 33 And finally…. An experiment  Respondents were randomly presented with 1 of 3 pictures of Tallahassee “landmarks” while being asked about whether they like living in Tallahassee and plan to stay, or if they feel stuck in Tallahassee and would move if they could.  The pictures weren’t labeled and just appeared in the background.
  • 34. 34 “I like Tallahassee and plan to stay for a while” Cascades Park Lake Ella FSU/Seminoles ALL 79% 72% 69% Women 74% 71% 69% Men 91% 75% 70% FSU Fans 83% 78% 73% Gator Fans 79% 72% 53%
  • 35. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the one who'll decide where to go. ~Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss 35