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Industry areas of concern - March 24 vs. April 2

  • 69% (March 24) vs. 75% (April 2) concerned about the current economy
  • 61% vs. 62% concerned about achieving business goals over the next 3 months
  • 68% vs. 67% concerned about achieving business goals over the next 6 months
  • 60% vs. 65% concerned about business stability over the next 12 months
  • 54% vs. 57% concerned about supply chain interruptions
  • 60% vs. 68% concerned about friends/family becoming infected by COVID-19
  • 36% (no change) concerned about employees not showing up for work
  • 42% vs. 48% concerned about becoming personally infected by COVID-19
  • 40% (no change) concerned about skilled labor shortages
  • 24% vs. 28% concerned about IT cybersecurity with remote employees

Top actions being taken to keep employees healthy, week of 4/2/20:

  • Encouraging handwashing (81%)
  • Promoting social distancing (80%)
  • Reducing/eliminating face-to-face meetings (73%)

Anticipated workforce changes in next 3 months (4/2/20 vs. 3/24/20):

  • Lay off all employees (2%, no change)
  • Lay off some employees (25%, no change)
  • Temporarily suspend employees with pay (16% vs. 21%)
  • Temporarily suspend employees without pay (17% vs. 19%)
  • Rehire previously suspended/laid off employees (14%, no change)
  • Hire new employees (12% vs. 11%)
  • No change (30% vs. 28%)
  • Don’t know (14% vs. 17%)

Top three employee mass communication tool implementation (4/2/20 vs. 3/24/20):

  • Email (81% vs. 85%)
  • Phone calls (65% vs. 4%)
  • Text messaging (59% vs. 62%)

Top activities of greater focus today relative to 6 months ago: (4/2/20 vs. 3/24/20):

  • Incorporating additional health/safety procedures into business plans (39% vs. 38%)
  • Reading more industry publications (digital or print; 28% vs. 25%)
  • Investigating new technologies for future business applications (28% vs. 25%)
  • Attending more webinars (28% vs. 24%)
  • Learning new skills (27% vs. 23%)
  • Working on non-billable / lower-priority projects (24% vs. 1%)
  • Increasing marketing efforts to remain top of mind (20% vs. 22%)


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