In all of the Dashboard surveys, PCMA Convene’s goal has been to get its arms around how the industry is handling the pandemic and moving forward. This time around, it decided to get more to the point, so simply asked respondents “what best describes how you’re feeling right now”?
The most popular answer among the 400-plus planners who participated, chosen by nearly half, was “doing my best to get by.” That sentiment was shared by 36 percent of the more than 200 supplier respondents, but a more dominant feeling, chosen by 43 percent of them, was anxiety about the future (versus 40 percent of planners). Yet a larger percentage of planners identified with exhaustion and burnout than suppliers: 26 percent versus 18 percent. At the opposite end of the spectrum, 39 percent of suppliers said they were hopeful, compared to 33 percent of planners. One supplier said s/he is practicing “patience… this is a marathon, not a sprint”.
These results prove that the industry is experiencing a full range of emotions as it goes about its days, and that it continues to demonstrate grit in the face of extraordinary disruption and uncertainty.
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