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Survey: More Than Half of NJ Business Leaders Ready To Attend In-Person Events

by ROI-NJ Staff, New Jersey

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The New Jersey business community may be slowing its return to the office—but its willingness to return to in-person networking events remains high, according to a recent New Jersey Chamber of Commerce/ROI-NJ poll.

The survey, conducted during the last week of August, found that more than 57% of respondents were either “highly likely” or “somewhat likely” to attend an event being held that day. Only slightly more than one in four (29%) said they would be “highly unlikely” or “somewhat unlikely” to attend. Of those responding, 13% said they were “not sure.”

The six-question survey provided a number of insights, including:

• 56% of those surveyed are ready to attend events now—and an additional 15% feel they will be ready 2-3 months from now. Only 1% said they will need more than a year to feel comfortable

• Three of five surveyed (61%) said their company does not have a policy regarding attendance at in-person events. Only 3% said their company restricts attendance

• Just over 50% (53%) said they would like proof of vaccination required to attend an event; 51% said they would like masking guidelines to be in place for events

• Just under one in four (24%) said they do not need any restrictions in place to be willing to attend an event

The survey was answered by 150 business leaders.

Here’s a complete look at the results:

If today you were invited to an in-person business networking event, what are the chances you would attend?

• Highly likely: 39%

• Somewhat likely: 18%

• Not sure: 13%

• Somewhat unlikely: 11%

• Highly unlikely: 18%

If today you were invited to attend an in-person business networking event, in what timeframe would you consider attending?

• Now: 56%

• 2-3 months: 15%

• 3-6 months: 15%

• 6-12 months: 13%

• More than 12 months: 1%

Does your business have a policy with regard to attending in-person events?

• Yes, it restricts attendance: 3%

• Yes, it provides guidelines for attending: 27%

• No: 61%

• Don’t know: 8%

If you were invited to a business networking event, and your business allowed attendance, under what conditions would you consider attending (check all that apply)?

• Social distancing: 38%

• Masking: 51%

• Proof of vaccination: 53%

• Complete clearance from N.J. Dept. of Health: 13%

• Complete clearance from CDC: 13%

• Temperature check: 26%

• No conditions needed: 24%

Does your business host networking events?

• Yes: 46%

• No: 54%

If your business hosts events, when is the next one planned for?

• Next 3 months: 24%

• 3-6 months: 9%

• 6-12 months: 5%

• Next 12-24 months: 2%

• Already has hosted an event: 20%

• Has no plans to host event: 30%

• Don’t know: 10%