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March 23, 2020

ACEC Coronavirus Impact Survey: 96 Percent of Firms Have Changed How They Work With Clients

ACEC conducted a member survey March-17-18 to determine the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on Member Firms.

Here are the key findings from the 794 firms that responded to the survey:

  • More than half (53 percent) of the respondents have 25 or fewer full-time employees and the average number of full-time employees was 23.
  • Most organizations have implemented some type of domestic travel restrictions (71 percent), most notably for training/events/conferences (66 percent) and air travel (52 percent).
  • Fewer than half of organizations (46 percent) have changed their leave policy. Most notable among these are emergency paid leave (23 percent) or unpaid leave (13 percent) for those who become sick, must self-quarantine or care for others.
  • Eight out of ten organizations have implemented some type of telework policy. The most common are allowing employees to work from home as needed (34 percent) or encouraging telework if possible (30 percent).
  • Nearly all organizations (96 percent) have implemented changes to the way they are conducting client work. Top among these are social distancing (77 percent) and virtual work (73 percent).
  • Very few organizations (4 percent) report problems with public clients due to protective measures conflicting with contract terms.
  • Roughly one-fourth of organizations (24 percent) report delays in RFPs/RFQs or awards due to COVID -19.
  • Nearly half of organizations (44 percent) report project delays or cancellations due to COVID-19.

Click here to read the complete survey results, which includes a regional breakdown for all questions.


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