NJCPA Members Weigh in on Return to In-Person Events
The NJCPA surveyed members in early February to understand their willingness to return to in-person professional events and determine when they will feel comfortable attending physical events. More than 1,500 members responded to the survey. Keep in mind that these sentiments could change as New Jersey ramps up its vaccination efforts in the coming weeks and months.
- When asked how likely it is that they will return to in-person events, 40 percent of respondents said “very likely” or “likely” and 52 percent responded “somewhat likely” or “not at all likely.” Seven percent were unsure.
- On the question of timing, 30 percent of respondents said that they will attend in-person meetings “as soon as possible.” Other respondents were more cautious, with 29 percent anticipating a return to physical events in the fourth quarter of this year, and 19 percent choosing to wait until early to mid-2022. More than 20 percent were unsure when they would return to in-person meetings.
- When asked what NJCPA events they would return to, members chose half-day seminars (63 percent), full-day seminars (47 percent), chapter events (45 percent) and the annual NJCPA Convention & Expo (25 percent).
- Before in-person meetings resume, members are likely to engage with the Society via virtual education programs (71 percent), reading New Jersey CPA magazine (51 percent) and posting on or reading the NJCPA Connect Open Forum (51 percent).
In December, the NJCPA announced that all meetings, conferences and other scheduled events will be held virtually through at least June 30, 2021. In-person events will return when feasible, but when, exactly, is contingent upon public health protocols.