Townie® Poll

Economic Issues

Poll conducted from 3/20/2009 To 4/24/2009

Is your production down?
87 total votes
64%
a. Yes
36%
b. No
By what percent is your production down?
57 total votes
9%
a. Zero to five percent
11%
b. Five to 10 percent
16%
c. 10 to 15 percent
11%
d. 15 to 20 percent
23%
e. More than 20 percent
32%
f. My production is not down
How are you utilizing the open time in your schedule?
47 total votes
55%
a. Doing more marketing.
19%
b. Doing staff training.
11%
c. Reviewing office manuals and job descriptions.
15%
d. Checking message boards on Orthotown.
How have your purchasing decisions changed as a result of the economy?
56 total votes
9%
a. We have re-evaluated our current supply inventories.
4%
b. We are cutting back on new appliance purchases.
13%
c. We are not making any new equipment purchases.
39%
d. All of the above.
36%
e. It has not changed.
How are you planning to weather the economic crisis?
46 total votes
37%
a. Having staff strategy meetings.
11%
b. Reducing Staff.
48%
c. Freezing wages.
4%
d. Reducing benefits.
Where are you getting information about the economic status?
50 total votes
8%
a. Watching the stock market.
32%
b. Watching TV reports.
56%
c. Reading Financial Reports.
4%
d. Money Magazine.
What investments if any, are you considering making to increase production?
48 total votes
10%
a. Investing in new equipment.
2%
b. Investing in new appliances.
19%
c. Investing in management consulting services.
54%
d. Investing in or improving Web site.
15%
e. Other (list details below).
Have you changed work in your office due to the recession?
41 total votes
34%
a. Condensed work responsibilities.
20%
b. Eliminated outside services and included them in staff duties.
27%
c. Changed some staff from full-time to part-time.
20%
d. Changed hours and/or days of operation.
What expenses are you reducing or eliminating?
43 total votes
26%
a. Orthodontic meetings.
33%
b. Equipment expenditures.
23%
c. Outside laboratory expenses.
14%
d. Promotional product expenses.
5%
e. Other (list details below).
What are you doing about your retirement plans?
51 total votes
10%
a. Changing to all cash.
67%
b. Sitting tight for the market to recover.
14%
c. Changing my asset allocation.
10%
d. Seeking professional advice.

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