How To Fight FOMO

Here’s the bad news: the fear of missing out (FOMO) is real, and it’s even more pronounced for public affairs professionals. That’s according to yet another industry survey, this one by FiscalNote and CQ Roll Call of “600+ public affairs, government relations, public policy, corporate and external affairs, and grassroots and advocacy professionals across the country, — representing every industry in the global economy.”

The survey found that “being a leader in the public affairs space has become more challenging than ever before,” with “almost two thirds of” of respondents saying their “job was stressful or very stressful.” A deeper dive into the data illustrates exactly why:

  • 76% of participants work on teams of less than six, requiring small teams to do more with less.
  • 52% of those team members are located outside of Washington, and with more venues come more pertinent policy and regulatory issues at the international, federal, state, and local levels.
  • Nearly 60% of organizations follow more than six policy issues (and half of that 60% is covering more than 10 issues), making it difficult for small teams to “discover, monitor, and report on to internal and external stakeholders.”
  • 50% of respondents’ number one challenge in their role is “not enough time” to accomplish all their priorities, even as they expect those priorities to expand wider to cover more jurisdictions and deeper to cover more issues.
  • More than 40% fear “missing something important in legislation or regulations,” one of the top stressors identified in the survey. That fear is not surprising given that nearly 80% of respondents said they missed an occasional or significant amount of critical policy developments in the past year.

Now for the good news: you’re not alone in the operational challenges you face. Here at Delve we’re helping busy public affairs professionals do more under the constraints of today’s policy and business landscape.

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From keeping executives informed of key trends and developments relating to their issue sets at the local, state, national, and international levels, to helping them cut down their time researching and tracking events so that they can invest it in critical functions that move the needle such as outreach and engagement with internal and external stakeholders, our analyst teams serve as a force multiplier for public affairs professionals at companies and trade associations who seek to both better leverage key developments in the news to their organization’s advantage and reduce their stress.