by By Sarah J.F. Braley | December 01, 2008

looking aheadWith unemployment numbers at their worst in 25 years, it's natural for everyone to be a little leery about their prospects. In an online poll conducted last month, M&C asked meeting planners about layoffs in their offices and their sense of job security. Of the 190 survey respondents, 44 percent reported recent layoffs in their organizations; of those, 46 percent said the losses affected the meetings department.

Are more layoffs coming? Thirty-nine percent said yes, 26 percent said no and 35 percent aren't sure what the future will hold.

Still, the majority of meeting planners expect to keep their jobs through the downturn. More than three-quarters (77 percent) said they feel either very secure or somewhat secure in their jobs right now, and only 12 percent were actively looking for a new position when surveyed. Fully 79 percent expect to have the same job a year from now.

Planners also are wisely tooting their own horns, with 88 percent stepping up efforts to demonstrate their value to the company's bottom line.
Morale in the cubicles is split. Forty-nine percent of respondents said the overall mood at their organizations is either extremely positive or cautiously optimistic, while 51 percent said people are somewhat or extremely concerned.


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