by By Allen J. Sheinman | April 01, 2010

NL Research April10  pie chartAccording to a new M&C Research poll, many meeting professionals feel that their bosses, other higher-ups and clients do not fully get what meeting planning is all about. Only 34 percent of 116 respondents think their direct supervisors "completely" understand what they do when organizing an event, while 53 percent allow they understand "to some extent" and 13 percent say their bosses simply do not fathom what their jobs entail.

When it comes to top executives of a planner's company, 18 percent of respondents say such higher-ups do fully understand the importance of what they do, and 60 percent say they understand "to some extent." On the other hand, 22 percent say the execs just don't get it.

Clients seem even hazier about a meeting planner's role, according to respondents; only 9 percent of those polled feel their clients understand the planning process, 48 percent say they get it somewhat and 43 percent say their clients are completely in the dark.

After an event, only 23 percent of respondents always get constructive feedback from their bosses, 56 percent sometimes do and 21 percent get none.  In terms of being rewarded for a job well done, 64 percent admit to patting themselves on the back, 45 percent say their boss congratulates them, 22 percent cite a celebration within their department, and 9 percent say their boss gives them a gift or bonus. Sadly, 17 percent say they get neither a reward nor congratulations.

In other findings, after a major event, 25 percent of respondents often and 30 percent sometimes experience post-meeting depression.

Despite all, 69 percent of those polled say they enjoy meeting planning; 29 percent say it's a love/hate situation and 2 percent of respondents would welcome a career change.


NL Research April10 data chart