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EDUCATION62 . www.conference-news.co.uk . March 2012AMugarucsht While parking your car, you accidentally back into another parked car, causing some damage. Do you think it's OK just to drive off without reporting the accident? That's one of the questions from a new Integrity Test, published by the University of Essex's Centre for the Study of Integrity. I've adapted it here for the conference industry, and for conference organisers in particular. So have a go. Count up your scores (in brackets) and then read what I think your score means about you. Just consider the following actions and indicate if you think they are justifi ed or not:A. Accepting a place on a FAM trip, even though you know that you will never organise a meeting there.Never justifi ed (1); Rarely justifi ed (2); Sometimes justifi ed (3); Always justifi ed(4)The conference industry is based on trust, people who are who they say they are, and do what they say they will doHow honest are you?Rob DavidsonRob Davidson is a Senior Lecturer in Events Management at the University of Greenwich.Rob Davidson puts the conference industry's integrity to the testB. Omitting to point out to a venue that they have forgotten to charge you for an item such as bottled water.Never justifi ed (1); Rarely justifi ed (2); Sometimes justifi ed (3); Always justifi ed(4)C. Pretending that another meeting planner's ideas and costings for an event are actually your own.Never justifi ed (1); Rarely justifi ed (2); Sometimes justifi ed (3); Always justifi ed(4)D. Choosing a venue on the basis that it is paying you a higher commission than another venue that you know is more suitable for the event.Never justifi ed (1); Rarely justifi ed (2); Sometimes justifi ed (3); Always justifi ed(4)E. Claiming on a job application form that you have experience or credentials that you do not.Never justifi ed (1); Rarely justifi ed (2); Sometimes justifi ed (3); Always justifi ed(4)F. Employing casual staff and paying them less than the minimum wage. Never justifi ed (1); Rarely justifi ed (2); Sometimes justifi ed (3); Always justifi ed(4)G. Choosing an exotic destination for a conference because you personally want to visit that place, even though you know that other destinations would be more suitable.Never justifi ed (1); Rarely justifi ed (2); Sometimes justifi ed (3); Always justifi ed(4)H. Keeping a gift (say an i-Pad) given to you by a grateful venue, rather than passing it on to your employer/client.Never justifi ed (1); Rarely justifi ed (2); Sometimes justifi ed (3); Always justifi ed(4) The conference industry is based on trust, people who are who they say they are, and do what they say they will do. And if your actions don't feel right, they probably aren't.How was it for you? What did you score?8 - 12: Prepare for canonisation. You are a future patron saint of meeting planners everywhere.13 - 18: You're basically a good egg - but you can crack .19- 24: If you were working for me, I'd keep a watchful eye on you - and my personal belongings!25 - 29: Did your mother never tell you: 'Every time you tell a lie, a little fairy has to die'? The bottom of your garden must be strewn with tiny corpses.30 - 32: Who do you plan meetings for? The Mafi a? The Khmer Rouge? A Colombian drug cartel?

2012AMugarucsht 2011 . www.conference-news.co.uk . 62 ANSWERQUESTIONWhat makes Altitude London's venues so perfect for 2012?Scan this with your smart phone QR code app@altitude_360Best Unusual Venue facebook.com/altitudelondonfor Events