Manager-Led Group Meetings: A Context for Promoting Employee Engagement

Joseph A. Allen, Steven G. Rogelberg

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Employee engagement is a positive, fulfilling, work-related state of mind characterized by vigor, dedication, and absorption. Using Kahn's theory of engagement, we look at an organizational context where employee engagement may be promoted-the workgroup meeting. Two time-separated Internet-based surveys were used to query a sample of working adults (N = 319). The findings provide support that the psychological conditions for engagement mediate the relationship between manager usage/facilitation of meetings and overall employee engagement. Specifically, as managers make their workgroup meetings relevant, allow for employee voice in their meetings where possible, and manage the meeting from a time perspective, employees appear poised to fully engage themselves in their work in general. The results suggest that managers can use a common workplace activity, workgroup meetings, to engage their employees when they use/facilitate meetings in an effective manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-569
Number of pages27
JournalGroup and Organization Management
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2013


  • engagement
  • group meetings
  • job attitudes
  • psychological conditions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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