Meeting madness: Counterproductive meeting behaviours and personality traits

Michael Yoerger, John Crowe, Joseph A. Allen, Johanna Jones

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When used effectively, workplace meetings serve as an invaluable opportunity for co-workers to achieve organisational objectives. However, meetings are often regarded as inefficient, unproductive, and a waste of time. Owing to meeting attendee frustration, there can be detrimental impact on employee wellbeing. In this paper, we examine the impact of a specific type of meeting behaviour, counterproductive meeting behaviours (CMBs), which include non-constructive criticism and complaints on perceptions of meeting effectiveness. Additionally, we explore the potential moderating influence of personality characteristics on this relationship. While meeting leaders may take great efforts in designing meetings based on good meeting practices supported by research, meeting outcomes could be largely influenced by the individual personality characteristics of meeting attendees. This research is aimed at developing a greater understanding of how individual differences, namely personality traits, play a role in meeting interactions and outcomes. Respondents completed a survey that measured CMBs, personality characteristics, and meeting effectiveness. Our findings indicate CMBs are negatively related to perceived meeting effectiveness. Additionally, the negative relationship was stronger for individuals who possess higher levels of agreeableness and stronger for individuals possessing lower levels of extraversion. We discuss implications for managers and meeting attendees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-223
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Management Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2017


  • Counterproductive meeting behaviours
  • Meeting effectiveness
  • Meetings
  • Personality
  • Workplace behaviours

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management


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