Meetings as a positive boost? How and when meeting satisfaction impacts employee empowerment

Joseph A. Allen, Nale Lehmann-Willenbrock, Stephanie J. Sands

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Meetings constitute an important context for understanding organizational behavior and employee attitudes. Employees spend ever-increasing time in meetings and often complain about their meetings. In contrast, we explore the positive side of meetings and argue that satisfying meetings can empower rather than deplete individual employees. We gathered time-lagged data from an online sample of working adults in the U.S. As hypothesized, meeting satisfaction predicted employee empowerment, and information availability partially mediated this effect. Moreover, we found that these effects were stronger when employees participated in more meetings: Meeting demands moderated the link between meeting satisfaction and information availability as well as the positive, indirect effect of meeting satisfaction (through information availability) on psychological empowerment. Our findings underscore the relevance of workplace meetings for managing and promoting positive employee attitudes. We discuss implications for meeting science and the value of satisfying meetings as a managerial tool for promoting empowerment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4340-4347
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Business Research
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016


  • Meeting load
  • Meeting satisfaction
  • Meetings
  • Psychological empowerment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing


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