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Participate or Else!: The Effect of Participation in Decision-Making in Meetings on Employee Engagement
Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research
  • Michael Yoerger, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • John Crowe, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Joseph A. Allen, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
3-1-2015
Abstract

In the scope of organizational life, few events are as universal or as influential as workplace meetings. In this study, we focused our attention on better understanding the relationship between meetings processes and post-meeting outcomes. More specifically, we investigated the relationship between participation in decision-making in meetings (PDM) and employee engagement, after controlling for the impact of meeting size and other demographic variables. We examined this from a theoretical perspective, providing particular consideration to the underlying basis of social exchange theory and norms of reciprocity at work in this relationship. Using a sample of working adults in the United States who were employees of organizations and attend meetings regularly, we found that PDM in meetings is related to employee engagement, even after controlling for job level, meeting size, tenure, and age. Additionally, perceived supervisor support moderates the relationship between PDM in meetings and employee engagement, such that the positive relationship is stronger when perceived supervisor support is high. Furthermore, meeting load also moderates the relationship between PDM in meetings and employee engagement, such that the positive relationship is stronger when meeting load is high. This study is unique in its examination of how characteristics of the meeting setting may influence post-meeting outcomes such as employee engagement. Taken together, the findings suggest that PDM is associated with employee engagement, under certain conditions that are discussed.

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© 2015 American Psychological Association. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record. The published version of this article can be found at http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/cpb/67/1/65/.

Citation Information
Michael Yoerger, John Crowe and Joseph A. Allen. "Participate or Else!: The Effect of Participation in Decision-Making in Meetings on Employee Engagement" Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research Vol. 67 Iss. 1 (2015) p. 65 - 80
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/joseph_allen/47/