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Academic Publications

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"Do We Really Need Another Meeting? The Science of Workplace Meetings" by Joseph E. Mroz, Joseph A. Allen, Dana C. Verhoeven, and Marissa L. Shuffler. Association for Psychological Science.
Meetings are routine in organizations, but their value is often questioned by the employees who must sit through them daily. The science of meetings that has emerged as of late provides necessary direction toward improving meetings, but an evaluation of the current state of the science is much needed. In this review, we examine current directions for the psychological science of workplace meetings, with a focus on applying scientific findings about the activities that occur before, during, and after meetings that facilitate success. 
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"Manager-Led Group Meetings: A Context for Promoting Employee Engagement" by Joseph A. Allen and Steven G. Rogelberg. Group & Organization Management.
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. We find that 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. 
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"Debrief: Teams Learning from Doing in Context" by Joseph A. Allen, Roni Reiter-Palmon, John Crowe, and Cliff Scott. American Psychologist.
Debriefs are a type of work meeting in which teams discuss, interpret, and learn from recent events during which they collaborated. In a variety of forms, debriefs are found across a wide range of organizational types and settings. Well-conducted debriefs can improve team effectiveness by 25%. 

Meetings in the News

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"Meetings are terrible. Can an elite team fix that?" at BBC Worklife. 
Meetings are mundane, and that’s exactly why they deserve our attention. Even the loftiest of human endeavours relies on people’s ability to come together in order to exchange information and make decisions. When those things are executed poorly, the repercussions can extend far beyond the people in the room. 
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"Being Late to Meetings Annoys Your Co-Workers, But Here's What You Can Do to Make Them Less Upset" at Inc.
"When we asked people what they thought should happen to people who came late, we were shocked to see how violent the answers were. Many respondents said they wanted to see latecomers physically punished- like, punched in the face. What's more: that feeling often lasted for more than a day after the meeting."
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"Blame your worthless workdays on meeting recovery syndrome"
in BBC Worklife.
When an employee sits through an ineffective meeting their brain power is essentially being drained away, says Joseph A Allen, a professor of occupational and environmental health at the University of Utah. Meetings sap stamina if they last too long, fail to engage employees or turn into one-sided lectures.




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