This study aims to establish if there was a research stitch during the COVID-19 epidemic in terms of the notion and development of employee empowerment in the previous five years. In discovering, we combined hundreds of journals on employee empowerment published between 2018 and 2022. By examining past research, this study employs qualitative methodologies—selected sources from the Scopus data repository released in the last five years, from 2018 to 2022. The chosen article is a publication on the subject of employee empowerment. The number of publications based on keywords initially appeared to be 3,717 articles; however, after filtering, the final findings showed the number of publications to be 391. The study's findings were gathered through data analysis with VOSviewer. According to the results, 86 concepts in employee empowerment research could be classified into six groups. The finding of mapping the notion of employee empowerment is significant since it may aid in establishing a conceptual framework in subsequent studies and can lead to innovation in subsequent research. The COVID-19 pandemic has not caused publications about employee empowerment to decrease; in contrast, the level of publication has always increased and has never reduced from 2018 to 2022, even during the COVID-19 crisis.