Flexible work: The impact of a new policy on employees’ sedentary behaviour and physical activity

Olsen, Heidi M and Brown, Wendy J. and Kolbe-Alexander, Tracy and Burton, Nicola W. (2017) Flexible work: The impact of a new policy on employees’ sedentary behaviour and physical activity. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 60 (1). pp. 23-28. ISSN 1076-2752

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Objective: To assess change in physical activity (PA) and sedentary behaviour (SB) in office-based employees following the implementation of a flexible work policy which allowed working at home.
Methods: 24 employees (62% female; 40+10years) completed an online questionnaire four weeks pre- and six weeks post- implementation of the policy. Changes in PA and SB were assessed using Wilcoxon signed-ranks test.
Results: There were no changes in PA following the introduction of the flexible work policy (Z= -.29, p>.05). Sitting time increased on days the employees worked at home (Z= -2.02, p>.05) and on days they worked at the office (Z= -4.16, p>.001).
Conclusions: Flexible work policies may have a negative impact on sedentary behaviour. Future work is needed to confirm the increases in workplace sitting time and determine appropriate interventions for this new work environment.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Access to pre-print version is in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2018 06:08
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 03:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: flexible work, physical activity, sedentary behaviour
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health
C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920505 Occupational Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001190
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33227

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