A brief self-directed intervention to reduce office employees’ sedentary behaviour in a flexible workplace

Olsen, Heidi M. and Brown, Wendy J. and Kolbe-Alexander, Tracy and Burton, Nicola W. (2018) A brief self-directed intervention to reduce office employees’ sedentary behaviour in a flexible workplace. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 60 (10). pp. 954-959. ISSN 1076-2752


Objective: To assess changes in employees’ sedentary behaviour following a brief self directed intervention in a flexible workplace. Methods: 30 employees (69% female; 39.5±9 years) completed an online questionnaire before and after a six-week intervention. The intervention comprised one group-based action planning session, using a smart activity tracker for self-monitoring, weekly email reminders and a healthy living seminar. Results: Total self-reported sitting time (including occupational and non-occupational
sitting) decreased non-significantly on days when working at the office (MΔ = -56mins/day, 95% CI -128.5, 17.0) and increased non-significantly when working at home (MΔ = 20.5mins/day, 95%CI -64.5, 105.5). The program had high acceptability in this participant group. Conclusions: Brief self-directed interventions using activity tracker devices show promise and may be highly acceptable in a flexible workplace. Additional strategies may be needed to create change in sedentary behaviour.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version embargoed 1 November 2019 (12 months), 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 2019 02:09
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 01:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: workplace; physical activity; sedentary behaviour;
Fields of Research : 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
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001389
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34644

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