Does the use of standing 'hot' desks change sedentary work time in an open plan office?

Gilson, Nicholas D., Suppini, Alessandro, Ryde, Gemma C., Brown, Helen E. and Brown, Wendy J. (2012) Does the use of standing 'hot' desks change sedentary work time in an open plan office?. Preventive Medicine, 54 1: 65-67. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.10.012

Author Gilson, Nicholas D.
Suppini, Alessandro
Ryde, Gemma C.
Brown, Helen E.
Brown, Wendy J.
Title Does the use of standing 'hot' desks change sedentary work time in an open plan office?
Journal name Preventive Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0091-7435
Publication date 2012-01-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.10.012
Volume 54
Issue 1
Start page 65
End page 67
Total pages 3
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO, U.S.A.
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: This study assessed the use of standing ‘hot’ desks in an open plan office and their impact on sedentary work time.

Method: Australian employees (n = 11; 46.9 [9.8] years; BMI 25.9 [3.5 kg/m2]) wore an armband accelerometer for two consecutive working weeks (November–December 2010). In the second week, employees were encouraged to use a pod of four standing ‘hot’ desks to stand and work as often as possible. Desk use was recorded using time logs. The percentages of daily work time spent in sedentary (< 1.6 METs), light (1.6–3.0 METs) and moderate + (> 3 METs) intensity categories were calculated for each week, relative to the total daily time at work. Paired sample t tests were used to compare weekly differences.

Results: Employees spent 8:09 ± 0:31 h/day at work and ‘hot’ desk use ranged from zero to 9:35 h for the week. There were no significant changes in mean time spent in sedentary (difference of − 0.1%), light (difference of 0.8%) and moderate + (− 0.7%) intensity categories. However, individual changes in sedentary work time ranged from − 5.9 to 6.4%.

Conclusions: Volitional use of standing ‘hot’ desks varied and while individual changes were apparent, desk use did not alter overall sedentary work time in this sample.
Keyword Standing desks
Sedentary work time
Open plan office
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 26 October 2011.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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