Objectively measured sedentary behaviour and physical activity in office employees: relationships with presenteeism

Brown, Helen Elizabeth, Ryde, Gemma C., Gilson, Nicholas D., Burton, Nicola W. and Brown, Wendy J. (2013) Objectively measured sedentary behaviour and physical activity in office employees: relationships with presenteeism. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 55 8: 945-953. doi:10.1097/JOM.0b013e31829178bf


Author Brown, Helen Elizabeth
Ryde, Gemma C.
Gilson, Nicholas D.
Burton, Nicola W.
Brown, Wendy J.
Title Objectively measured sedentary behaviour and physical activity in office employees: relationships with presenteeism
Journal name Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1076-2752
1536-5948
Publication date 2013-08-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31829178bf
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 55
Issue 8
Start page 945
End page 953
Total pages 9
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Language eng
Abstract Objective: Employee presenteeism is the extent to which health conditions adversely affect at-work productivity. Given the links between health and activity, this study examined associations between objectively measured physical activity, sedentary behavior, and presenteeism. Methods: Participants were 108 office employees (70% women, mean age 40.7 +/- 11.2 years). Activity was measured using ActiGraph GT3X+ accelerometers to determine sedentary (<= 150 counts) and light (151 to 1689 counts) activity; presenteeism with the Work Limitations Questionnaire. Results: Fifty-seven percent of time was spent in sedentary behavior and 38% in light activity. The median Work Limitations Questionnaire Index was 4.38; 6% of participants reported at least moderate impairment. Significant associations were reported for time spent in sedentary behavior before/after work (odds ratio [OR] = 2.58; 95% CI: 1.08 to 6.20) and in light activity, overall (OR = 0.43; 95% CI: 0.19 to 0.97) and duringworkday lunch hours (OR = 0.34; 95% CI: 0.15 to 0.77), and presenteeism. Conclusions: Future studies should seek greater variation in employee levels of activity and presenteeism to confirm these relationships.
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Objective: Employee presenteeism is the extent to which health conditions adversely affect at-work productivity. Given the links between health and activity, this study examined associations between objectively measured physical activity, sedentary behavior, and presenteeism.

Methods: Participants were 108 office employees (70% women, mean age 40.7 ± 11.2 years). Activity was measured using ActiGraph GT3X+ accelerometers to determine sedentary (<=150 counts) and light (151 to 1689 counts) activity; presenteeism with the Work Limitations Questionnaire.

Results: Fifty-seven percent of time was spent in sedentary behavior and 38% in light activity. The median Work Limitations Questionnaire Index was 4.38; 6% of participants reported at least moderate impairment. Significant associations were reported for time spent in sedentary behavior before/after work (odds ratio [OR] = 2.58; 95% CI: 1.08 to 6.20) and in light activity, overall (OR = 0.43; 95% CI: 0.19 to 0.97) and during workday lunch hours (OR = 0.34; 95% CI: 0.15 to 0.77), and presenteeism.

Conclusions: Future studies should seek greater variation in employee levels of activity and presenteeism to confirm these relationships.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, SCI
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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