Flexible Work: The Impact of a New Policy on Employees’ Sedentary Behavior and Physical Activity

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The aim of the study was to assess change in physical activity (PA) and sedentary behavior (SB) in office-based employees after the implementation of a flexible work policy that allowed working at home.


A total of 24 employees (62% female; 40 ± 10 years) completed an online questionnaire 4 weeks pre- and 6 weeks post-implementation of the policy. Changes in PA and SB were assessed using Wilcoxon signed rank test.


There were no changes in PA after the introduction of the flexible work policy (Z = −0.29, P > 0.05). Sitting time increased on days the employees worked at home (Z = −2.02, P > 0.05) and on days they worked at the office (Z = −4.16, P > 0.001).


A flexible work policy may have had a negative impact on sedentary behavior in this workplace. Future work is needed to explore the potential impact on workplace sitting time.

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