A Brief Self-Directed Intervention to Reduce Office Employees’ Sedentary Behavior in a Flexible Workplace

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Abstract

Objective:

The aim of the study was to assess changes in employees’ sedentary behavior after a brief self-directed intervention in a flexible workplace.

Methods:

A total of 30 employees (69% female; 39.5 ± 9 years) completed an online questionnaire before and after a 6-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 nonoccupational sitting) decreased nonsignificantly on days when working at the office (MΔ = −56 min/d, 95% confidence interval [CI], −128.5 to 17.0) and increased nonsignificantly when working at home (MΔ = 20.5 min/d, 95% CI, −64.5 to 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 behavior.

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