Citation Brown HE, Ryde G, Gilson ND, Burton NW & Brown WJ (2013) Objectively measured sedentary behavior and physical activity in office employees: Relationships with presenteeism. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 55 (8), pp. 945-953. https://doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0b013e31829178bf
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 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.
Journal Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: Volume 55, Issue 8
Brown, Helen E; Ryde, Gemma; Gilson, Nicholas D; Burton, Nicola W; Brown, Wendy J