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Prev Med. 2012 Jan;54(1):65-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.10.012. Epub 2011 Oct 26.

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

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  • 1The University of Queensland, School of Human Movement Studies, St Lucia Campus, Brisbane 4072, Australia. n.gilson1@uq.edu.au

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/m(2)]) 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 ± 0:31h/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.

Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Inc.

PMID:
22056630
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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