Longitudinal relationship between sitting time on a working day and vitality, work performance, presenteeism, and sickness absence

Ingrid J.M. Hendriksen, Claire M. Bernaards, Wouter M. P. Steijn, Vincent H. Hildebrandt

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the longitudinal relationship between sitting time on a working day and vitality, work performance, presenteeism, and sickness absence.

METHODS: At the start and end of a five-month intervention program at the workplace, as well as 10 months after the intervention, sitting time and work-related outcomes were measured using a standardized self-administered questionnaire and company records. Generalized linear mixed models were used to estimate the longitudinal relationship between sitting time and work-related outcomes, and possible interaction effects over time.

RESULTS: A significant and sustainable decrease in sitting time on a working day was observed. Sitting less was significantly related to higher vitality scores, but this effect was marginal (b = -0.0006, P = 0.000).

CONCLUSIONS: Our finding of significant though marginal associations between sitting time and important work-related outcomes justifies further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)784-789
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume58
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

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