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    Evaluation of a natural workspace intervention with active design features on movement, interaction and health

    Munir, F. and Yarker, Jo and Duckworth, J. and Chen, Y. and Brinkley, A. and Varela-Mato, V. and Lewis, Rachel and Clemes, S. (2021) Evaluation of a natural workspace intervention with active design features on movement, interaction and health. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation 70 (4), pp. 1229-1241. ISSN 1051-9815.

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    Abstract

    BACKGROUND: There is increasing focus on designing workspaces that promote less sitting, more movement and interaction to improve physical and mental health. OBJECTIVE: This study evaluates a natural intervention of a new workplace with active design features and its relocation to a greener and open space. METHODS: An ecological model was used to understand how organisations implement change. Pre and post survey data from 221 matched cases of workers and accelerometery data (n = 50) were analysed. RESULTS: Results show a decrease in occupational sitting (-20.65 mins/workday, p = 0.001) and an increase in workplace walking (+5.61 mins/workday, p = 0.001) using survey data, and accelerometery data (occupational sitting time: –31.0 mins/workday, p = 0.035, standing time: +22.0 mins/workday, p = 0.022, stepping time: +11.0 mins/workday, p = 0.001). Improvements in interaction, musculoskeletal pain and mental health were reported. CONCLUSIONS: Application of the ecological model shows that the organisation understands how to target the built environment and social/cultural environment but not how to target behaviour change at the individual level.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
    Depositing User: Rachel Lewis
    Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2021 12:28
    Last Modified: 14 Jun 2022 17:50
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/44298

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