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Title: Work engagement and its association with occupational sitting time: results from the Stormont study.
Authors: Munir, Fehmidah
Houdmont, Jonathan
Clemes, Stacy A.
Wilson, Kelly
Kerr, Robert
Addley, Ken
Keywords: Sedentary lifestyle
Work engagement
Employees
Occupational health
Health behavior
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Biomed Central / © The Authors
Citation: MUNIR, F. ... et al, 2015. Work engagement and its association with occupational sitting time: results from the Stormont study. BMC Public Health, 15 (1), article 30.
Abstract: BackgroundEvidence suggests that poor health outcomes and poor work-related health outcomes such as sickness presenteeism are associated with excessive sitting at work. Studies have yet to investigate the relationship between work engagement and occupational sitting. Work engagement is considered to be an important predictor of work-related well-being. We investigated the relationship between and self-reported work engagement and high occupational sitting time in Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) office-based workers.MethodA cohort of 4436 NICS office-workers (1945 men and 2491 women) completed a questionnaire measuring work engagement and occupational sitting time. Logistic regression analyses were used to test the associations between work engagement and occupational sitting times.ResultsCompared to women, men reported lower mean occupational sitting time (385.7 minutes/day; s.d. = 1.9; versus 362.4 minutes/day; s.d. =2.5; p¿<¿.0001). After adjusting for confounding variables, men with high work engagement of vigor (OR¿=¿0.49, 95% CI 0.34-0.98) and dedication (OR 0.68 95% CI 0.47-0.98) were less likely to have prolonged sitting time. Women with high work engagement of vigor (OR¿=¿0.62, 95% CI 0.45-0.84) were also less likely to have prolonged occupational sitting times. In contrast, women with high absorption (OR¿=¿1.29, 95% CI 1.01-1.65) were more likely to have prolonged sitting times.ConclusionsBeing actively engaged in one¿s work is associated with lower occupational sitting times for men (vigor and dedication) and to a limited extent for women (vigor only). This suggests that interventions such as introducing sit-stand workstations to reduce sitting times, may be beneficial for work engagement.
Description: This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Biomed Central under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY).
Sponsor: This study was funded by a grant from the Doughty Fund of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1186/s12889-015-1427-9
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/16664
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-015-1427-9
ISSN: 1471-2458
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