"It's not an obvious issue is it?" Office-based employees' perceptions of prolonged sitting at work: a qualitative study

Stuart W. Flint, Helen Crank, Garry Tew, Simon Till

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Abstract

Objective: Current UK workplace health promotion guidance recommends that employers minimise sedentary behaviours but understanding the issues relating to prolonged workplace sitting has received little empirical attention. This study aimed to explore employees' perceptions of sitting time. Methods: Participants at a small to medium sized UK company were invited to join one of five focus groups. A framework analysis approach was used. Results: Self-reported mean estimate of occupational sitting time was 6.4 hours/day with a mean estimate of leisure time sitting 6.5 hours/non-work days. The study highlighted employees' lack of appreciation of the health risks associated with sedentary behaviour. Conclusions: This study has highlighted that in addition to personal determinants, the workplace environment and organisational culture have a key role in supporting employees' potential adoption of healthier sitting behaviour in the workplace.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1161-1165
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume59
Issue number12
Early online date1 Aug 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

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