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Work engagement and its association with occupational sitting time: results from the Stormont study.

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posted on 04.02.2015, 16:05 by Fehmidah MunirFehmidah Munir, Jonathan Houdmont, Stacy ClemesStacy Clemes, Kelly Wilson, Robert Kerr, Ken Addley
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.

Funding

This study was funded by a grant from the Doughty Fund of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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BMC public health

Volume

15

Issue

1

Pages

30 - ?

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.

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Biomed Central / © The Authors

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ by/4.0/

Publication date

2015

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Biomed Central under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY).

ISSN

1471-2458

eISSN

1471-2458

Language

en