The impact of activity based working (ABW) on workplace activity, eating behaviours, productivity, and satisfaction

Arundell, Lauren, Sudholz, Bronwyn, Teychenne, Megan, Salmon, Jo-Ann, Hayward, Brooke, Healy, Genevieve N. and Timperio, Anna 2018, The impact of activity based working (ABW) on workplace activity, eating behaviours, productivity, and satisfaction, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 1-16, doi: 10.3390/ijerph15051005.

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Title The impact of activity based working (ABW) on workplace activity, eating behaviours, productivity, and satisfaction
Author(s) Arundell, LaurenORCID iD for Arundell, Lauren
Sudholz, Bronwyn
Teychenne, MeganORCID iD for Teychenne, Megan
Salmon, Jo-AnnORCID iD for Salmon, Jo-Ann
Hayward, Brooke
Healy, Genevieve N.
Timperio, AnnaORCID iD for Timperio, Anna
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 15
Issue number 5
Article ID 1005
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2018-05-17
ISSN 1660-4601
Keyword(s) activity-based working
eating behaviours
sedentary behaviour
work environment
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Summary The redesign of the physical workplace according to activity-based working (ABW) principles has potential to influence employee health and workplace outcomes. This natural experiment examined changes in accelerometer-derived workplace activity, self-reported eating behaviours, productivity, workplace satisfaction before (March to November 2014) and six to nine months after moving to an ABW workplace compared to a comparison workplace (n = 146 at baseline (56% ABW, aged 40.1 ± 8.5 years, 72% female). Interviews were also conducted with 21 ABW participants. Between- and within-group differences were examined and mixed model analysis examined intervention effects over time. Effect sizes were calculated on change scores (Cohen's d). Although not statistically significant, ABW participants had meaningful improvements in workday sedentary time, light-, and moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity, job satisfaction and relationship with co-workers (d = 0.379⁻0.577), and small declines in productivity (d = 0.278). There were significant, meaningful, and beneficial intervention effects on perceived organisational support for being active in the workplace, frequency of eating lunch with colleagues, and satisfaction with the physical environment in ABW compared to comparison participants (d = 0.501⁻0.839). Qualitative data suggested that ABW employees associated ABW with greater opportunities for movement and collaboration, but had mixed views on the impact on productivity. Future research with larger samples and over longer follow-up periods is warranted.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph15051005
Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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