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      User adoption of the Worktivity mobile app to help reduce occupational sedentary behaviour in an office environment

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      Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI)

      Human Computer Interaction Conference

      4 - 6 July 2018

      Occupational Sedentary Behaviour, Occupational Sitting, Technology Adoption, Digital Technology

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          In this paper we introduce the Worktivity mobile app as a potential solution to help reduce occupational sitting in an office environment. Worktivity functions by sending hourly reminders to stand up or move in addition to showing factual information related to the benefits of being active within the office environment. The Worktivity app was used over a period of 8 weeks by 37 participants aged between 18 and 65 years old from two private office worksites in Northern Ireland. Results demonstrated how users responded to the reminders over the duration of the study with mean acknowledgement rates of 66.06% and 51.57% when using the app and when using the app with a standing desk, respectively.

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

            Background Evidence 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. Method A 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. Results Compared 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. Conclusions Being 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.

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              July 2018
              July 2018
              : 1-3
              School of Computing

              Ulster University

              Jordanstown, UK
              Sport and Exercise Science Research


              Ulster University, Jordanstown, UK
              Centre for Health and Rehabilitation


              Ulster University

              Jordanstown, UK
              Sports, Exercise and Health Science

              Research Group

              Edinburgh Napier University

              Edinburgh, UK
              © Garcia-Constantino et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of British HCI 2018. Belfast, UK.

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              Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
              Belfast, UK
              4 - 6 July 2018
              Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
              Human Computer Interaction Conference
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