Title

Occupational Sitting and Work Engagement Among University Employees

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-24-2021

Department

Kinesiology

School

Kinesiology and Nutrition

Abstract

This study sought to determine the relationship between occupational sitting and work engagement among university employees.

Participants: Participants included 103 university employees (age: 48.5 ± 10.4 years, 80% female, 77% staff).

Methods: Participants completed an online survey based on the Utrecht Work Engagement Survey (UWES) and the Occupational Sitting and Physical Activity Questionnaire (OSPAQ). The UWES assessed elements of work engagement. The OSPAQ assessed time spent sitting, standing, walking, and in heavy labor during a workday.

Results: Compared to staff members, faculty members self-reported less time seated during the workday (373.8 ± 109.7 min/day vs. 321.1 ± 97.3 min/day, p = 0.03). Work engagement was comparable among faculty and staff members (vigor: p = 0.44; absorption: p = 0.68; dedication: p = 0.71). Associations of work engagement with occupational sitting were not significant.

Conclusions: These pilot findings suggest that university staff tend to engage in more occupational sitting compared to faculty. Being absorbed and engaged at work is not associated with occupational sitting.

Publication Title

Journal of American College Health

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