Walking meeting effects on productivity and mood among white-collar workers

Hannah E. Kling, Kevin J. Moore, Debi Brannan, Alberto J. Caban-Martinez

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Abstract

Objective: Walking Meetings (WaM) have shown to be acceptable, feasible, and implementable among white-collar workers. This pilot study examines the effects of WaM on worker mood, productivity, and physical activity. Methods: Eighteen white-collar workers were recruited from a university in Florida. Participants wore accelerometers for 3 consecutive weeks. During baseline week, participants continued their normal seated meetings. In weeks 2 and 3, participants conducted one walking meeting in groups of two to three people. Results: Increased moderate occupational physical activity was correlated with increased productivity measured by decreased work time missed due to health reasons (r -0.59; P 0.03) and decreased impairment while working due to health reasons (r -0.61; P 0.02). In week 3, very vigorous physical activity was significantly correlated with negative mood (r 0.69, P 0.01). Conclusion: WaM affected worker mood and productivity and increased occupational physical activity-levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E75-E79
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume63
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Mood
  • Physical activity
  • Productivity
  • Walking meeting
  • Workplace health promotion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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