Dynamic Office Workstations: Initial Insights Into User Usability Evaluations And Motivation

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Dynamic office workstations represent a promising way to address the problem of inactivity at work, as they combine light physical activity with office tasks. In order to overcome the lack of structured implementation of such devices in office environments and the difficulty of stimulating employees to engage in healthy behaviours, the aim of this study was to investigate employees’ motivation, the perceived usability (e.g., operability) and perceived and expected effects (e.g., general health expectations) regarding the use of dynamic office workstations.
Two different types of devices were made available to thirty employees (13 females; M = 43, SD = 11.51 years) for 6 weeks. Motivation of the use of workstations was assessed pre- and post-intervention and perceived usability and perceived and expected effects was assessed post-intervention through self-reported questionnaires. Descriptive statistics and Wilcoxon tests were conducted.
The employees used both devices at least 6 times during the six week period. The usability of the workstations was reported to be acceptable by the employees, as the devices did not impede their work activities. Furthermore employees reported to be autonomously motivated towards using either workstation as indicated by high scores on identified, integrated and intrinsic motivation. The findings also showed that employees expected to perceive increased health effects when using the devices.
Dynamic office workstations are suitable for daily use, especially regarding the operability. Although participants did not indicate that the workstations impeded in their work activities, other results suggest the flexible use of the workstations depending on the tasks at hand.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication32nd Conference of the EHPS - Health psychology across the lifespan : uniting research, practice and policy; 21-25 August 2018, Galway, Ireland; conference abstracts
Number of pages1
Publication date2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventAnnual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society - Galway, Ireland
Duration: 21.08.201825.08.2018
Conference number: 32

ID: 3563804

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