Bike desks in the office: physical health, cognitive function, work engagement, and work performance

Torbeyns, Tine, de Geus, Bas, Bailey, Stephen, De Pauw, Kevin, Decroix, Lieselot, Van Cutsem, Jeroen, and Meeusen, Romain (2016) Bike desks in the office: physical health, cognitive function, work engagement, and work performance. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58 (12). pp. 1257-1263.

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Abstract

Objective:The aim of this study was to examine the longitudinal effect of implementing bike desks in an office setting on physical health, cognition, and work parameters.Methods:Physical health, cognitive function, work engagement, and work performance measured before (T0) and after (T2) the intervention period were compared between office workers who used the bike desk (IG, n=22) and those who did not (CG, n=16).

Results:The IG cycled approximately 98minutes/week. The IG showed a significantly lower fat percentage and a trend toward a higher work engagement at T2 relative to T0, while this was not different for the CG. No effects on other parameters of health, cognition, or work performance were found.

Conclusions:Providing bike desks in the office positively influences employees' fat percentage and could positively influence work engagement without compromising work performance.

Item ID: 47110
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1076-2752
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 07:32
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 100%
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