Treadmill workstations: The effects of walking while working on physical activity and work performance

Avner Ben-Ner, Darla J. Hamann, Gabriel Koepp, Chimnay U. Manohar, James Levine

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Abstract

We conducted a 12-month-long experiment in a financial services company to study how the availability of treadmill workstations affects employees′ physical activity and work performance. We enlisted sedentary volunteers, half of whom received treadmill workstations during the first two months of the study and the rest in the seventh month of the study. Participants could operate the treadmills at speeds of 0-2 mph and could use a standard chair-desk arrangement at will. (a) Weekly online performance surveys were administered to participants and their supervisors, as well as to all other sedentary employees and their supervisors. Using within-person statistical analyses, we find that overall work performance, quality and quantity of performance, and interactions with coworkers improved as a result of adoption of treadmill workstations. (b) Participants were outfitted with accelerometers at the start of the study. We find that daily total physical activity increased as a result of the adoption of treadmill workstations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere88620
JournalPloS one
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 20 2014

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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