The Effect of Flooring on Office Workers' Health and Behaviors


About this study

In the current study, we investigate three typesof flooring design as ergonomic interventions to decrease occupational sedentary behavior and improve health-related factors among office workers. Specifically, our primary outcomes of interest include occupational patterns of physical activity levels, sedentary behaviors, momentary ratings of fatigue (i.e., tiredness or weariness), and momentary ratings of physical discomfort. Our secondary outcome of interest is to examine the relationship between health factors (i.e., sleep quality, stress, fatigue, and musculoskeletal health) and patterns of occupational PA, SB, fatigue, and comfort among office workers. We propose to incorporate flooring that has similar properties to anti-fatigue mats, and may result in reduced discomfort associated with standing, which may lead to a reduction in occupational sedentary behavior.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria: - Ability to provide informed consent - Must be adults between the ages of 18 and 60 - Ability to relocate to the Well Living Lab for 9 consecutive weeks - Full-time Mayo Clinic employees (35+ hours per week) - Report working a sedentary job (e.g., sit for >= 50% of their work time). - Have a working mobile phone that can receive text messages - Must be present for 80% of the study (minimum of 4 days per week) Exclusion Criteria: - Individuals who are shift-workers - Individuals diagnosed with vascular diseases (i.e., Raynaud''s disease, peripheral artery disease, etc.) - Individuals with diagnosed neurological and psychiatric disorders that may have physical limitations - Drug (illegal or prescription narcotic), nicotine, or alcohol dependency - Women who are lactating, pregnant or intend to become pregnant during the duration of the study - Individuals who are taking medications (either prescribed or over-the-counter) which may affect comfort levels (e.g., opiate based medications) - Working in occupation requiring standing/stepping >50% of work time - Report < 1 year at current job - Hospitalization from either a physical or mental disorder in the past six months - History of cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, neurological, or orthopedic limitations that would prohibit occupational physical activity (e.g., standing, stepping, etc.)

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Kenton Kaufman, Ph.D.

Closed for enrollment

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