An evidence-based workplace programme to sit less and move more: SMART Work
PHE ePoster Library. Johnson V. 09/12/19; 274489; 5
Vicki Johnson
Vicki Johnson
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Abstract Introduction
High levels of sitting are associated with poor health and wellbeing. SMART Work encourages desk-based employees to sit less whilst at work. SMART Work was tested in a randomised controlled trial (RCT) and shown to be effective in reducing sitting, reducing musculoskeletal issues and improving self-reported job performance, work engagement, occupational fatigue and sickness presenteeism. SMART Work has been ‘scaled up' for real world implementation. This process and the resulting programme will be presented. Methods: To refine and upscale SMART Work we used the process evaluation data from the RCT and focus groups and meetings with stakeholders to highlight the most useful parts of the programme, identify barriers and facilitators to the programme and implementation and ways to overcome barriers. Resources were refined and new resources created followed by three cycles of user testing. Finally a website was designed to host the programme.
Results
SMART Work consists of three resource kits: one each for Managers, Workplace Champions and Individual Employees. The main components include: 1) action plans, 2) small environmental restructuring, 3) online education, 4) monthly emails, 4) motivational posters, 5) free computer software and apps to track and prompt sitting breaks, 6) group progress sessions, and 7) sitting less challenges. SMART Work was released in April 2019 and includes tracking and surveys for implementation evaluation.
Conclusions
SMART Work was shown to be effective within a RCT and the scaled up version and the initial results of the implementation evaluation will be presented. External funding details Department of Health Policy Research Programme
Abstract Introduction
High levels of sitting are associated with poor health and wellbeing. SMART Work encourages desk-based employees to sit less whilst at work. SMART Work was tested in a randomised controlled trial (RCT) and shown to be effective in reducing sitting, reducing musculoskeletal issues and improving self-reported job performance, work engagement, occupational fatigue and sickness presenteeism. SMART Work has been ‘scaled up' for real world implementation. This process and the resulting programme will be presented. Methods: To refine and upscale SMART Work we used the process evaluation data from the RCT and focus groups and meetings with stakeholders to highlight the most useful parts of the programme, identify barriers and facilitators to the programme and implementation and ways to overcome barriers. Resources were refined and new resources created followed by three cycles of user testing. Finally a website was designed to host the programme.
Results
SMART Work consists of three resource kits: one each for Managers, Workplace Champions and Individual Employees. The main components include: 1) action plans, 2) small environmental restructuring, 3) online education, 4) monthly emails, 4) motivational posters, 5) free computer software and apps to track and prompt sitting breaks, 6) group progress sessions, and 7) sitting less challenges. SMART Work was released in April 2019 and includes tracking and surveys for implementation evaluation.
Conclusions
SMART Work was shown to be effective within a RCT and the scaled up version and the initial results of the implementation evaluation will be presented. External funding details Department of Health Policy Research Programme
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