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Taking a stand for office-based workers' mental health: the return of the microbreak


Mainsbridge, C and Cooley, D and Dawkins, S and de Salas, K and Tong, J and Schmidt, MW and Pedersen, SJ, Taking a stand for office-based workers' mental health: the return of the microbreak, Frontiers in Public Health, 8 Article 215. ISSN 2296-2565 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2020 Mainsbridge, Cooley, Dawkins, de Salas, Tong, Schmidt and Pedersen. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.3389/fpubh.2020.00215


There is evidence that movement-based microbreaks can improve the cardiovascular health of desk-based employees, but their effect on mood states is yet to be investigated. As daily work tasks can potentially result in the loss of physical and psychological resources, the objective of this study was to measure the effect of movement microbreaks during formal work time on mood states. In a randomized-controlled pilot study with repeated measures (baseline, post-test, washout) of self-reported job stress and mood states (fatigue and vigor), police officers (N = 43) were exposed to movement microbreaks during work hours. A multivariate significant difference between groups was noted after the intervention period. Further analysis revealed that the experimental group reported a latent reduction in job-related stress after the 3-months washout period. Although the study was conducted with a small sample, our preliminary findings suggest that interrupting sedentary work with movement microbreaks may have beneficial effects on employee mental health. The implications of movement microbreaks for mitigating work-related stress of first responders, including police, is discussed, along with directives for future research.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:occupational health, mental health, microbreaks, job stress, prolonged sitting
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Health promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Mainsbridge, C (Mr Casey Mainsbridge)
UTAS Author:Dawkins, S (Dr Sarah Dawkins)
UTAS Author:de Salas, K (Associate Professor Kristy de Salas)
UTAS Author:Schmidt, MW (Mr Matthew Schmidt)
UTAS Author:Pedersen, SJ (Dr Scott Pedersen)
ID Code:139387
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-06-12
Last Modified:2021-08-25
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