Effect of Active Workstation on Energy Expenditure and Job Performance: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

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Chunmei Cao
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Background:

Recently developed active workstation could become a potential means for worksite physical activity and wellness promotion. The aim of this review was to quantitatively examine the effectiveness of active workstation in energy expenditure and job performance.

Methods:

The literature search was conducted in 6 databases (PubMed, SPORTDiscuss, Web of Science, ProQuest, ScienceDirect, and Scopuse) for articles published up to February 2014, from which a systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted.

Results:

The cumulative analysis for EE showed there was significant increase in EE using active workstation [mean effect size (MES): 1.47; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.22 to 1.72, P < .0001]. Results from job performance indicated 2 findings: (1) active workstation did not affect selective attention, processing speed, speech quality, reading comprehension, interpretation and accuracy of transcription; and (2) it could decrease the efficiency of typing speed (MES: –0.55; CI: –0.88 to –0.21, P < .001) and mouse clicking (MES: –1.10; CI: –1.29 to –0.92, P < .001).

Conclusion:

Active workstation could significantly increase daily PA and be potentially useful in reducing workplace sedentariness. Although some parts of job performance were significantly lower, others were not. As a result there was little effect on real-life work productivity if we made a good arrangement of job tasks.

Cao (caocm@tsinghua.edu.cn) is with the Dept of Physical Education, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Liu is with the Dept of Psychology, Peking University, Beijing, China. Zhu is with the Dept of Kinesiology and Community Health, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ma is with the Institute of Physical Education, Xinjiang Normal University, Urumqi, China.

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