What is it about?

Although activity trackers are becoming more popular, little is known whether this new technology qualifies to improve employees’ health. To evaluate this promising new technology, we conducted a study testing a workplace intervention applying activity trackers (behavioral approach) along with an online coach (cognitive approach).

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Why is it important?

Our findings showed that the intervention was not effective in improving work-related well-being (i.e. burnout and vigor). Contrary, employees perceived their health better after the intervention and showed a decrease in body mass index. These effects were stable over time 3 months after the intervention for health perception and 1 year after the intervention for body mass index. Thus, our study showed that activity tracker together with an online coach are an interesting technology for occupational health promotion.

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This page is a summary of: Improving employees’ work-related well-being and physical health through a technology-based physical activity intervention: A randomized intervention-control group study., Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, September 2019, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/ocp0000169.
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