Personal lifestyle as a resource for work engagement

J Occup Health. 2017 Jan 24;59(1):17-23. doi: 10.1539/joh.16-0167-OA. Epub 2016 Nov 22.


Objectives: Personal lifestyle, including diet, exercise, and sleep, might have an impact on work engagement, though previous studies have not focused on these relationships. The aim of this study was to examine whether dietary intake of fish, regular exercise, sufficient sleep, abstinence from alcohol, and abstinence from tobacco were positively associated with work engagement.

Methods: We recruited adults aged 40-74 years who attended the health checkups with a particular focus on the metabolic syndrome in central Tokyo. In December 2015, 797 people responded to a questionnaire and 592 (74.3%) who had regular jobs were selected for this study. Work engagement was assessed on the 9-item Utrecht Work Engagement Scale (UWES-9). Bivariate and multivariate regression analyses were performed to examine the relationships between lifestyle and UWES-9.

Results: Dietary intake of fish, regular exercise, sufficient sleep, and abstinence from tobacco were significantly correlated with the total UWES-9 score, even after adjusting for age, sex, and depressive and anxiety symptoms. The results suggested a dose-response relationship between dietary fish intake and work engagement.

Conclusions: Dietary fish intake, regular exercise, sufficient sleep, and abstinence from tobacco might be lifestyle factors that can serve as resources for work engagement. These findings could be useful in motivating employees to make lifestyle improvements and convincing employers and managers that lifestyle is important not only for health but also for productivity.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alcohol Drinking
  • Animals
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Diet / methods
  • Diet / psychology*
  • Efficiency
  • Exercise / psychology*
  • Feeding Behavior / psychology
  • Female
  • Fishes
  • Humans
  • Life Style*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Regression Analysis
  • Seafood
  • Sleep*
  • Smoking
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tokyo
  • Work / psychology*