The Introduction of an Active Rest Program by Workplace Units Improved the Workplace Vigor and Presenteeism Among Workers: A Randomized Controlled Trial

J Occup Environ Med. 2017 Dec;59(12):1140-1147. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001121.


Objective: The present study was designed to examine the effects of active rest by workplace units on not only workers' individual vigor but also workplace vigor and presenteeism.

Methods: A total of 130 workers performed our active rest (short-time exercise) program for 10 minutes per day during their lunch breaks, three to four times per week for 8 weeks. Subjects from a workplace unit were randomly allocated to the intervention (n = 66) or control (n = 64) groups. The participants' work engagement and Work Functioning Impairment Scale (WFun) were examined at the baseline and after the 8-week intervention period.

Results: After 8 weeks, the intervention group showed improved "vigor" values in work engagement and WFun (P < 0.05).

Conclusion: These results suggest that the introduction of active rest program by workplace units provides a viable means for improving workplace vigor and presenteeism.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anthropometry
  • Efficiency
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Exercise / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Mental Health
  • Middle Aged
  • Presenteeism / statistics & numerical data*
  • Rest
  • Work Engagement*
  • Workplace / psychology*