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Office workers' computer use patterns are associated with workplace stressors

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Author: Eijckelhof, B.H.W. · Huysmans, M.A. · Blatter, B.M. · Leider, P.C. · Johnson, P.W. · Dieën, J.H. van · Dennerlein, J.T. · Beek, A.J. van der
Source:Applied Ergonomics, 6, 45, 1660-1667
Identifier: 513395
doi: doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2014.05.013
Keywords: Workplace · Computer break · Computer use · Upper extremity · Regression analysis · Computer use · Field studies · Input devices · Office workers · Upper extremity · Office buildings · Association · Computer · Computer mouse · Controlled study · Data processing · Exercise · Information processing · Job satisfaction · Job stress · Keyboard · Linear regression analysis · Office worker · Outcome assessment · Reward · Self report · Workload · Workplace · Work and Employment · Healthy Living · Healthy Living · WE - Work & Employment · Themalijn


This field study examined associations between workplace stressors and office workers' computer use patterns. We collected keyboard and mouse activities of 93 office workers (68F, 25M) for approximately two work weeks. Linear regression analyses examined the associations between self-reported effort, reward, overcommitment, and perceived stress and software-recorded computer use duration, number of short and long computer breaks, and pace of input device usage. Daily duration of computer use was, on average, 30 min longer for workers with high compared to low levels of overcommitment and perceived stress. The number of short computer breaks (30 s-5 min long) was approximately 20% lower for those with high compared to low effort and for those with low compared to high reward. These outcomes support the hypothesis that office workers' computer use patterns vary across individuals with different levels of workplace stressors. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd and The Ergonomics Society.