When to Take a Break? Exploring the Role of Peers on Sedentary Office Workers’ Resting Behaviors

Ling Qin, Xu Sun, Bingjian Liu, Luis Moreno Leyva

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For sedentary office workers, occupational sitting is a health hazard [1]. Excessive sitting, especially prolonged sitting (i.e. sitting more than one hour) without rest is highly likely to increase the risks of metabolic syndrome, obesity, cardiovascular disease and a range of other conditions, all of which cannot even be compensated for by taking exercise [2, 3]. Peer effect is a phenomenon whereby the behavior of an individual is affected by the behavior of their peers. It has been identified in the workplace with regards to wages, absenteeism and investment decision making in recent studies [4–7]. This paper contributes to the stream of research on peer effects on sedentary office workers by proposing a model to quantify the peer effects on office workers’ break behaviors, and by exploring how individual break behaviors can be affected by peers in the same workspace. In conclusion, peer effects have been detected in offices and have proved to have a marked influence on sedentary office workers’ resting behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHCI International 2019 – Late Breaking Papers - 21st HCI International Conference, HCII 2019, Proceedings
EditorsConstantine Stephanidis
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030300326
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event21st International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCII 2019 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 26 Jul 201931 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11786 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference21st International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCII 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Organizational behaviors
  • Peer effects
  • Sedentary behaviors
  • Social norms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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