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Table 2 Questioning route used in the focus groups among employees and executives: opening and transition questions (regular), key questions (bold) and examples of sub questions (italic)

From: Acceptability and feasibility of potential intervention strategies for influencing sedentary time at work: focus group interviews in executives and employees

  O pening question
  What is your name and function within the company?
Theme 1 Personal sitting patterns
When do you usually sit on a regular work day?
Do you sit at your desk, during meetings,…?
What are the consequences of sitting at work according to you?
Do you think these are short- or long-term consequences?
Theme 2 Intervention strategies during working hours
What is your opinion on reducing and interrupting sitting time during work?
Would you be willing to stand up at your desk?
What strategies could be used to reduce or interrupt sitting time at work?
Which possibilities do you see to sit less at your desk?
Which barriers would prevent you from interrupting your sitting?
Theme 3 Intervention strategies during (lunch) breaks
Transition: What are your usual routines during (lunch) breaks?
What is your opinion on reducing or interrupting sitting time during lunch/other breaks?
Are you prepared to interrupt your sitting time during lunch? Why (not)?
What strategies could be used to reduce or interrupt sitting time during lunch/other breaks?
Which possibilities do you see to achieve a reduction in sitting during lunch?
Which barriers would prevent you from reducing your sitting during lunch time?
Theme 4 Intervention strategies during commuting - public transport
Transition: How do you normally commute to and from work?
What is your opinion on reducing or interrupting sitting time during public transport?
Would you be willing to stand during public transportation if possible?
What strategies could be used to reduce or interrupt sitting time during public transport?
How would you like to be reminded to interrupt your sitting during public transportation?
Theme 5 Overall intervention approach
Transition: Is there a health policy at your organisation and what is the content?
What would be a good approach to promote the strategies to influence sitting?
Which factors can facilitate or hinder the promotion of these strategies?
What should be the management’s role in an intervention to influence sitting time at work? (only for employees)
Would the management be prepared to implement an intervention? How can they best act?
How would you feel being the promoter of strategies to influence sitting time at work? (only for executives)
Why would you (not) promote an intervention to influence sitting time at work?