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Table 1 Questions covered during the interviews for employees and team leaders

From: Reducing occupational sitting: Workers’ perspectives on participation in a multi-component intervention

Theme: Global Satisfaction
1. How was your overall experience with the Stand Up Victoria study? (All participants)
 • How satisfied were you with your experience?
 • What were some of the positives about the experience?
 • What do you see as the physical advantage/s of standing more at work?
 • What do you see as the cultural advantage/s of standing more at work?
 • What do you see as the disadvantages of standing more at work? Are there any areas for development/improvement?
 • Do you feel that the movement improved your wellbeing/comfort? How?
 • What could be improved upon in future projects that are introducing sit/stand workstations? (Be sure to let participants know that we have no commercial interest in the workstations)
 • Did you feel that you/your team were provided with the right knowledge to allow you to stand up, sit less, and move more within your workplace?
 • Would you recommend sit-stand works stations to other teams/workplaces? Why/Why not?
Theme: Motivation and sustainability
Interviewer to bring in the strategies that they agreed on at the initial group info session
2. Thinking about your team as a whole... (Team leaders)
 • What strategies worked? Why do you think that is?
 • What did you see as the most commonly used strategy by your team? (If stated above, skip this question)
 • Are your team still using these strategies?
 • If changes were made, what is it going to take for these changes to become sustainable in your group in the long-term?
 • What didn’t work? Why do you think that they didn’t work?
 • Did you feel that your team had enough knowledge of the product to make the changes to their working position?
 • How suitable do you think your workplace is for sit/stand workstations? If not, what needs to change to make it suitable?
 • Could you see your workplace taking on any other changes now that the study is complete?
3. If you could reflect on your own individual strategies... (Employees)
 • Which ones motivated you the most to change your working position? Why do you think that was?
 • Where there any strategies that you tried that didn’t work? Why do you think that was?
 • If changes were made, what is it going to take for these changes to become sustainable in your group in the long-term?
 • Now that the study is over and your desks have been removed, are you still trying to follow the objectives of the study – standing up, sitting less, moving more?
 • How suitable do you think your workplace is for sit/stand workstations? If not, what needs to change to make it suitable?
 • Could you see your workplace taking on any other changes now that the study is complete?
Theme: Workplace Culture
4. To what extent do you feel the workplace ‘culture’ has changed to support the Stand Up Sit Less Move More messages? (All participants)
 • Did you feel you had the support of senior/upper management to make these changes within your team? Why, why not? (Team leaders only)
 • Did you feel you had the support of your team leader/upper management to make these changes at your workstation? Why, why not? (Employees only)
 • Was it an accepted norm to stand and use the workstation?
 • Did the opportunity to have a sit-stand workstation make you feel more valued as employees? (Employees only)
 • Did the sit-stand workstation make you feel more in control of your workspace? (Employees only)
5. Did you feel that the sit-stand workstation impacted on your/your team’s sense of privacy – either audio or visual privacy? (All participants)
 • Did you feel that the sit-stand workstations impacted on the sense of visual privacy of others around you? If yes, how so?
 • Did you feel that the sit-stand workstations impacted on the sense of audio privacy of others around you? If yes, how so?
6. Did managers let non-participants know about the study and the changes that were going to be made to the workplace by having the workstations installed? (Team leaders)
 • Did you witness any informal or formal negotiation between participants and non-participants with respect to the utilisation of the workstations?
 • Was there any feedback as a result of these changes to the workplace?
 • If any, were they mainly from participants or non-participants?
 • Did the increased standing infiltrate to other non-participant team members? I.e., was there a ripple effect or by-product of having others standing within your workplace?
 • Did you feel that the level of movement in general changed around the workplace during the study period? If there was a change, what impact did this have on the way in which your team worked? (positive/negative?)
Theme: Empowerment (Team leaders only)
7. As a team leader, did you feel you had a responsibility to act as a role model for the duration of the study? If so, how did you find this leadership role?
 • Do you feel that your efforts were recognised? (by management/other staff)
 • Was it a positive responsibility/role to have? If not, why?
 • Do you feel that your leadership role made a contribution to any changes that occurred in your work place? If so, how? If not, why?
Theme: Productivity
8. What did you think about the impact of the workstations on you/your team’s productivity, in terms of: (All participants)
 • Communication (between each other and clients)
 • Collaboration
 • Timeliness of task completion/ work flow