Saskatoon and Region

workplace survey shr data

Demographics

Summary: Overall the sample is mostly white, above median income, and highly educated. This is typical of a sample of hospital employees.

 Gender

Question: What is your gender?

The sample is heavily overrepresented by women. This is typical of most research using convenience samples.

 Education

Question: What is the highest level of education you have completed?

The sample is highly educated compared to the general population with the majority completing college or university.

 Income

Question: What is your total annual household income?

The sample is high income compared to the general population. Median household income in Saskatchewan in 2014 was $80,010 per year.

 Ethnicity

Question: Please indicate your ethnicity

The sample is not ethnically diverse. This is consistent with Saskatchewan as a whole. In 2011 6.3% of the population were visible minorities, and 12% were First Nations.

Health Behaviours

Summary: Overall the sample engages in positive health behaviours. Alcohol consumption and smoking are low. However, the majority of the sample does not meet guidelines for fruit and vegetable consumption or physical activity, and spends more than 5 hours a day sedentary.

 Self-Rated Health

Question: Compared to others your age, how would you rate your health?

 Alcohol Consumption

Question: Compared to others your age, how would you rate your health?

The sample is below the guidelines for alcohol consumption which recommend no more than two drinks a day for women, and three drinks a day for men.

 Smoking

Question: Think about the last month (30 days). On the days that you smoked, on average how many cigarettes did you usually smoke?

 Stress

Question: In the past 12 months, would you say that most days at work were...

 Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

The majority of staff do not meet the current Health Canada Guidlines of 7 to 8 fruits and vegetables per day for women, and 8-10 fruits and vegetables for men. Only 8 staff regardless of gender meet the guidelines. The majority of staff report consuming 4 to 5 fruits and vegetables per day.

 Physical Activity

Self-Report Physical Activity

According to self-report, the majority of staff meet the current CSEP physical activity guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week. However, the number of people meeting guidelines based on self-report physical activity has decreased over time.

Self-Report Sedentary Behaviour

There are no current sedentary time guidelines in Canada. We used 9 hours per day of sedentary time, the average from the Canadian Health Measures Survey, to create cut points for sedentary time. According to self-report the majority of staff sit more than 5 hours per day, but sedentariness decreased over time.

Accelerometer Measured Physical Active over Time


There was no change in accelerometer measured physical activity over time. The majority of respondents do not meeting physical activity guidelines of 150 minutes per week.

Accelerometer Measured Sedentary Behaviour over Time


There was a significant decrease in accelerometer measured sedentary behaviour over time. Even with the decrease, the majority of people spend more than 5 hours per day sitting.

There is a big mismatch between self-report and accelerometer measured sedentary behaviour. At time 1 (2013) staff reported not being sedentary but accelerometer data showed they were. However, at time 2 (2014) staff reported not being sedentary and the accelerometer data supported their self-reported numbers.

Accelerometer Measured Physical Active and Sedentary Behaviour


In 2014, the scatter plot of accelerometer measured physical activity by sedentary time shows that the biggest health gains for SHR staff would be made by increasing physical activity. We want the points to be in the upper left hand corner, both not sedentary and active.

in motion

Summary: The majority of the sample does not use in motion for physical activity planning. They are varied on whether in motion is meeting it's goal and in motion has not changed their personal physical activity behaviours.

Use of in motion

in motion Meeting it's Goal

Question: In 1999, Saskatoon Health Region developed a comprehensive, community-wide active living strategy focusing on physical activity. The goal of in motion is to have all citizens of Saskatoon and the surrounding Region make regular physical activity part of their daily lives. Does in motion meet it's goal?

in motion Messaging

Question: Have the messages from in motion increased your awareness of how physical activity can benefit your health?

in motion Physical Activity

Question: Has in motion changed your behaviour in any way?

Worksite Engagement Programs

Summary: Overall the sample is positive and opinions have not changed between 2013 and 2014 about the workplace environment.

Worksite Engagement Programs

Higher value means more positive perception of the workplace engagement. The lowest value is 1 and highest value is 4

Worksite Healthiest You

Summary: Overall the sample is positive and opinions have not changed between 2013 and 2014 about workplace Healthiest You resources.

Worksite Healthiest You

Higher value means more positive perception of the workplace Healthiest You resources. The lowest value is 1 and highest value is 4

Worksite Transportation

Summary: Overall the sample is positive about the walking environment around the workplace. Respondents are less positive, compared to walking, about public transit and parking around their workplace.

Workplace elements that support walking

Higher value means more positive perception of walking. The lowest value is 1 and highest value is 4

Worksite elements that support public transit use

Higher value means more positive perception of the public transit system. The lowest value is 1 and highest value is 4

Worksite elements that support parking

Higher values means more negative perception of the parking environment. Lower values mean that people are positive toward active and public transportation. The most positive value is 1 the most negative value is 4.


This evaluation was conducted by the Health Promotion Department with SHR Operational Approval and funding from the Community Initiatives Fund.