- Ergonomics is defined as the study of how people work in their environment.
An example of ergonomics is a study of how people who primarily sit in their offices get work-related back injuries.
ergonomics definition by Webster's New World
Origin: erg plush (ec)onomics
ergonomics definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- (used with a sing. verb) The applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort. Also called biotechnology, human engineering, human factors engineering.
- (used with a pl. verb) Design factors, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by minimizing operator fatigue and discomfort: The ergonomics of the new office were felt to be optimal.
Origin: Greek ergon, work; see werg- in Indo-European roots + (eco)nomics.
- erˌgo·nomˈic, erˌgo·no·metˈric adjective
- erˌgo·nomˈi·cal·ly adverb
- er·gonˈo·mist noun
ergonomics - Business Definition
- The study of workers and their environment.
- The science of designing equipment and arranging the work environment so as to improve worker comfort and productivity.
ergonomics - Computer Definition
The science of people-machine relationships. An ergonomically designed product implies that the device blends smoothly with a person's body or actions.
ergonomics - Cultural Definition
The technology concerned with the design, manufacture, and arrangement of products and environments to be safe, healthy, and comfortable for human beings.
- The term is most often encountered in discussions of the design of furniture, tools, and other things built to be used by humans.
ergonomics - Investment & Finance Definition
The study of how computers, machines, office furniture, and other furnishings can be designed to prevent injuries and to make the equipment easy to use. Ergonomic chairs and keyboards are frequently seen in offices today.Webster's New World Finance and Investment Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
ergonomics - Medical Definition
ergonomics - Science Definition