Ergonomics & Workplace Management Society [ERGOWORK] is a scientific and professional non-governmental organisation from Romania that develop good practice, educational and research activities in the ergonomics plus workplace management fields and all included or connect disciplines as: facility management, maintenance, operations and process management, human resources management, financial management, psychology / sociology of work, occupational medicine, workplace safety, interior design and architecture. ERGOWORK is member of Federation of the European Ergonomics Societies (FEES).

Derived from the Greek ergon (work) and nomos (laws) to denote the science of work, ergonomics is a systems-oriented discipline which now extends across all aspects of human activity. According with IEA and FEES ergonomics promotes a holistic approach in which considerations of physical, cognitive, social, organizational, environmental and other relevant factors are taken into account . Consequently both international association consider now three main domains of specialization:

  1. Physical ergonomics is concerned with human anatomical, anthropometric, physiological and biomechanical characteristics as they relate to physical activity.  (Relevant topics include working postures, materials handling, repetitive movements, work related musculoskeletal disorders, workplace layout, safety and health.)
  2. Cognitive ergonomics is concerned with mental processes, such as perception, memory, reasoning, and motor response, as they affect interactions among humans and other elements of a system.  (Relevant topics include mental workload, decision-making, skilled performance, human-computer interaction, human reliability, work stress and training as these may relate to human-system design.)
  3. Organizational ergonomics is concerned with the optimization of sociotechnical systems, including their organizational structures, policies, and processes. (Relevant topics include communication, crew resource management, work design, design of working times, teamwork, participatory design, community ergonomics, cooperative work, new work paradigms, virtual organizations, telework, and quality management.)

One of the recent definitions of the ergonomics is as the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the worker.

From the perspective of ERGOWORK workplace management is approached in the relation with the recently view provided by the international networks of facility management and the discipline of facility management (FM) in connection with the scientific, traditional, approach of ergonomics.

A widely accepted definition of workplace management is as the following formula:

Work(space) + Culture + Technology = Work(place)

While currently exist and a debate on the concept of workplace management in relation to the FM. From the theoretical point of view, FM definitions cover the field of workplace management (integrating people, place, processes within the built environment to improve the quality of life and organizational performance). In practice, however, FM is seen as the space and equipment maintenance. For this reason FM organizations tend to include in the name the concept of workplace management as a distinct activity in order to emphasize the strategic competence of FM activity and the emphasis placed on people, organizational culture, workplace and workspace management in relation to the global performance of organization.

Finally, we can say that if workplace management has developed mainly from the field of practitioners, ergonomics has a direction that has developed in the same direction but more from a scientific perspective.

Legal and finance details:

Name: Asociatia SEMML (legal and banking short name from “Societatea pentru Ergonomia și Managementul Mediului de Lucru”)

Address: 300133 Timisoara, Romania, Bd. Simion Barnutiu nr. 28

Tax: Code 41801596

IBAN euro: RO66 BACX 0000 0018 8209 1002, SWIFT code: BACXROBU, UniCredit Bank SA, Timisoara Branch

IBAN lei: RO93 BACX 0000 0018 8209 1001, SWIFT code: BACXROBU, UniCredit Bank SA, Sucursala Timisoara

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