- noun (written as human factors engineering)the work of designing activities, facilities and systems in the workplace on the basis of an analysis of human capabilities and needs so that the workplace can be fitted to the worker and employee performance can be improved
- Also called ergonomics, or human engineering. The science dealing with the design and creation of devices, equipment, and environments which factor in the needs of its human users. That which is ergonomic, for instance, seeks to maximize comfort, posture, safety, and ease of use. Its abbreviation is HFE.