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Designing Work for the Future


National Ergonomics Month Content Now Accepting Entries!

We are looking forward to National Ergonomics Month (NEM) this October! This year’s theme What Work Will We Be Doing in the Future and Beyond? wants us to image what work will look like in the future, and more importantly how will human factors and ergonomics help with designing your future?

Participate in this year’s contest by submitting a video, photo, or essay on what you envision the future of work to be and you could win $100 cash as well as be featured at the upcoming HFES International Annual Meeting!

About the Contest:

Theme: “What work will we be doing in the future and Beyond?”

  • How can Human factors and Ergonomics help with designing your future?
  • Imagine what work will look like in the future? Who will be doing what? How?

Audience: The next generation—K-12

Awards: Top 5 finalists – Cash prize ($100.00 each)

Submit:  Submit your entry by any media: written, pictures, video or social media

What to include in your submission...

  • Show and describe what the work would be.
  • What do you believe are the HFE implications?

Submit Your Entry


  • Submit entry by uploading media/links here by September 21, 2020.
  • Top 5 finalists will have their future work displayed during the virtual HFES International Annual Meeting this October
  • All entries will be peer-reviewed by NEM Committee
    • Criteria:
      • Innovative
      • HFE application
      • Responsiveness to the Call

NEM Committee:

Tristan Endsley
Gretchen Macht
Dominque Engome Tchupo
Jordan Dixon
Michelle Robertson, Chair

About National Ergonomics Month

In 2003, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society designated October of every year as National Ergonomics Month (NEM). The purpose of NEM is to create awareness of human factors and ergonomics (HF/E) through grassroots, community-based activities at colleges and universities, high schools, and corporations by providing information and services to the community.

The Goal of NEM

Promote the science, application, and profession of HF/E through:

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Networking
  • Service
  • Fun!

NEM Long-Term Vision

Introduce 10 million adults (about 3% of the U.S. population of 281.4 million) to HF/E by 2020.

Provide beneficial information on HF/E to decision-making executives.

Raise awareness about HF/E among 1.1 million students to HF/E by 2020, so they will become more aware of HF/E concerns in their chosen profession as well as become better-informed consumers.

Increase corporate relationships with HFES.

Promote the professional development of all student members and encourage them to take a more active role in organizations that represent their interests.

Been busy reaching out to the community? Submit your information for the NEM Honor Roll.

Is Human Factors included in NEM?

Yes. NEM could have been called National Human Factors and Ergonomics Month, but for convenience the shorter name is being used, and many people believe ergonomics and human factors are synonymous.

Who is NEM for?

Everyone! Educators, reporters, HFES members, students, consumers, and community, industry, and government leaders.

How do I get involved?

We encourage all visitors to participate in NEM. If you need help with any activities related to NEM, please contact Elizabeth Phillips. View the upcoming events section for possible collaboration opportunities with other events in your area, and view the past events section for inspriation for future events. Here are a few ideas for NEM events:

  • Request a speaker or NEM presentation materials.
  • Write an article for your local newspaper, newsletter, or Web site.
  • Organize an event at your office.
  • Volunteer to speak at a local school.
  • Prepare a community service project.

Use of the National Ergonomics Month or Human Factors and Ergonomics Society logo is restricted. Please contact HFES for more information.