The Work and Workplace Analysis in an Elderly Centre for Agility Improvement

TitleThe Work and Workplace Analysis in an Elderly Centre for Agility Improvement
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLopes, A.
Secondary AuthorsAbdelnour-Nocera, J., B. R. Barricelli, A. Lopes, P. Campos, and T. Clemmensen
Book TitleHuman Work Interaction Design. Work Analysis and Interaction Design Methods for Pervasive and Smart Workplaces
Series TitleIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Series Volume468
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISBN Number978-3-319-27047-0

The mission of elderly services is to enable elders to live in dignity and to provide necessary support for them; to promote their sense of belonging, sense of security and sense of worthiness. The goals of the Portuguese social security system are to oversee the activities of non-public institutions for social solidarity and to improve the quality of operations and services. Conversely, it demands the alignment of the interaction process’ collection, requirements and information system with those of the social centers for elderly. In this paper, we describe a workplace environment, a social center for elderly, and our strategy was, firstly, to understand the information flow in and out of the institution. We concluded that it needed to redesign and reconfigure his business process components, combining individual tasks and capabilities, in response to the environment (other social solidarity centers and the social security system) in order to improve agility. Secondly, we proposed a prototype interface, as new tool, to serve the communication process among the social centers for elderly and the national social security institution. This attempt may contribute to improve the interaction among the whole partners and to address organizations’ agility and innovation.