Human Relations

What are human relations

human relationships are physical or emotional links that are generated between two or more people through forms of communication.

In administration, human relations refers to the discipline that is responsible for increasing the satisfaction and morale of the employees of an organization or company in order to reduce their resistance and print greater acceptance of formal authority.

The theory of human relations in administration is later replaced by the concept of human resources which, while improving employee satisfaction and enthusiasm, also seeks to improve decision-making and control mechanisms.

In affective terms, human relations are essential for the construction of a society. The components that are important in each type of human relationship will depend on its loving, family, affective or utilitarian nature.

Importance of human relationships

Human relations are important for our evolution as a society, since it is vital for the creation and organization of any type of society. In order to survive, man needs other people, so it is impossible to live without human relationships.

The goal of human relationships is harmonization and empathy to effectively communicate what we need and thus help each other.

See also effective communication.

Types of human relations

In social sciences, human relations are essentially divided into two types:

  • primary relations: are those relationships considered within the closest and most intimate circle of the individual characterized by affection and the importance of the bond. Both family and love relationships are examples of primary relationships.
  • secondary relations: are links determined by the need or usefulness of the relationship. For example, a professional relationship with the employer, client-provider relationship, doctor-patient relationship.
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See also Intersubjectivity.

Theory of human relations

The basis of the theory of human relations in the area of ​​administration consists of the emphasis given to people, taking into account that we are “social men”, therefore, the quality of human relations in the place of work will affect employee satisfaction and efficiency.

See also Administration.

The theory of human relations was developed by the Humanistic School of Administration. Its forerunner was the Australian George Elton May (1880-1949) who opposed the classical management theory that only emphasized the employee’s tasks and later, the organizational structure.

See also Human Resources and Public Relations