Form or method of personnel management that gives consideration to aspects or factors which motivate the worker other than those of a strictly financial or mercenary nature. The school of human relations which emerged in the United States in the 1930s was a vast movement of social research and experimentation constituting a reaction against the principles and techniques of Taylorism and scientific management. In Spain, given the late adoption of Taylorism, it is impossible to identify clearly the point at which employer practices began to follow the assumptions and principles of human relations.
Please note: the European industrial relations glossaries were compiled between 1991 and 2003 and are not updated. For current material see the European industrial relations dictionary.