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What Are Good Human Relations Skills in The Workplace?

Updated on February 22, 2019
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

What Do We Mean By Having Human Relations in the Workplace?

Note: when we discuss human relations in the workplace, we are referring to having good human relations skills in the 21st century going forward. As someone that has been in the workforce since 1996 and has a business background, I can share some valuable tips as to how you can work to improve your human relations skills. But I am sure that many of you are asking what is or are human relations and how do they become used in the workplace?

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What Are Human Relations & Why Are They So Important?

Human relations are a certain set of skills that every employee must have when they are hired by an organization. Although you can get better at improving your human relations skills, it is best to possess some good human relations skills prior to entering the workforce for the first time or changing jobs and working for your next organization. And in today’s business world, human relations are especially important if you want to become an employee that companies would love to have in their offices. Employers expect that all employees will have certain qualities that they are looking for. So making a good first impression is very important. What are human relations in the business world? Human relations are about working with a group of people at the most basic level.

How To Approach the Topic of Good Human Relations Skills

There are two types of strategies to approach the topic of human relations skills. There is the classical management theory and then there is the person-centered concept. According to the newspaper Arizona Central, “This person-centered concept is widely divergent from the classical management theory that focuses primarily on the premise that employees work to earn wages,” (Mooney n.d.). In addition to this, the reasoning that employees work only to earn wages has led to human beings being neglected. If we want to retain our employees, we have to realize that they have more than just physical needs.

Some Situations Where the Use of Good Human Relations Skills Is Essential

There is no way that you will be able to avoid human relations. In an office environment, there will be people around you and it is your responsibility to work with them and get along well with them. Human relations are also about being social with the people whom you work. It also means that you must respect your work colleagues and to be able to adapt to any changes that may occur at your place of work as long as you are working for an organization or company. Also, it is very important that you as an employee do the job that you have been assigned to do and treat your work colleagues like you would want to be treated. If you want to be treated with respect and courtesy, then treat your work colleagues with respect and courtesy. These are some of the most basic human relations skills that all employees must remember to practice and get good at.

However, there are even more complex situations involved when we are talking about human relations. It is not enough to just be friendly, courteous and respectful so that your colleagues will admire you. Good human relations also mean that you have to be able to deal with working under supervisors and managers that are difficult to deal with. Having good human relations skills also means being able to work quickly and efficiently when deadlines are expected to be met. You also must be able to accept that you will be required to work and deal with people of different races, religious and ethnic groups. You will also be required to work with people from different countries in the world because today’s workplace is so diverse. Having an open mind is what you must have in a situation when you are working with different kinds of people. If you are flexible and have an open mind, you will be able to understand their mentality, personality and characteristics that make them unique. And over time, they will be able to understand you. Human relations are also about relationship building. This is true whether you are dealing with your co-workers, supervisors, and business partners. You will always have a relationship with the people you work with in the business world and there is no way to escape that.

Make Sure To Effectively Handle Workplace Disagreements & Try to Get Along With the Other Employees

Good human relations are especially about being able to handle workplace disagreements when they arise. And lastly, good human relations are especially important if you want to be able to restore a relationship that has been damaged for whatever reason. Working with an employee that you have bad feelings for will only make it more toxic for you and bring negativity inside of you. Your work quality will also suffer. Sometimes, you will deal with other employees that have difficult personalities and as soon as there is a problem, talk to your supervisor about it and come up with a solution right away. Getting along with all of your employees is good for you and it is especially good for them too.


Mooney, Lisa. n.d. "Four Important Goals of the Human Relations Approach." Arizona Central.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2019 Ara Vahanian


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