Definition of human relations

1 : a study of human problems arising from organizational and interpersonal relations (as in industry)
2 : a course, study, or program designed to develop better interpersonal and intergroup adjustments

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The discussion about religious symbols caused a new wrinkle in the human relations commission's debate about holiday decorations. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shorewood may ban religious and secular holiday decorations from public buildings and places," 6 Sep. 2019 Hurts, who is seeking a master’s degree in human relations, will eventually face stouter defenses, with a schedule that includes Texas and Iowa State. Alan Blinder, New York Times, "When the Quarterback Earns a Degree and Switches Colleges," 5 Sep. 2019 One school of thought, known as human relations theory, has long argued that higher employee well-being is associated with higher productivity, not least because happy workers are less prone to absenteeism or quitting. The Economist, "Employee happiness and business success are linked," 1 Aug. 2019 Throughout her career, Ms. Puno has used games as a means to consider human relations. Jillian Steinhauer, New York Times, "An Escape Room Where You Can’t Escape Your Privilege," 23 July 2019 The Vista Unified School District Board of Directors approved Christina DeSanto as principal at Rancho Minerva Middle School and Rachel D’Ambroso as assistant superintendent of human relations. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vista Unified brings in new principal and assistant superintendent," 22 July 2019 The evolution of human relations and the temper of the hour will not allow it. James Parker, The Atlantic, "The Spectacular P. T. Barnum," 19 July 2019 Sybil Bailey, whose controversial departure as the head of human relations in Providence made headlines earlier this year, has taken the same job at the Community College of Rhode Island. Dan Mcgowan,, "Can R.I. hit an ambitious education goal by 2025? Inside Providence’s budget battle," 3 July 2019 At the time, though, the LGBTQ activists were unaware that the city of Mobile had a human relations commission., "Mobile verbally agrees look into LGBTQ protections: ‘It’s an inclusive city’," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of human relations

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Medical Definition of human relations

1 : the social and interpersonal relations between human beings
2 : a course, study, or program designed to develop better interpersonal and intergroup adjustments

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