Employment Relations Between Employers And Their Workers

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Employment Relations, the practice of establishing and maintaining a legitimate and sustainable relationship between employers and their workers, is fast become widely adopted among the labour force as a much more useful term than the traditional ‘Industrial Relations’ – a phrase long used by managers and supervisors to describe the importance of the employer-employee relationship as something in need of being nurtured, properly accounted for and kept healthy for the sake of all individuals and parties involved. ‘Employment Relations’ is breaking through as the most rational and viable way to approach this particular branch of Human Resource Management (Banfield & Kay 2008), as it has many advantages over the less prosaic phrases…show more content…
With ‘Employment Relations’ coming to fore as the norm for the industry – both unionized and non-unionized – it’s easy to how corporations and workers will be able to better approach such important employer-employee relations areas as contract types, discipline, motivation, reward packages, culture, psychological health, peer-to-peer worker respect, promotion possibilities, management hierarchies and last but not least, ‘the always difficult to handle employment termination’. (Thornhill 2003) ‘Industrial relations’ has historically been used as a phrase to describe the importance of establishing healthy relationships between workers and their employers. It gained currency among financial and economic analysts with the rise of the big corporation culture synonymous with the economic boom the United States underwent through the most part of the first half of the twentieth century (with an exception of course to the economic recession of the 1930s more often known as The Great Depression or The Great Slump). The rise of senior executive management, seen as vital to maintaining a burgeoning, expanding company or business enterprise, appeared simultaneously with the birth of the labour force or trade-unionism that came to
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