Human Relations: Principles and Practices / Edition 6

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A brief version of Effective Human Relations, this text incorporates Reece/Brandt's innovative Total Person approach to the field addressing interdependent personal traits in relation to workplace behavior. The authors offer a holistic perspective on how improved physical fitness, self-awareness, integrity, emotional control and other factors may positively impact employees at work. While much of the material comes from the comprehensive text, Reece and Brandt have carefully edited this textbook to focus on the immediate, personal application of human relations principles and practices.

The Fifth Edition covers seven major themes: communication, self-awareness, self-acceptance, motivation, trust, self-disclosure, and conflict management. In particular, Reece and Brandt emphasize topics such as attitude development, values clarification, emotional balance, developing a professional presence, resolving conflict, and coping with ethical dilemmas. Strong pedagogical tools include new opening vignettes featuring prominent individuals or corporations, Total Person Insight boxes with anecdotes and advice from well-known figures, and hands-on application exercises that often require students to go on the Internet.

  • New! Expanded coverage of human relations in the Information Age combines fundamental concepts and new practices essential for success in the current economy including "Communicating via Technology" and a new case entitled "Cyber-Surveillance: Big Brother Is Watching!" in Chapter 2, and "The Age of Information Mandates Attitude Changes" in Chapter 5.
  • New! Human Relations in Action boxed inserts highlightreal-world examples, including Civility Under Siege, Avoiding the Things That Annoy, and Tools for Tolerance.
  • New! Reece and Brandt have revamped the text to feature the latest information on diversity including age, income level, education, and communication style in addition to race, ethnicity, and nationality.
  • Learning aids that promote self-development include a Career Corner feature with practical solutions to common human relations problems, and two or more Thinking/Learning Starters per chapter that encourage students to examine how concepts relate to their lives and experiences.
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"The text is well written and visually appealing. Students enjoy the pictures and the cartoons. In addition, the chapters are not too lengthy." — Anthony Stubbs, Iowa Lakes Community College

"Extremely readable - students say they enjoy this text!" — Judith Meyer, Beaufort County Community College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618502097
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/14/2005
  • Edition description: 6TH
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 3.15 (w) x 3.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry L. Reece is Professor Emeritus at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He received his Ed.D. from the University of Nebraska. Dr. Reece has been actively involved in teaching, research, consulting, and designing training programs throughout his career. He has conducted more than 500 workshops and seminars devoted to leadership, human relations, communications, sales, customer service, and small business operations. He has received the Excellence in Teaching Award for classroom teaching at Virginia Tech and the Trainer of the Year Award presented by the Valleys of Virginia Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. Dr. Reece has contributed to numerous journals and is author or co-author of thirty-three books. He has served as a consultant to Lowe's Companies, Inc., Wachovia Corporation, WLR Foods, Kinney Shoe Corporation, and numerous other profit and not-for-profit organizations.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Human Relations. 2. Improving Interpersonal Communications. 3. Building High Self-Esteem. 4. Personal Values Influence Ethical Choices. 5. Attitudes Can Shape Your Life. 6. Developing a Professional Presence. 7. Valuing Work Force Diversity. 8. Resolving Conflict and Achieving Emotional Balance. 9. A Life Plan for Effective Human Relations.

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