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    Please assist with the following with at least 400 words answer (based on reference reading book Modaff, D.P. , Butler, J. A., & DeWine, S. (2008). Organizational Communication: Foundations, Challenges, and Misunderstandings, 3d ed.) :

    Consider the following scenario: You are a plant foreperson at a highly-productive and competitive factory. Your manager approaches you with a concern about last month's productivity for the unit for which you are responsible. She tells you that productivity has markedly dropped off, and that the best way to solve this issue is to implement a new piece of automating technology currently being used by a competing factory. You are in agreement with this, but you know your employees will be resistant to adopting this new technology. They will be concerned that this new technology will make some of them obsolete and ultimately cost them their jobs. How can you use human relations theory to convince your employees to adopt this new technology?

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    Dear Student,
    Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. What you are being asked here to do is to apply HRT to the situation described. Before going any further, it is best to 'attack' the problem by building an outline. I suggest the following:

    1. Introduction - what is HRT? Around 150 words.
    2. A brief of the Situation - about 100 words.
    3. Application - about 250 words.

    The above outline will cover all that is necessary to answer the problem. If you have any questions just let me know via the feedback section. You can also explore the listed resources to further study the topic. Good luck!

    OTA 105878/Xenia Jones
    What is HRT?

    Human relations theory or HRT is a theory of motivation first conceptualized by Elton Mayo. It combined elements of psychology and sociology with a focus on the 'human factor'. Classical theories, according to Mayo, have ignored the human element and workers, when motivated right, can function above and beyond what is expected. It is a critical reaction to classical organizational theory that takes a mechanical view of organizations. HRT considers the influence of human emotion and perception, informal 'social relations and dynamics' within the employee structure under the shadow of the 'formal organization, and what Mayo calls ...

    Solution Summary

    The solution provides information, assistance and advise to help the student complete the task (see above) that requires writing a short paper that applies the concept of human relations theory in terms of utilizing/applying new ideas/technology.