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COELHO-LIMA, Fellipe  and  TORRES, Camila Costa. Reflections on human resources policies. Cad. psicol. soc. trab. [online]. 2011, vol.14, n.2, pp. 227-240. ISSN 1516-3717.

This paper aimed to research the current business discourse about the human resources policies and understand the consequences of those to the working class. A literature review was held and some works, that portrayed the business discourse and the criticisms directed to it, were selected. Being found that the human resources policies are geared towards the strategy and organizational competitiveness, aligning the member of the organization with the company strategy and using the workers' competences as competitiveness to the corporation. The business discourse defends the autonomy of the workers, the personal development of the employee and the flexibility of the working relations. The critic about this discourse indicates that the autonomy defended is limited to the solution of problems on production. The personal development projects inside the organization interfere in the subjectivities of the workers, happening a severe bounce of these proposals about the workers' health and their alienation about the class consciousness. The study indicates two paths for discussion: the disclosure of the human resources policies as a possible place of struggle and achievements for the workers, and the urge of the psychologists to take political actions.

Keywords : People management policies; Business discourse; Worker alienation.

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