I have yet to hear anybody call themselves a Human Resource so why should an HR Department think of them in this way? Each of us is a person, which means that the term “personnel” has much more relevance than “HR”.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the term “Human Resources” was first used in a business context in 1961, although some business commentators believe that HR could be traced back to the earlier part of the twentieth century.

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Too many businesses make managing people too complex. The process of so-called “HR” is full of jargon confusion, which often puts a barrier between people that work in the business and those responsible for managing them.

Even the name of the department HR – Human Resources – is wrong. Nobody ever refers to themselves as a human resource; they are people! It is well to keep this simple thought in mind when you are involved in the day to day management of a business.

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