Definition of human resources in English:

human resources

plural noun

  • 1The personnel of a business or organization, regarded as a significant asset in terms of skills and abilities.

    ‘our core skills are in building pan-European businesses and managing human resources’
    • ‘People are treated as human resources and expected to follow organizational job descriptions, rules, and procedures.’
    • ‘Among these were addressing new skills, investing in human resources and valuing learning.’
    • ‘However, major investments in human resources are planned, to increase the skill level of the Pakistani workforce.’
    • ‘This will require companies to develop new skills and methods of work via investment in human resources at all levels.’
    • ‘The government will have to bear the huge costs, not only for medical treatment, but also the losses in terms of human resources.’
    • ‘Initiatives are costly, both in terms of human resources and real dollars.’
    • ‘They are also bankable institutions and have the capability in terms of human resources and expertise to handle bonds.’
    • ‘This requires looking at each asset with regard to human resources and infrastructure.’
    • ‘In terms of developing human resources, a well and continuously educated population is vital.’
    • ‘That makes it all the more important in the absence of physical resource advantages that we keep investing in our human resources.’
    • ‘Execution risk here is high, and availability of human resources could become a big issue.’
    • ‘We want to develop new markets but are also concentrating on our human resources.’
    • ‘He said India was a strong economy and was rich in technology and human resources.’
    • ‘If employment is low, the companies have enough human resources already and people should be glad not to have their salaries cut.’
    • ‘Business demands are changing human resources from company joke to valued part of the strategic team.’
    • ‘Using existing facilities and human resources can significantly reduce costs and security risks.’
    • ‘We have tremendous human resources and the people have great perseverance.’
    • ‘And it would provide the financial and human resources needed to improve profit margins.’
    • ‘There is a need to invest in human resources and provide sufficient nurses and GPs to service the population.’
    • ‘The sheer scale of this monument stands as testament to his skills in commanding the material and human resources of his country.’
    employees, workers, workforce, personnel, hands, hired hands, labourers, human resources, manpower, labour
    1. 1.1The department of a business or organization that deals with the hiring, administration, and training of staff.
      ‘director of human resources at the company’
      • ‘Its senior management, human resources, IT and administration work from Yorkshire.’
      • ‘When such an attack is under way, computing as well as human resources are directed to dealing with the attack.’
      • ‘Its department of human resources has a new way to promote job openings.’
      • ‘They also met with the department's head of human resources, John Gillespie.’
      • ‘Elaine Byrne, the trust's pay and benefits manager, has served as acting director of human resources since August last year.’
      • ‘From accounting and stock control to human resources and customer relationship management, they pretty much cover it all.’
      • ‘He was later seconded as chief director for human resources in the provincial Health Department but has since left.’
      • ‘This could include human resources, network managers and, of course, security.’
      • ‘If you go back some years, issues such as human resources were centrally managed.’
      • ‘And this was rejected by the director of human resources?’
      • ‘Suzanne Blake, director of human resources, has been with the company for 26 years.’
      • ‘The director of human resources disputed the rumoured £95,000 bill.’
      • ‘But Paul Bentley, the director of human resources, believes more spaces are the only answer.’
      • ‘Director of human resources Wendy Gay believes the survey shows it is still performing well in certain areas.’
      • ‘I have an immediate deputy who is my director of human resources.’
      • ‘He recruited expats to run human resources, retail, and corporate development.’
      • ‘Need to know who to call in human resources about a difficult employee?’
      • ‘Through human resources, many companies have internal mechanisms to resolve problems.’
      • ‘Recruiting newcomers isn't something that is best just handed over to human resources.’
      • ‘She was a senior vice president of human resources at a local bank who had no sales experience whatsoever.’

Pronunciation

human resources

/hjuːmən rɪˈsɔːsɪz/