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

Pronunciation

human resources

/hjuːmən rɪˈsɔːsɪz/