English for Human Resources (HR) 6


“People are definitely a company’s greatest asset. It doesn’t make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps.”
Mary Kay Ash

The terms HR (Human Resources) and personnel can refer to both, the people employed in an organisation and the department of an organisation that deals with, among other things, the recruitment, administration, management, development, retention and, if all else fails, the dismissal of its employees.

HR specialists spend a lot of time liaising with other departments and working in conjunction with department managers. The responsibilities of the HR department are manifold. They support and strengthen the organisation and its employees by planning, implementing, and evaluating HR policies, programmes, and practices.

Companies are becoming more global and more complex, with international teams working closely together via teleconference, videoconference, e-mail and traditional business trips. And the lingua franca is predominantly English. Whether or not you are an HR professional, understanding the terminology and jargon of HR is an essential part of business English.

HR Terminology
HR Terminology in Context
HR Terminology – Pay and Conditions
HR Terminology – Pay and Conditions in Context
HR – UK vs. US
HR Terminology – Crossword

6 thoughts on “English for Human Resources (HR)

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  2. Reply pat Dec 2,2013 %I:%M %p

    Very useful, thanks Jack!

  3. Reply franca Dec 5,2013 %I:%M %p

    Thanks for sharing! It’s really interesting!!!

  4. Reply Jeremy Feb 13,2014 %I:%M %p

    Nice resource. I just had a student request that we spend a bunch of time on HR. I’m sure she’ll appreciate these:)

  5. Reply Michelle Diehl Jan 9,2017 %I:%M %p

    These are very useful, thank you for publishing!

  6. Reply Leesa Johnson Aug 1,2017 %I:%M %p

    Awesome post. ‘HR’ plays an important role in any company, so it is must for you to know the HR Terminology because it will make you perfect for your job profile. Thanks for sharing such type of information.

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