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Old October 5 2012, 02:26 PM   #20
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Re: Changing Language Usage

My Son the Vampire wrote: View Post

You don't have a "Personnel" department, it's "Human Resources" - or indeed just "Resources".
Businesses started calling their personnel departments "Human Resources" back in the 1970s. That pretentious term always makes me think of Soylent Green.
It's a bit of a misconception that Human Resources departments departments are simply renamed Personnel departments, Personnel departments were largely administrative functions. HRM grew out of Human Resource Accounting and the idea that the person is a resource to be used up as much as possible for as little cost to the business as possible - the underlying concept is far more sinister than anything that was done by old fashion personnel departments.

The distinction is useful because it's a discussion of two overlapping but distinct concepts.
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