human resources

plural noun

Definition of human resources

1 : personnel sense 1a hiring more human resources
2 : personnel sense 2 Human resources will contact you about your interview. the company's human resources department

Examples of human resources in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Later, her husband’s work in human resources led them to live in states all over Mexico. Dallas News, "Frisco author Mely Martínez brings Mexico to our kitchens in her debut cookbook," 14 Sep. 2020 The company could consider again splitting the role into two positions, such as promoting a retail leader of a major geography in addition to having a standalone human resources executive. Mark Gurman, Fortune, "Apple’s leadership evolves ahead of a post-Tim Cook era," 12 Sep. 2020 The nearly 100 employees laid of at Dave & Busters had first been furloughed in mid-March, according to a WARN notice from human resources director Kathryn Rainey. Jeff Adelson,, "At Dave & Buster's and the Sheraton in New Orleans, hundreds are being permanently laid off," 10 Sep. 2020 McLouglin has worked for more than 25 years in human resources for several local corporations and nonprofit organizations. Staff Reports Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Business people," 6 Sep. 2020 On June 25, West sent a memo to new human resources director Thulani LeGrier requesting an external investigation into his allegations. Rebecca Lurye,, "Hartford police lieutenant alleges racial discrimination, retaliation in federal lawsuit against city," 1 Sep. 2020 In letters to the state, Shawn German, the regional human resources director for Loews Hotels & Co., said that the company had initially believed the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shutdowns would be temporary. Caroline Glenn,, "Five more Universal Orlando hotels announce layoffs; 1,291 workers affected," 27 Aug. 2020 Employees are asked to report any symptoms to a human resources director who can work with them on getting tested and quarantining themselves. Author: Mae Anderson, Anchorage Daily News, "Taller cubicles, one-way aisles: Office workers must adjust," 16 Aug. 2020 Ruth Carter-Lynch Lynch, 67, of Lauderhill, is a consultant who has worked for decades in human resources and is a former president of Planned Parenthood of South Palm Beach and Broward counties. Anthony Man,, "Elections on Tuesday will decide who runs elections for next four years in Broward and Palm Beach counties," 15 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of human resources

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Sep 2020

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“Human resources.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of human resources

: a department within an organization that deals with the people who work for that organization
: a group of people who are able to do work

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