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personnel

noun
 
 
/ˌpɜːsənˈel/ HR, MANAGEMENT
[plural] the people who are employed by a company or organization: skilled/qualified/trained personnel Knowing how to handle difficult situations requires qualified personnel. The company may consider taking out insurance against the loss of key personnel.marketing/sales/technical personnel The sales personnel in a sales force evolves constantly. military/security personnel He has made personnel changes in the investment banking and bond areas.
[U] the department of a company or organization that deals with employees when they join or leave, when they need training, when they have problems, etc.: Her personnel file showed excellent performance.the personnel department/division Few companies give their personnel department the same status as their finance department.the personnel chief/manager/office As personnel manager of a large company, I have regular meetings with our union. →  Compare human resource
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