human resource Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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human resourcenoun

uk   us   HR
[C, usually plural] people, when considered as an ​asset that is or can be ​employed and that is useful to a ​company, ​organization, etc.: Over 50% of the city's ​unemployedresidents are a ​viablehumanresource for ​employment. Companies must ​invest in both ​technology and ​humanresources if they hope to ​secure a ​stable and ​competitive future.
human resources [U] ( abbreviation HR) the ​department in a ​company that is ​responsible for ​dealing with ​employees, for ​example by ​employing them, ​training them, ​dealing with their problems, and ​managing their ​records: Human ​resourcesfocuses on ​training, ​recruitment, ​organizationaldesign and ​effectiveness. humanresourcesdepartment/​assistant/​director
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human resourceadjective [before noun]

uk   us  
HR relating to ​people when they are considered as an ​asset to a ​company, etc., or ​relating to a humanresourcesdepartment : a new ​humanresourcestrategy We must consider the ​humanresource implications of this decision.human resource assistant/director A ​humanresourceassistant is urgently ​required to ​provideadministrativesupport for our ​busy HR ​department.
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