Meaning of “human resource” in the English Dictionary

"human resource" in Business English

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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 unemployed residents are a viable human resource for employment.
Companies must invest in both technology and human resources 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:

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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 human resources department :

We must consider the human resource implications of this decision.
human resource assistant/director A human resource assistant is urgently required to provide administrative support for our busy HR department.

(Definition of “human resource” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)