"HR" Should Go
"Human Resources" is such a warm title. It has a Stalinist Five Year Plan sort of ring to it that must comfort every walking, sitting, or cringing resource in the organization.
It was supposedly an improvement over "Personnel" although for the life of me I could never understand why. At least you could visit Personnel without the sense that you were about to see an excavation project.
The term also has a yearning aspect, much like the towel boy who boasts about being on the men's varsity team. "We're just as tough as Operations," the term seems to say, "and since we deal with resources, we aren't easily ignored or outsourced." (Dream on.)
For the umpteenth time I'll propose dropping HR and simply going with Recruitment and Development. You can pack a lot under that umbrella and yet it focuses on what HR/Personnel/Whatever folks really do.
And it doesn't evoke the slightest memory of metallurgy.