HR Terms That Don't Wear Well
First, let's address the common use of the title, "Human Resources."
It sounds like something from a Soviet Five Year Plan. ["Comrade Beria wants to talk with the human resources who failed to show sufficient vigor during the harvest."]
And that was supposed to be an improvement on "Personnel?" I liked the simplicity of "Personnel." Besides, I'd rather be a person than a resource.
"Human Capital" is even worse than Human Resources. You are no longer a resource. You're now sort of like a coin. Yeah, you're a dime or a quarter, but hey, that's better than a penny.
"Talent Management" has echoes of Hollywood. [And yes, there are people in the broadcasting and film industries who refer to some individuals as "The talent." Cringe.] It also seems a tad condescending. And if our talent is so darned talented, why does it need to be managed? Why not just inflate it to "Brilliance Management?"
I'm open to suggestions. If you have a term that's better than "Personnel," let me know.