Intro to the Management and Human Resources Dictionary

Use This Glossary to Find the Meaning of Common HR Terminology

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"The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. All I know is what I have words for." – Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)

Nobody needs to tell you that Human Resources, management, and business professionals have a language all their own. Sometimes, shared meaning, my definition for effective communication, is hard to find. So many different words and terms have subtle shades of variation in their meaning.

With this in mind, here is an ever-expanding, comprehensive glossary of Human Resources, management, and business words, terms, and concepts. For people who are beginning careers in business-related fields, the glossary will provide a growing resource over time.

For those readers who are currently active HR, management, or business professionals, the glossary is a convenient, easily-accessible resource.

Contents of the Dictionary

A search of the Web revealed a multitude of glossaries for the working and business professional. What I did not find were comprehensive dictionaries that provided examples and samples needed to provide clarity about a word or concept. Few glossaries linked additional Web resources that further defined the word or concept.

So, I have tried to provide these in this glossary; examples, samples, and resources are provided whenever possible.

Let's Make the Dictionary Project Interactive

Recently, I ran a poll to test the interest of site visitors in a glossary.

 80% of the people voting said they would like a glossary; another 17% of respondents said they'd check it out. I was encouraged enough to give it a try

Please take the time to provide feedback about whether you find the glossary useful. The more specific your feedback, the better I can respond with changes and improvements.

I am also interested in what words and concepts you would most like defined in a handy, one-stop glossary.

As you know, there are thousands of words that impact the business world. I'm not interested in rewriting Webster's or the Oxford English Dictionary - my favorite. I just want to provide a significant, useful tool for the business community.

"If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know?" – Stephen Wright, Comedian