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 (HR), management, and business professionals have a language all their own. Sometimes, figuring out the shared meanings between their language and the one everyone else uses feels nearly impossible. There are so many different words and terms which 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 reveals a multitude of glossaries for the working and business professional. What has been missing until now are comprehensive dictionaries that provided the detailed examples and samples necessary to provide clarity about a word or concept. Few glossaries linked to additional Web resources that further defined the word or concept.

In order to remedy that inadequacy, this glossary will provide examples, samples, and resources whenever possible.

Unlike most dictionaries, this glossary will not be organized alphabetically, but by concept and concept complexity. It will be easier for you to fully comprehend the subject you are looking up if all the information is in one place. The glossary will also begin with the most simple introductory concepts and progress to more complex ones. This way, you will be able to read the entire glossary from beginning to end without missing out on the basic information you need to understand the more complicated concepts. If you choose to skip ahead or start at the end, you know you only need to backtrack in order to reference something you do not already understand.

Let's Make the Dictionary Project Interactive

Recently, a poll was run to test the interest of website visitors in a glossary. 80 percent of the people who voted said they would like a glossary to be put together; another 17 percent of respondents said they would check it out. 

Please take the time to provide feedback about whether you find the glossary useful. The more specific your feedback, the faster changes and improvements can be implemented. Also of interest is which 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. This is not intended to be a rewriting of Webster's or the Oxford English Dictionary. This is meant to be a significant, useful tool for the business community. 

You may wish to bookmark this glossary so you can easily reference it and to check it frequently for updates.

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