human relations (HR)


A department in an organization responsible for the management of hiring qualified personnel for the purpose of filling vacant positions. Activities involved with the department include advertising and posting, recruiting, staffing, interviewing, hiring, terminations, layoffs, career training, and performance reviews of company employees.

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  • During my job interview at the consulting firm, I spent more than an hour speaking to the human relations manager before meeting with several consultants and managers.

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  • He was in charge of human relations and that meant that he had to do a few things with people, which he did not doing.

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  • The human relations arm of our business was able to find and fill the open positions with qualified and competent candidates.

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