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What was human resource called before?

Asked by Dan_tinagan, Last updated: Jun 24, 2022

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Sheetal Kamble

Sheetal Kamble

Sheetal Kamble is a Content Analyst and Digital Marketing Executive based in India.

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Sheetal Kamble, Content Analyst at Technology Counter, India

Answered Nov 08, 2020

Human resource management is basically known as personnel administration and largely concerned with the technical aspects of recruitment, training, and development of an employee, compensating employees, and basically employee function in an organization. Nowadays, Modern HR Software takes care of all functions of the human resource department.

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V. Barnes

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Answered Jun 04, 2018

Human resources or HR as it is commonly called nowadays, is typically the department within a company with the responsibility and accountability for “finding, screening, recruiting and training job applicants, as well as administering employee-benefit programs.” The term HR was reportedly first used in a book called “The Distribution of Wealth” by John R. Commons, an innovative economist.

Since the book was published in 1893, it’s hard to know what term was used before. I am only guessing that because companies were not that sophisticated in the late 1800’s and they didn’t need all the employee-benefit programs and policies relating to workplace violence, sexual harassment and more, maybe HR was just called the employment department?

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dan_tinagan

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Answered Sep 27, 2017

Manpower

*there is a CRITICISM that resource is a COMMODITY
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