Every since someone tried to draw a distinction between weekly paid "workers" and monthly paid "staff" there has been a search for an all encompassing term for the people who work for a company. The term "personnel" works perfectly but as personnel departments grew and personnel officers gained seniority (which was a good thing) they decided they needed a grander name so they called themselves "human resources" in a manner than, ironically, dehumanised the staff. The next trend was to refer to staff as "human capital," further removing them from being real people and treating them as assets. We believe in people. We say people should be treated as humans and treated with dignity. So we insist on using the term "Personnel" and those who regard their own job titles as more important than the people they serve can like it or lump it!
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