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THE LAST WORD: Kill the 'HR speak' by ProQuest


The HR profession has managed to create a bewildering array of meaningless terms. When you're in the realm of HR strategy, it is nearly impossible to read an article or view a PowerPoint that isn't littered with terms like "business partner," "seat at the table," "organizational alignment" or "balanced scorecard." Why is the proliferation of HR speak a problem? To begin with, it builds a language wall between HR and the rest of the business. The solution to this linguistic problem is pretty simple. First of all, people in HR need to make a conscious effort to use business terms exclusively. Next, they need to make every attempt to use not the most complex word, but instead, the most understandable word when dealing with managers and employees.

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