Interesting use of the word “personnel” in the job spec of the new COO at The Bank of England

I’m intrigued by the use of the word “personnel” instead of “human resources” in the reports in today’s press regarding Charlotte Hogg’s role which also includes responsibility for finance, property, IT and security.

The sooner “human resources” is dropped from the business lexicon, the better. Perhaps The Bank of England believes now, as I and many others have done for years, that humans are designed never ever to behave like resources but like people, gloriously unique and nothing at all like a capital asset. Indeed they are 1/7 billion in their degree of uniqueness. The word personnel is a step in the right direction. Next we need to see the most innovative HR professionals fight for Chief of Staff roles and drop the term HR altogether.

Ciaran Fenton

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