HR is the most outdated term in business. It’s not only outdated, it’s a horrible term.

Human Resources. HR.

Can it be any more demeaning? How about just H?

The shipping department can’t get all the orders out! We need a couple more humans right away!


Wanted: Human to work in our Accounts Receivables Department. Must work well with other humans. Human skills important. Must provide references from at least three other humans.

Come on. Are you filling slots with humans or are you looking for talent?

If you want talent, you’d better call it talent. You’d better dump HR and form an internal talent agency. And if the humans in HR can’t run a talent agency, get people talent who can.

Unless you’re just looking for humans. In that case, HR will suit your need just fine.

Chris Reich hates the term HR.