HR Vocabulary

HR Professionals have the difficult job of communicating with different departments and ensuring everyone looks in the same direction. They need special language to describe things, and today we’ll look at some words and phrases that HRs use all the time.


Hold accountable” means for someone to be responsible for their actions.

Example: I will hold you accountable for any flaws in the strategy.


Absence” is when someone is not present at a place, job, etc., for various reasons.

Example: She has had zero absences this year. That’s admirable.


Compulsory” is a term used to describe something mandatory because of the rule of law.

Example: It isn’t compulsory to provide any health insurance benefit, but we go above and beyond in this regard.


Dismiss” means to end the employment of someone officially; send away. Example: The company dismissed two people last week because of unacceptable behaviour in the office.


Incentive” is some reward that motivates a person to do something beyond normal or expected.

Example: We need to introduce a bonus scheme. There’s no incentive for people to top perform.


Misconduct” is unacceptable behaviour by an employee.

Example: The director was found guilty of professional misconduct and was dismissed the following day.


Here in Worddio, we like data. We analysed large databases and compiled a list of the common words related to the HR profession. For each, you will have a description and an example of how to use it in a sentence.

It is part of our Business package available for companies only. It contains more than 25 libraries with essential words and phrases you need to be more confident and productive. 


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