persons collectively in the employ of a business. Glossary of Business Terms

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personnel per‧son‧nel [ˌpɜːsəˈnel ǁ ˌpɜːr-] noun HUMAN RESOURCES
1. [plural] the people who work for a company or organization:

• All personnel are to receive security badges.

• the departure of a number of senior personnel

2. [uncountable] the department in an organization that deals with employing, training, and helping employees; = human resources:

• A copy should be sent to Personnel for our files.

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personnel UK US /ˌpɜːsənˈel/ noun HR, MANAGEMENT
[plural] the people who are employed by a company or organization: skilled/qualified/trained personnel »

Knowing how to handle difficult situations requires qualified personnel.


The company may consider taking out insurance against the loss of key personnel.

marketing/sales/technical personnel »

The sales personnel in a sales force evolves constantly.


military/security personnel


He has made personnel changes in the investment banking and bond areas.

[U] the department of a company or organization that deals with employees when they join or leave, when they need training, when they have problems, etc.: »

Her personnel file showed excellent performance.

the personnel department/division »

Few companies give their personnel department the same status as their finance department.

the personnel chief/manager/office »

As personnel manager of a large company, I have regular meetings with our union.

Compare HUMAN RESOURCE(Cf. human resource)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • personnel — personnel, elle [ pɛrsɔnɛl ] adj. et n. m. • XIIIe dr.; personel 1190 gramm.; bas lat. personalis I ♦ Adj. 1 ♦ (1455) Qui concerne une personne, lui appartient en propre. ⇒ individuel, particulier. « refuser de servir, c est faire passer son… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • personnel — personnel, elle (pèr so nèl, nè l ) adj. 1°   Qui est propre et particulier à chaque personne. L intérêt personnel. •   Ce ne sont pas les sentiments de M. Arnauld qui sont hérétiques ; ce n est que sa personne : c est une hérésie personnelle,… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • personnel — The word is pronounced with the stress on the third syllable, and refers to the human resources of an organization or institution, originally in the armed forces and later in the business world. It is often used attributively (i.e. before a noun) …   Modern English usage

  • personnel — 1837, from Fr. personnel (a contrastive term to materiél), noun use of personnel (adj.) personal, from O.Fr. personel (see PERSONAL (Cf. personal)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • personnel — Personnel, [personn]elle. adj. Qui est propre & particulier, à chaque personne. Merite personnel. qualité personnelle. On dit prov. Toutes fautes sont personnelles, pour dire, qu On n est pas responsable des fautes d autruy. On dit en termes de… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • personnel — [pʉr΄sə nel′] n. [Fr (lit., PERSONAL), prob. infl. by Ger personal, earlier personale < ML, orig. neut. of L personalis] 1. persons employed in any work, enterprise, service, establishment, etc.: distinguished in military usage from MATERIEL 2 …   English World dictionary

  • Personnel — Per son nel , n. [F. See {Personal}.] The body of persons employed in some public service, as the army, navy, etc.; distinguished from mat[ e]riel. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Personnel — См. Персонал Термины атомной энергетики. Концерн Росэнергоатом, 2010 …   Термины атомной энергетики

  • personnel — I noun assistants, band of employees, body of employees, cast, clerical staff, company, corps of employees, coworkers, crew, employees, factotums, fellow workers, help, labor supply, laborers, laboring force, manpower, members, office force,… …   Law dictionary

  • personnel — [n] employees of business or other enterprise cadre, corps, crew, faculty, group, helpers, human resources, members, men and women, office, organization, people, shop, staff, troop, troops, workers, work force; concepts 325,417 …   New thesaurus

  • personnel — Personnel, Personalis …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

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