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Human Resources Acronyms

Get to Know HR Abbreviations

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Learning the Acronyms in Any Field is a Challenge

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Have you ever spoken to a Human Resources practitioner and had trouble understanding various portions of the conversation? Learning and understanding Human Resources acronyms is a challenge. As in any other occupation, people familiar with the field start talking in abbreviations because it's easy and familiar - and it becomes habit.

Human Resources practitioners can sound as if they are speaking a different language - and if you're not an HR practitioner with experience - they probably are. The acronyms they use are common to the initiated, uncommon to people new to the field and to students. HR acronyms require a learning curve just as HR jargon or HR speak requires a learning curve and familiarity with the field.

Keep in mind that Human Resources acronyms and jargon annoy and alienate non-HR employees. With this in mind, the following acronyms are common in HR.

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  • AAP: Affirmative Action Plan
  • ADA: The Americans With Disabilities Act
  • AD&D: Accidental Death & Dismemberment
  • ADEA: Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • ASTD: American Society for Training and Development

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  • GPHR: Global Professional in Human Resources

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  • WARN: Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
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