Who is this book for?
This book has been written for anyone working, or planning to work, in human resources
and personnel management, and who wants to develop their vocabulary for this line of
work. The various exercises throughout the book focus on the key vocabulary that you
would expect to understand and use on a day-to-day basis.
The book is also useful for anyone working in other business-related areas (secretarial,
administrative, accountancy, sales, business law, business management, etc) who wants to
broaden their knowledge of business vocabulary.
How should you use the book?
When you use this book, you should not go through the exercises mechanically. It is better
to choose areas that you are unfamiliar with, or areas that you feel are of specific interest
or importance to yourself.
The exercises are accompanied by a full answer key at the back of the book. This key also
gives you lots of other information that might be useful to you, as well as providing other
words (synonyms, opposites, alternative words, etc) that are not covered in the exercises
It is important to record new words and expressions that you learn. Try to develop your
own personal vocabulary 'bank' in a notebook or file. Review the words and expressions
on a regular basis so that they become an active part of your vocabulary.
You will find it very helpful to use a dictionary when you do the exercises in this book. A
good dictionary will give a clear definition of words and expressions, show you how they
are pronounced, and give sample sentences to show how they are used in context. Many
of the words, expressions and examples in this book have been taken or adapted from the
Bloomsbury Dictionary of Human Resources and Personnel Management (ISBN 0 7475
6623 2). You will also find the Bloomsbury Easier English Dictionary for Students
(ISBN 0 7475 6624 0) a useful reference source.
Further recommended reading and reference:
If you would like to learn more about Human Resources, these books are very useful:
An Introduction to Human Resource Management
by John Stredwick (Elsevier: ISBN 0 7506 4580 6)
Essentials of HRM
by Shaun Tyson and Alfred York (Butterworth Heinemann: ISBN 0 7506 4715 9)
Formal words 1
Formal words 2
Word association 1
Word association 2
Word association 3
Word association 4
Word association 5
Two-word expressions 1
Two-word expressions 2
Phrasal verbs 1
Phrasal verbs 2
Phrasal verbs 3
Phrasal verbs 4
Over and under
A career case history
The recruitment process
Contract of employment
Rewards and benefits 1
Rewards and benefits 2
Holidays and other time off work
Health and safety
Discipline and problems at work
Personnel training and development