Welcome to the SHRM Glossary of HR Terms, developed by the SHRM Knowledge Center. These are commonly used terms and definitions that are significant to the profession of human resource management. The glossary is continuously updated to include new human resource management terms as they emerge. This glossary is not an all-inclusive listing of HR and general business terminology, but it includes terms in daily use by HR professionals. An alternative desk reference is “The Human Resources Glossary, 3rd Edition”, by William R. Tracey, Ed.D., available for purchase at the SHRM Store, www.shrm.org/shrmstore. Legal terminology often seems inscrutable, even though the legal terms bandied about by lawyers frequently have very straightforward meanings. SHRM's Workplace Law LegalEase provides plain English definitions of common legal terminology for HR professionals to put relevant legal developments into sharp focus for your HR practice. We invite you to submit any term(s) that should be added to the glossary along with a working definition to Naomi Cossack, Manager of Online Content, for placement consideration. A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L| M|N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|Y|Z
A Ability test An assessment instrument used to measure an individual’s abilities, mental or physical skills level (i.e. problem solving, manual dexterity, etc.). Aptitude or competence, the skill or proficiency needed to perform certain tasks. Referred to as the habitual failure of employees to report for work when they are scheduled to work. A rating method where the rater assigns a specific value on a fixed scale to the behavior or performance of an individual instead of assigning ratings based on comparisons between other individuals. The process of perceiving issues and reaching
conclusions through the use of symbols or generalizations rather than concrete factual information. Academic An educator who... [continues]
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