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In the HR ecosystem & need
to speak the lingo?

We know it can get tricky to keep up with industry jargon. 

So whether you’re just starting off or have been in the field for years, our Human Resource (HR) Glossary is for you.

A comprehensive directory of terms and phrases commonly used by HR professionals to help you enhance your understanding of the industry as you navigate your day-to-day work. 


360 Degree Survey

A form of employee appraisal that extracts feedback >

Agile Organisation

An organisation/system that keeps implementing processes to help >


Refers to the voluntary departure of employees from the company >

Behavioural Competencies

Behaviour attributes (such as knowledge, skill, etc) that contributes to the growth of an >

Bereavement Leave

Paid time-off that employees can avail in the unfortunate event of >


It refers to excessive or prolonged stress caused due to emotional, physical >

Change Management

It is the systematic application of tools, knowledge, and resources to >


Refers to the commitment of any given business to follow the employment >


Refers to the total cost of recruiting and onboarding someone into the company, inclusive of >

Diversity & Inclusion

Also known as D&I, diversity refers to the representation of different people/communities in >

Employee Experience

Refers to what your company culture feels like to your >

Employer Branding

Refers to a company's reputation as an employer and is a reflection of >

Equity Theory

Also known as Adams' equity theory, it is based on the principle that >

Goal Setting

Process of identifying measurable goals and >

Key Performance Indicators

KPIs are key quantifiable indicators of progress that demonstrate >

Non-Disclosure Agreement

Also known as a confidentiality agreement, an NDA >

Performance Appraisal

Also referred to as a performance review, it forms an integral part >

Pulse Surveys

Pulse Surveys are employee feedback mechanisms that are generally >

Rewards & Recognition

Although often used interchangeably, rewards are transactional and recognition >

Succession Planning

A strategy to identify and develop future leaders >

Thought Leadership

A key strategy that focuses on establishing leaders as experts in their field >


In a business context, turnover can have more than one meaning >


Refers to the habitual non-presence (beyond compensated and/or sick or urgent leaves) >

Annual Leave

Refers to the paid time off allowed to the >

Background Screening

It involves verifying a candidate's education and employment history as stated on their >


The process of identifying the most successful practices in similar businesses and assimilating >

Big Data

The use of data sources to evaluate, enhance, and streamline practices such as >

Business Continuity Planning

It involves putting in procedures/plans in place in case of unforeseen events to >

Company Culture

Refers to the manner in which the workforce and administration in >

Core Competencies

Any attribute that contributes to the successful completion of tasks >

Disciplinary Procedure

A standardized procedure put in place by the company stating the process for dealing with a >

Employee Advocacy

Promotion/advertisement of a company/firm/organisation by its >

Employee Referral Program

It is a structured program in place within the company asking existing employees to >

Employer Value Proposition

Also known as an Employee Value Proposition, an EVP is the portfolio of rewards, support, recognition, values and culture that >


Refers to the usage of game mechanics/gaming techniques in non-game environments to >

Human Capital Management System

A comprehensive set of practices that organisations use to manage people. These practices are >

Key Result Areas

Also referred to as 'critical success factors' or 'key drivers of success', KRAs >


A process to orient a new employee into an organisation. This also includes >

Performance Management

A process that involves continuous feedback and communication between >

Retention Strategy

A robust plan that organisations create to reduce >

Selection Procedure

Refers to the steps involved in shortlisting and choosing >

Talent Retention

The ability of an organisation to retain high-performing employees through well-designed >

Total Compensation

The total monetary value that an organisation offers >


A combination of a person's physical, emotional, mental and >


It is the degree to which a product, environment or service is >

Artificial Intelligence

A field of computer science that aims to replicate human intelligence in >

Base Salary

Also known as Base Wage Rate, it is the minimum fixed amount of money paid for a job >

Benefits & Compensation

A systematic approach to cash or kind returns awarded to employees in exchange for >

Blended Workforce

Includes a variety of employees who are on different types of >

Career Pathing

Also known as Career Mapping, it refers to the positions that an employee moves through, as >

Competitive Advantage

Refers to the qualitative attributes that give the company an edge over >

Corporate Social Responsibility

A business strategy that is based on ethical principles and takes social & environmental conditions into >


Refers to any prejudice that results in unfair treatment of an employee at >

Employee Assistance Program

Structured programs or procedures that help your workforce deal with >

Employee Relations

Refers to an organisation's efforts to manage relationships between employers and >

Equal Employment Opportunity

An employment practice that safeguards the interests of job applicants >

Glass Ceiling

An invisible barrier that keeps qualified people >

Hybrid Workforce

A deliberate design that blends >

Learning Management Systems

An LMS is a software application that is used to create and share learning content >

Organisational Development

A science-based process that is aimed at >

Prevention of Sexual Harassment

The PoSH Act applies to workplaces in India, with a purpose to create >

Reverse Mentoring

A technique that is used to partner employees in a different way from traditional mentoring >

Sensitivity Training

A form of emotional training that is aimed at >

Tangible Rewards

Material rewards that a manager or employer >

Training & Development

A planned effort by an organisation to help improve the performance of individuals >

Work-Life Balance

The level of balance or healthy prioritization that people are able to strike/achieve between their >

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