are employees, personnel, or the workforce of an organization. The term has become increasingly fashionable in recent years and expresses the view that employees are a resource that must be harnessed and managed effectively alongside the other resources used by business organizations, such as capital, property, raw materials, and energy. Partly for this reason some commentators are unhappy with this description of the workforce because it expresses the view of labour as a mere commodity or factor of production. Reflecting this unhappiness, some firms that aspire to practise soft HRM refer to the employees as associates, members, partners, or stakeholders.
Subjects: Human Resource Management.