the people who make up an organization's workforce
Human resources are the people who make up the workforce of an organization, business sector, or economy.
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- Efficient exploitation of “human resources” requires that the structures that refer the others’ actions to the exploiter’s ends must extend beneath the victim’s skin. The exploiter has to bring about the partial disintegration and re(mis)integration of the others’ matter, parts and properties so that as organized systems the exploited are oriented to some degree by habits, skills, schedules, values and tastes to the exploiter’s ends rather than, as they would otherwise be, to ends of their own. In particular, the manipulations which adapt the exploited to a niche in another’s economy must accomplish a great reduction of the victim’s intolerance of coercion.
- Marilyn Frye, "In and Out of Harm's Way: Arrogance and Love," in The Politics of Reality: Essays in Feminist Theory (1983), p. 60