“Human Resources” is an insidious term that enables managers and administrators to regard workers as a commodity—removable, replaceable, transferrable—like bushels of coal, instead of as sentient beings. It encourages the business, as an entity unto itself, to regard employees as cells in the business organism: useful, but not to be worried over when they are expended.
The “HR” department used to be called “Personnel,” recognizing the persons. Or “Staffing,” the activity the department carries out. Or “Hiring.”
I hear managers say, “The project needs more resources,” meaning people, not office supplies. “We need to budget for another resource.” You’re talking about a thinking, feeling person who provides attention for your tasks. Have more respect than to commoditize the living humans who work for you.
“We reduced our headcount.” “We implemented a reduction in force.” “We downsized.” These mean that you cut off people’s income. If you did it to improve the bottom line for your company, keep in mind that you have pulled the bottom line out from under the people whose jobs you ended.