HR?’
‘Human Resources.’
‘In Brussels that kind of department is referred to as the Office for Personkind Enablement. Resources sounds like something you dig out of the ground.

– Peter F. Hamilton, Great North Road

It is interesting that in many companies people are still talked about in the same way as machines or as resources. How you press a button on a machine usually does not matter. If you press it lightly or hard, the machine will start either way. But if you try to talk to a person your tone of voice and the words you use matter a lot for the end result.