Human Resources Vocabulary – Business Vocab Series

Here is post number four in the Business Vocab Series. This one is focused on vocabulary for Human Resources and People Management and will give you a strong basis for discussing people in relation to the organization, performance, the personality traits related to (under) performance, development of talent, etc.

*I would like to emphasize that if you work in ANY position in a corporate environment, be it marketing, finance, engineering or other, you will need to know the vocabulary of ALL the different areas in your company. That’s because you never work isolated. Even when you are in a meeting about one specific topic, for example, a meeting that is about  a new product launch, you will need to be able to talk about everything that envolves this new product. Key topics in such a meeting would be if the legal aspects are in order, if the contracts and lead times of all the suppiers of raw material okay, what the graphics of the packaging will be, what the price, costs, profits and revenues are, if the production line and logistics for the new product are ready, how distribution channels and customers will be communicated about it, etc. Of course, you don’t need to be a specialist in all of these topics, but you need to know the essential vocabulary of all areas to be able to really understand what people are saying in the meeting and to be able to contribute with your insights.

I hope you make good use of the list. Let me know if you there is a word that isn’t on the list and you believe should be.

(*note repeated in every post of this series)

HUMAN RESOURCES VOCABULARY DEFINITION (Portuguese) & SAMPLE SENTENCE
recruitment recrutamento
“The recruitment agency found her for us.”
talent development desenvolvimento de talentos
“It’s hard to find people that are 100% ready for current and future jobs, therefore we work on talent development.”
competence / ability /capability competencia / habilidade / capacidade
“Although she has the competence, she doesn’t seem to be motivated.”
compensation package / salary + benefits salario + beneficios
“Harry moved to another company due to the competitive compensation package that they offered.”
minimum wage salario minimo
“It’s hard to find good people when you only offer minimum wage for this job.”
employee, colleague, coworker funcionario, colega, colega
“The company has over 2500 employees worldwide.”
employer empregador
“It’s the employer’s responsibility to have all the documentation in order.”
motivation motivação
“Research shows that employee motivation is strongly influenced by the employee-supervisor relationship.”
coaching coaching
“When I faced challenges at work I found a coach to help me advance.”
training treinamento
“Every new employee goes through a week of training.”
course curso
“I took a course on sales presentations to get better at it.”
education educação
“In Brazil the level of the education differs highly from university to university.”
to hire / to fire / to quit admitir / demitir / pedir demissão
“We hired and then fired him a month later.”
feedback feedback
“Henrick provides weekly and sometimes daily feedback to his team members.”
payroll folha de pagamentos
“Sarah is responsible for the payroll.”
unemployed desempregado
“Kendra is currently unemployed, but before that she worked for 3M for 12 years.”
references referencias
“It’s always a good idea to check references before hiring somebody.”
first aid primeiro socorro
“We have 5 first aid kits spread out across the plant.”
role papel, posição ou função a exercer
“It’s a manager’s role to motivate his team and make it very clear what everyone has to do.”
background historico de uma pessoa ou situação
“He has a strong background in finance.”
to be good at sales / to be bad at public speaking ser bom em vendas / ser ruim em falar em publico
“He’s great at selling to new clients but bad at delivering those. So he needs some help with that.”
to have rapport, build rapport identificação, empatia e ou respeito entre pessoas
“Before you try to close the sale, you need to build rapport with people.”
personality traits, features, characteristics caracteristicas de personalidade…
“It can be hard to truly identify somebody’s personality.”
candidate candidato
“I liked the first candidate best.”
meritocracy meritocracia
“A lot of companies believe in meritocracy and therefore tie bonuses to individual performance.”
politics jogo politico dentro das empresas
“I don’t like politics but sometimes you need to take part in it to get things done.”
responsible, accountable, to hold accountable responsavel, responsavel, responsabilizar
“He hasn’t performed well in years. Now finally they are holding him accountable and he’ll probably leave the company.”
absenteeism conceito e não estar presente no trabalho nos dias e horarios combinados
“Absenteeism has gone down since the training and motivation programs.”
performance appraisal, evaluation avaliação de performance na posição
“We have performance appraisals twice a year.”
attitude atitude
“Attitude is what makes the difference.”
mindset forma de pensar, ponto de vista
“Our mindset is different from that of most cultures and new employees need to get used to that.”
bachelor’s degree, undergraduate degree bacharelado
“Helen has a bachelor’s in Engineering and a master’s in Business Administration.”
master’s degree, graduate degree mestrado
“Helen has a bachelor’s in Civil Engineering and a master’s in Business Administration.”
major / minor na faculdade a area da sua formação é o major, o minor é um assunto que estudou também mas menos.
“Helen has a major in Civil Engineering and a minor in Chemistry.”
founder, co-founder, entrepreneur fundador, co-fundador, empreendedor
“He is a serial entrepreneur who has been the founder or co-founder of 12 companies.”
intern / internship estagiario, estagio
“We hire around 10 interns per year and about 5 of them stay with us after the internship.”
trainee / traineeship colaborador que passa por um processo de rotação de função e treinamento, o programa em si
“Claire started as a trainee after she graduated from college.”
smart / intelligent / bright / fast on her feet esperto / inteligente / pensa e age rapido, ligero
“We are always looking for bright people  who are fast on their feet.”
dumb / stupid / slow / not very smart não inteligente / não inteligente / não inteligente / não inteligente
“He’s a slow, but a very loyal employee.”
honest / trustable / reliable / trustworthy honesto / confiavel / confiavel / confiavel
“It’s hard to work with somebody you believe is not reliable.”
dishonest / a liar desonesto / um mentiroso
“I suspect that she is dishonest about what ideas came from her and which ideas came from her team.”
committed / dedicated / loyal / hard working comprometido / dedicado / leal / trabalhador
“He’s committed to his work.”
laid-back / relaxed / calm / lazy tranquilo / tranquilo / calmo / preguisoso
“Kevin isn’t lazy, however he is laid-back and that’s why some people may think he is lazy.”
confident / self-confident / assertive confiante / confiante / assertivo
“Jason is very confident.”
stubborn / hard headed cabeça dura
“It’s difficult to say where persistent ends and stubborn begins.”
open-minded / a good listener cabeça aberta / um bom ouvinte
“If you want to be a good coach you need to be a good listener.”
humble / insecure humilde / inseguro
“Paul comes from a very humble family.”
pro-active / dynamic / flexible / entrepreneurial proativo / dinamico / flexivel / empreendedor
“Being entrepreneurial is a good trait, even when you don’t want to work for yourself.”
sensitive / emotional / fragile / weak / submissive sensível / emocional / fragil / fraco / submisso
“Everybody has a weak spot.”
strong / dominant / rude / pushy forte / dominante / rude / aggressivo
“She has a strong personality and can sometimes be a little pushy.”
thoughtful / analytical / careful / organized / a control freak pensativo / analitico / cuidadoso / organizado / controlador demais
“Mariana is very analytical and at times she can be a bit of a control freak.”
decisive / spontaneous / impulsive / reckless / disorganized decisivo / espontaneo / impulsivo / sem consideração de perigo qualquer / desorganizado
“Being sponteneous is great but being reckless isn’t.”
precise / accurate preciso
“To need to be very precise with your words when you write a contract.”
resilient / resourceful resiliente / a qualidade de se virar para encontrar os recursos, meios ou ideias para alcançar o que quer
“Research has found that resilient people do better than people with high IQ or social skills.”
ambitious ambicioso
“Ambitious people tend to work till late.”
patient paciente
“He isn’t patient, but he has a lot of technical bagage and he’s dedicated to his work.”
inspiring / motivational / charismatic inspirador / motivador / carismatico
“The public speaker is quite charismatic.”
communicative / to have good communication skills comunicativo / ter boas habilidades de relacionamento
“For this role you need to have good communication skills.”
sociable / friendly / nice sociavel / amigavel
“She is quite sociable and that helps her in sales and making new contacts.”