HR Glossary for Human Resource Terms

Welcome to our HR Glossary! From ‘Applicant Tracking System’ to ‘Zero-hour contracts’, our HR professionals have written a comprehensive list of human resource terminology for seasoned professionals to managers or anyone just looking to learn more. Words are more than mere definitions—they are the keys to unlocking potential, driving change, and understanding the nuances of managing and motivating people.



Earned Income Credit (EIC)

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)



EEO-1 Survey

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

Emotional Intelligence


Employee Advocacy

Employee Assessments

Employee Assistance Program

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits Administration

Employee Clearance

Employee Database

Employee Deductions

Employee Empowerment

Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement in HR

Employee Evaluation

Employee Feedback

Employee Handbook

Employee Lifecycle

Employee Management

Employee Management Software

Employee Net Promoter Score

Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS)

Employee Onboarding

Employee Orientation

Employee Referral Program

Employee Relations

Employee Relations:

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

Employee Retention

Employee Retention Tax Credit

Employee Satisfaction

Employee Satisfaction Survey

Employee Self Service

Employee Self-Service Portal

Employee Turnover

Employee Type

Employee Value Proposition (EVP)

Employer Brand

Employer Branding

Employer Identification Number (EIN)

Employer Payroll Taxes

Employer Value Proposition

Employment at Will

Employment Contract

Employment History

Employment Law

Employment Status

Engagement Strategy

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Environmental Scan

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

Equal Pay


Equity Theory

Equity vs Equality


Essential Job Functions

Evidence of Insurability

Ex Gratia Payment

Executive Compensation

Exempt Employee

Exempt Position

Exempt vs. Non-Exempt


Exit Interview


Extrinsic Reward



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