HR Terms

Glossary of HR Terms starting with Alphabet T

Talent Management: Broadly defined as the implementation of an integrated strategies or system designed to increase workplace productivity by developing improved processes for attracting, developing, retaining and utilizing people with the required skills and aptitude to meet current and future business needs.

Talent management system: A system that addresses competency gaps, particularly in mission-critical occupations, by implementing and maintaining programs to attract, acquire,develop,promote, and retain quality talent.

Tagout: Refers to signs or labels attached to equipment to warn others not to activate it.

Tangible rewards: Rewards that can be physically touched or held (i.e., a gift certificate, gifts in the form of merchandise or a savings bond.)

Tardiness: Refers to time lost when employees report to work late.

Targeted interview: When the interviewer asks each applicant questions from the same knowledge, skill, or ability area; the questions, however, are not necessarily the same; also called a pattered interview.

Task: A distinct, identifiable work activity composed of motions.

Task analysis: Involves defining standards and conditions of a particular task and identifying the distinguishing factors between tasks.

Task competencies: The specific activities and tasks that make up a particular job.

Task force: Temporary grouping of personnel and resources for the accomplishment of a specific objective, generally important, long-term strategic issues.

Task identity: The extent to which the job includes a “whole” identifiable unit of work that is carried out from start to finish and that results in a visible outcome.

Task significance: Compensation plan used to protect expatriates from negative tax consequences.

Tax reform act: Act that made significant changes in employee benefit programs, especially retirement plan.

Team building: A training program designed to assist a group of people to work together  as a team while they are learning.

Team work: Described as the practice of individuals working together in order to bring a variety of talents and experiences to achieve a common goal.

Technical managers: Managers who are responsible for translating the general goals and plans developed by strategic managers into more specific objectives and activities.

Telecommuting: Working from a remote location ( often one’s home workstation) using computers, telephones, facsimile machines and other remote capabilities, rather than commuting via automobile or other mode of transportation to and from an employer’s work site to perform equivalent work.

Teleconferencing: A conference established between two or more people or groups of people who are in different locations; made possible by the use of such telecommunications equipment as closed-circuit television.

Temporary employee: An individual who works on either short or long term assignments with an employer without being treated as permanent employee and lacking the benefits of permanent employees. Normally utilized by employers to meet seasonal or other demands that they do not have the internal resources to meet.

Temporary restraining order: Restraining and/or protective orders are examples of orders issued by a court restraining the conduct of an individual and protecting a victim from the activities of an abusive person.

Temp-to-perm: The process of hiring employees on a temporary basis, usually through a temporary staffing agency, with the understanding that if the individual’s performance meets or exceeds expectations, he or she will be offered a permanent position within the organization.

Termination: Separation from employment due to a voluntary resignation, layoff, retirement or dismissal.

Termination-at-will: A rule allowing an employee or employer to terminate the employment relationship at any time for any or no reason at all.

Termination date: Normally the last date actually worked by an employee; however, for employers with accrued leave programs, paid leave programs, benefit continuation programs or severance pay programs which go beyond the last day worked, the termination date would be the date at which accruals, paid leave, benefit continuation or severance continuation ceases.

Termination interview: A discussion between a manager and an employee about the employee’s dismissal.

Theory X: States that some people have an inherent dislike for work and will avoid it whenever possible. These people need to be controlled and coerced by their managers to achieve production.

Theory Y: Assumes that people have a psychological need to work and want achievement and responsibility. A manager’s role with these people is to help them achieve their potential.

Think tank: A group organized for the purpose of intensive research and problem solving, especially in the areas of technology, social or political strategy, or demographics.

Third-country national: An employee who is a citizen of one country, working in a second country, and employed by an organization headquartered in a third country.

Third-party sexual harassment: Harassment of an employee by someone other than another employee, such as a client, customer, vendor or service provider.

Time management: The discipline of utilizing time efficiently and well in order to achieve professional, personal or organizational objectives.

Top management: The strategic managers responsible for the entire organization; usually includes the CEO, president, and vice presidents.

Total compensation: The complete pay package awarded employees on an annual basis, including all forms of money, benefits, services and in-kind payments.

Total quality management: A comprehensive management process focusing on the continuous improvement of organizational activities to enhance the quality of the goods and services supplied.

Total remuneration: The amount of monetary and non monetary value to an employee of all the elements in the employment packages, as well as any other intrinsic or extrinsic rewards of value to the employee.

Trade secret: A trade secret consists of any formula, pattern, device or compilation of information used in one’s business, which gives the business an opportunity to obtain an advantage over competitors who do not know or use it.

Trailing spouse: A term used to describe the spouse of an employee who has been transferred or relocated.

Training: A process whereby people acquire capabilities to aid in the achievement of organizational goals.

Training aids: Any form of audio or visual materials used for training purposes.

Training and development: A process dealing primarily with transferring or obtaining knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to carry out a specific activity or task.

Training needs analysis: A method used to determine what people need to learn and which training programs may be beneficial. The result of the analysis is a training needs report identifying training needs and the interventions needed to reduce key performance gaps.

Transfer: Moving an employee from one position, shift or department to another within the organization.

Transformational leadership: A systematic form of leadership focusing on change and innovation. According to Bernard Bass, it is a form of leadership occurring when leaders “broaden and elevate the interests of their employees, when they generate awareness and acceptance of the purposes and the mission of the group and when they stir their employees to look beyond their own self-interest for the good of the group.”

Transitional employment: Provides alternative work arrangements, such as temporary light or modified duty, for employees who have been absent from the workplace as a result of illness or injury and who have been released by their medical provider to return to work.

Transition stay bonus: Extra payment for those employees whose jobs are being eliminated, there-by motivating them to remain with the organization for a period of time.

Transgender: A term applied to an individual whose physical appearance and behaviors do not conform to traditional gender roles.

Travel pay: Typically paid to nonexempt workers for the time they spend traveling to or between work assignments.

Trend analysis: The process of forecasting an organization’s staffing needs by analyzing past employment patterns in order to identify trends that may be expected to continue.

Tuition assistance: A  program designed to provide financial assistance to employees taking educational courses at an accredited college or university.

Turnover: Normally expressed as a percentage and is computed as follows: Number of separations/Total number in the workforce=Turnover.



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