I hear this all the time.

I'll see if I have a resource available.

Perhaps an India resource can pick this up.

All my resources are busy.

But what they mean is

I'll see if anyone is available.

Perhaps someone in our Indian office can work on this.

All my supervisees are busy.

Why is 'resource' such a prevalent term for human being in the workplace? Is there any good reason?

  • Why the downvote?
    – sirdank
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 19:28
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    – David K
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 19:29
  • This is better for English Stackexchange. Note that some agencies, such as the CIA, also refer to people as "assets" (might be handy to know for asking your question over there). Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 19:53
  • I searched before posting but didn't find the other question. I'll leave this one (rather than delete it) because I think my title is easier to search for.
    – sirdank
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 20:41
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    I absolutely hate this. Had a team lead who would refer to me as a "resource" while I was in the same room. I wanted to say "I'm right here, and I have a name."
    – James Adam
    Commented Aug 10, 2015 at 12:41


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