The case against ‘human capital’ (Guest commentary)Term 'dehumanizes' and 'demeans' work of HR professionalsBy Diane Wiesenthal02/14/2011|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/11/2011 Last fall, I gave a presentation at the World HR Congress in Montreal where I asked my audience from around the world: “Who likes the term human capital?”One-half the room liked it (sort of) and the others hated it. I’m with the hate it group. Ordinarily, I don’t subscribe to the word “hate” but it’s entirely justified here because of its detrimental influence on our profession.Human capital is one of the most offensive terms in the HR language. You can’t put a price tag on people, like you would with a herd of cows, on a company asset sheet. But you can put a price tag on the work environment — and there is a profound difference, with enormous implications for the future of our profession. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.