The term “human capital” has evolved away from being a “coldly euphemistic way to mean ’labor force,’” away from being an “even colder [meaning of] calculating causalities of war” to mean “something broader than ‘workforce,’” according to Merriam-Webster1. It is in this broader context that The HQ Companies have embraced the term in our new tag line:
“All About Human Capital for Board Growth, Career Growth, & Corporate Growth.”
The new definition is:
"Human capital is the skills, knowledge, and experience possessed by an individual or population, viewed in terms of their intangible and tangible value or cost to an organization, a person, or a country."
Intangible values or costs refer to those related to non-monetary, albeit equally important, factors, such as personality, emotional intelligence, group dynamics, organizational culture, etc. Tangible values or costs refer to economic “labor force” or monetary factors that we all know so well.
The “HQ” in The HQ Companies stands for “Highest Quality.” Combine the meaning of “HQ” with the new definition of human capital and The HQ Companies’ focus becomes clear. The HQ Companies are all about:
It’s what we do at The HQ Companies on the personal level, at the board, and at the corporate level—in print, on social media, and one-on-one and for groups/departments/organizations.
Here’s to our new website—check out www.TheHQCompanies.com—and our new tag line, designed to be more aligned with this digitally transformed era. Please feel free to contact Kathy Graham, Founder of The HQ Companies, at 630.466.7095 or Graham@TheHQCompanies.com any time. We’re looking forward to hearing and sharing with you insights and knowledge on a regular basis.
1“Words We’re Watching: ‘Human Capital’: More Than the Sum of Its Parts.” www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/human-capital-definition.