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    spar with

    Hello,

    could you please tell me what "sparring with" means in the following sentence:

    The said department is responsible for the development of the organisational structure and processes that will ensure efficient decision-making, recruitment and expertise sparring with local HR employees.

    Thank you very much.

    Hanka

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    Re: spar with

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanka View Post
    Hello,
    could you please tell me what "sparring with" means in the following sentence:
    The said department is responsible for the development of the organisational structure and processes that will ensure efficient decision-making, recruitment and expertise sparring with local HR employees.
    Thank you very much.
    Hanka
    This sounds very odd to me. 'Sparring with' is 'having a mock fight, usually for the purpose of training'. A boxer has a 'sparring partner'.
    In my experience of HR departments, dealing with them can sometimes be quite a challenge. Perhaps the department in question ('the said department' - itself a bit of an odd phrase in this context) has the job of making dealings with HR run more smoothly (with a jocular reference to the sort of "fights" involved. That, or it's just a misprint - but what of, I can't think).
    b

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