[pɚ sə `nɛɫ]
Stress the third syllable, which is pronounced [`nɛɫ], which is like the woman’s name “Nel,” which is short for “Nellie.”
In the first syllable pronounce the letters “er” as the weak R-Vowel/ɚ/ .
Pronounce the letter “o” as the weak schwa vowel/ə/.
|You need to go to the Personnel Department.|
|We need more personnel for this project.|
(noun) All of the employees or workers taken together as a whole.
Some confuse this word with “personal,” which is the adjectival form of person—”This is a personal matter” versus “This is a personnel matter.” This word is a collective noun which takes a plural verb (Our personnel are affected adversely by the schedule changes) and is similar in this respect to “people” and “police.”