Have Females Taken Over the HR Industry?
Way back in 2012, a study by Forbes stated that 70% of the HR profession is dominated by women. If you read through the lines, this fact is not without historical backing. But things are different these days. Although there are definitely more females in Human Resources worldwide, it’s more of the perception of the field which makes most men opt out of it. Most people are of the opinion that the role of an HR is more of a ‘caring role’ and that is why a lot of males tend to think it’s not for them.
What’s with the perception?!
Many people see a correlation of the skills of an HR with the traits usually found in women. To elaborate on it, here are a couple of points to ponder upon:
More empathy and better interpersonal skills: It is said that the HR profession demands a person who has advanced interpersonal skills along with empathetic skills, both of which are important to resolve disputes at work or while negotiating contracts - women demonstrate these qualities more than men.
The job role of an HR is said to possess stereotypical women’s traits: Many tend to think that the job role of an HR is limited to making sound judgment in terms of recruitment and employee engagement that a woman can do better than a man.
But is it true?
To start with, people need to understand that the role an HR is not one-dimensional.
The HR domain is thought to be people-based and empathetic rather than analytical or data-driven. People need to understand the fact that the role of HR is not just being nice to the employees; it involves a lot of other key areas of responsibility as well.
An HR professional needs to understand how employees work in a company and also manage problems related to relocation and redundancies, among other things. He/she should also be good at promoting a strong work culture and willing to help people through work-related problems. Hence, HR is a good profession both for women and men, and not limited to women as many tend to believe.
The industry is seeing a positive sea of change
The perception that the ‘HR industry is only for women’ is slowly but surely changing. More and more men are entering the field as they come to recognize the multi-dimensional nature of a field like Human resources. People have also started understanding the full extent of an HR’s role.
Like it is for any other job function, while recruiting an HR professional, an organization should focus on finding the right fit for the HR role, irrespective of the fact that the candidate is a male or a female.
Through information and insights, we need to break the perception that only females are well-suited for the HR industry. Both men and women can pursue a career in HR, and should. Your gender doesn’t define how well-equipped you are for the role; your competence does.