I like to think I’m a bit of a new man. You know, in touch with my inner soft furnishings. I don’t just watch films about war and I’ve been to a musical. I can cook and get a lump in my throat watching Watership Down.
So much so, it seems that I could be mistaken for a woman.
This has happened to me once before when, in a bar in France, a lady who had consumed enough Pastis to intoxicate the entire Foreign Legion from behind a dune, tapped me on the shoulder and in a gravelly voice borne of smoking Gaulloises since the cradle, enquired, “mademoiselle?”.
That relationship never had a future………
More recently it has happened in the blogosphere, which doesn’t really surprise me as a lot of HR people are women a lot of bloggers are women…so combine the two and Bob’s your Auntie.
Anyway, it made me wonder this.
If we put aside the arguments about whether HR as a profession is any good or not for the moment and accept the stereotypes given to it (remember: we are as other people see us).
Is HR viewed as being un-commercial and ineffective because there are more women in it?
Or are women attracted to HR because its appeal is being less hard edged and commercial and more intuitive?
And is the only way to change the perceptions of HR to recruit more men and change its modus operandi?