This guest post is authored by Tim Sacket, SPHR. Tim is the EVP of HRU Technical Resources in Lansing, MI. Tim loves everything talent acquisition and believes every corporate recruitment department in America can and must get better.
Women of HR. Really?
When did we get to a point in our society when the majority thought it was a good idea to start a specialty group and brand themselves as a minority?
The only thing women in HR are minorities of is, maybe, a paycheck. Ouch. That one probably hit a little too close to home and my wife said I’d better be nice on this piece.
Seriously, I think Women of HR is almost the anti-SHRM in that they are a collection of mostly women that get HR. The Women of HR get the business of HR and how to use the people practices of their organization to drive organizational results – not just HR results.
Men Of and In HR
You know what might work out really well? Men of HR. Oh wait, that didn’t go to0 well the first time around and might be the single most disturbing (and at the same time the single funniest) HR related activity by HR “pros” that I’ve ever seen. The Men of HR is what happens when you put men in charge of trying to put together a voice of a minority group in the HR world – a miserable failure.
What actually might work is for the Women of HR to start a “brother” group, ran by women, who just tell the men what to write and say. It’s probably closer to the reality of what actually happens to most male HR pros in their lives anyway.
Words of Advice
One small word of advice to the Women of HR, if you’re going to jump – jump all the way.
Lose the dudes and embrace all that is female. You’re women, you’re in HR and that’s what we want to hear. We don’t want to hear from a dude who wants to write about what women might think they’d like him to say.
Put up more posts on chocolate and cats and Dancing with the Stars. I want to see posts on why the day after the Dancing with the Stars final airs is the best day to hire. That’s riveting stuff.
Actually, I take back what I said above. You need one guy to allow you to say crap about men but play it off like you’re just bantering with the one male writing member on staff (perception is reality) and my advice is that you get a guy so emasculated that it’s almost like having another chick on staff . Not one like the Diet Coke guy but one more like Perez Hilton with some HR background. Sorry, I’m too busy to accept. (Actually, I’m not too busy – my wife just won’t let me.)
Keep Up The Fight
Remember, keep branding yourself as a minority in the majority world. People really don’t pay attention so it will work. Please, no Women of HR calendars. The last thing we need is to see Laurie Ruettimann with cats covering certain parts on the month of February. And skip all the dudes – except one.
Keep fighting the man and by the “man” I mean the 7% of male HR counterparts you have in the industry.
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