I’m a Human Resources Director and I have a seat at the table. Every word I say at that table represents more than just me.The job isn’t for everyone.
A job loss, no matter how or why it happened, is emotional. In addition to the loss of income, the kick to a person’s confidence can leave a job seeker feeling vulnerable and susceptible to bad advice – and that scares me.
As HR pros, we are supposed to help ensure that there is a clear line of sight between an employee’s effectiveness and his or her ability to do well at our organizations. Let’s work together to help company managers disentangle their own gender conformity preferences from the requirements of the job, and the companies we help lead.
W.C. Fields once said, “It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.” It may be bad form to quote this misanthrope for a posting on the Women of HR but there are lessons to be learned from everybody.
Many employees struggle with the issue of child care. It effects both men and women, but I see it more often with the female gender. Family responsibilities are not a male or female issue. They are a human issue. As in most situations, clear and honest communication makes it easier.