Does HR really need more men?

The gender imbalance is pronounced, but maybe that’s a good thing
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/02/2009

Walk into any HR department or conference and you’ll likely encounter a sea of women — a perception backed up by Statistics Canada data that shows 72 per cent of those employed in HR are female. Is this a concern? Yes, according to one-half of respondents to a Pulse Survey of 1,354 HR professionals conducted in September by Canadian HR Reporter and the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). And just as many — 51 per cent — feel the HR profession should actively recruit more men.

“Because the workforce is not skewed one way or another, there’s a mix and it’s appropriate to have more male representation,” says Deborah Scott, Mississauga, Ont.-based director of HR at Panasonic Canada.

But it’s difficult to deal with this issue when the whys and wherefores are not really clear, such as how this disparity came to be and why exactly it is a matter that needs to be addressed.