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HRM CA | 29 Apr 2014, 04:42 AM Agree 0
An impassioned debate has exploded in the HR blogosphere after an HR director suggested that CEOs hire young blonde females into HR roles because they ‘lack the experience to challenge’ the CEOs.
  • Ruben Benmergui BA, MIR, LLM, CHRP | 29 Apr 2014, 12:19 PM Agree 0
    Wrong focus. Many layers to this problem. At the nefarious root of this accusation is indeed the grain of truth that HR Professionals have not attained the equivalent professional status of our colleagues (we're working on it). Combine this with extensively held contempt by CEOs for the HR role (a 40 year observation), and you may indeed have zippy MBA CEOs hiring on whatever basis they want in filling HR roles--"Yes" people; people who fall into HR because "they like people"; "HR heads who are really in maintenance/transactional roles; dual role people whose role is HR/Facilities, HR/PR managers; people parked in HR as a form of purgatory; pre-retirement HR roles for Sales Managers and on and on.. and oh yeah if they run into a serious HR management issue, emphasize the HR Law aspect and call your lawyer who vicariously runs the function anyway.

    Influential "blondes" (if true in that part of the world) or brunettes or macho HR henchmen are only a symptom.
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