Human Resources Is Less Gender Diverse Than You Think


Human resources is often perceived as one of the most female-friendly departments of any large company, but that assumption isn’t as accurate as you might think.

According to research from Korn/Ferry International, which tracks career movement in its database of 500 chief human resources officers (CHROs), men dominate HR leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies. In fact, 58% of CHROs are male.

In an emailed press release, Korn/Ferry International explained:

“Forty years ago, HR was considered mostly an administrative function. For that reason, many women would often be promoted from secretaries to human resource professionals — supporting the myth that women dominate the top ranks of HR. An even bigger myth is that HR is a leader in gender diversity in the C-suite.”

The reality of gender diversity in human resources is quite different than the perception. You can get more details by following the link below to the complete article from Human Resource Executive Online.

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