November 2, 2012
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Guru recently posted about the difficulties of finding male applicants for HR jobs, and it is self-evident that most HR practitioners are women; according to the CIPD, in 2011, 70% of its members were female.
With that being the case, why is it that 75% of People Management’s top 20 power tweeters are men?
Guru doesn’t know the answer. Eagled-eyed readers will have noted that Guru somehow escaped the title “power tweeter”, possibly by virtue of being too busy doing HR to spend all day bleating about it, or cupcakes or whatever else these powerful tweeters deem worthy of conversation. Perhaps the 70% of HR professionals who are so seriously under-represented by the list face the same problem.
Seeking other explanations, if Guru were to play amateur psychologist, he might suggest that a lot of the Twitter traffic is taken up with men having what are essentially chats over a forum that allows them to advertise how clever and witty they are, whereas women may be more likely to have these conversations with real people when they have a rare free moment.
If Guru were playing amateur social commentator, he might suggest that these power tweeters are often in positions of power in HR, perhaps having benefited from a culture in which it is and has been rather easier for men to get ahead.
Whatever the reason, we’re left with a list that does not reflect the make-up of the profession it purports to represent, and one wonders how detrimental it might be to look to Twitter for the true voice of HR. In Guru’s experience, the voice of HR is much more quietly spoken than and far less successful at self-promotion than those represented by the list. Guru is certainly grateful it’s this voice he gets to hear every day.