One of my new clients surprised me today by saying that he was looking for new staff and that he would only employ women.
He has a successful business in Norway that only employs women. The new positions in UK are key sales roles.
I did mention to him this was discriminatory and he would be breaking EU law. He just disregarded my comment.
His reasons for employing only women are:
- His customers are middle aged men who prefer to deal with women
- Women are more loyal
- Women are not selfish and generally not there just for the kill.
The question I asked myself as my practice builds up, should I do the same? It is tempting but I would not do this. This is not for any legal, moral or ethical grounds. It is simply because it would be more commercial to have a mixed team. My experience has proved that a mixture of people in a team is good for creativity, productivity and staff motivation.
Having said all this, I hope the all important criteria for me would be is the person the right fit for the job? Sex, creed or race should not come into this. In the end I am human and may just go for the looks! I hope not.
Can you share your experience of working in a single sex or mixed teams? Do you have a preference?