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Five ways ERGs support workplace inclusion

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are vital when it comes to supporting workplace inclusion. Below are some of the key ways that ERGs can contribute:

1. By fostering a sense of belonging

ERGs can create safe spaces where employees from diverse backgrounds can feel comfortable sharing experiences and supporting one another. This can translate into a higher representation of diverse backgrounds and identities among leadership, as people feel more empowered to show up authentically. 

2. By driving cultural awareness and education

ERGs can play a large role in helping to raise awareness of and promote education around different cultures represented in the workplace. For example, an Asia Pacific ERG might host a lunch and learn session during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, during which employees could network and learn. 

3. By providing career development opportunities

ERGs often offer mentoring, networking, and leadership development opportunities to their members. In addition, ERGs can provide an opportunity for members to take on informal leadership roles and gain access to senior leaders within the organization. 

4. Informing workplace policy and strategy

ERGs can help drive organizational transformation by informing policies related to workplace inclusion. One way this can happen is through executive sponsorship, whereby ERG leaders work closely with a senior business leader who helps guide, advise, and advocate for the ERG at the leadership table. By partnering closely with Human Resources and senior business leaders, ERGs can help to make sure that policies and processes are designed in a way that takes into account the unique experiences and needs of their community. 

5. By enhancing employee recruitment and retention

ERGs can play a significant role in attracting and retaining diverse and underrepresented talent. In fact, more than 76% of job seekers consider diversity an important factor when evaluating a job offer, and companies with active ERGs are better positioned to meet these expectations.

Ian Waltman
Jul 4, 2024

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