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Employee Resource Groups have been around since the 1960's, but the political unrest that came with the year 2020 put ERG's back into the spotlight.
The term "Employee Resource Group" is up 150% on Google search rankings than it was this time last year.On the back of protests in the U.S. over the murder of George Floyd, and the subsequent wave of black squares on Instagram, we began a broader conversation about how organizations can tangibly create safe spaces and pathways of access for Black people. Employee Resource Groups could be those places.
Seldom do these groups come with funding, access to resources or leadership support. And even when companies are on board, existing bureaucracies often inadvertently halt progress. The truth is, without the support of executive leadership, alignment between ERGs and business needs, and a clear reward and recognition pathway, ERG's are paths that lead only to burnout and employee resentment.
Why spin your wheels trying to do something as important as starting an Employee Resource Group at your organization? The Affinity Guide is a 40 page Playbook For Launching Effective Employee Resource Groups and it comes with a 60 minute Affinity Workshop that covers:
Learn what Employee Resource Groups are, how they benefit organizations, and what structures, processes, and understandings need to be in place to support a new ERGl
Determine what function your Employee Resource Group will serve and gather an initial team to create charter documentation, put together a roadmap, and formalize the scope and remit of your group.
Get an Executive Sponsor for your Employee Resource Group, determine your communication strategy and spread the word!
Fold a recognition and reward structure into serving as a member of your Employee Resource Group., troubleshoot membership issues, and set future members up for success.
Grab the Organization ERG Readiness Audit to determine exactly what holes your organization needs to fill in order to facilitate the growth of an effective Employee Resource Group.
The first step to doing anything properly is assessing where you are, and launching an Employee Resource Group is no different. Grab our free Audit tool to assess where your organization ranks on the ERG Readiness scale. Doing so will help you assess what next steps to take in launching your ERG.
This free tool will help you assess how ready your organization is to implement an effective Employee Resource Group. The tool asks you to score your organization against 4 assessment areas, and across 3 focus groups that are crucial to the long term success of your group.
The 4 areas that the Readiness Audit assesses are (1) Existing DEI Strategy, (2) Bureaucracy (3) Cross-functional Communications, (4) Accountability + Reward
The Readiness Audit looks at each of the 4 assessment areas and asks questions to determine what support is in place at the Executive, Manager, and Individual Contributor level.
BLACK | MILLENNIAL | SHE/THEY
I've been an admin working with organizations to help my teammates enjoy coming to work for over 10 years. Recently, I have taken to hosting virtual bookclubs, lunch & learns, and other ERG programming in an attempt to create more tangible proof of equity at work. I specialize in event planning, internal communications, and content creation.