Employee Resource / Affinity Groups and Diversity Business Networks. There is growing recognition of the value these networks bring to an organization and its employees. With our vast experience with multiple Fortune 500 companies, NEGRON Consulting can help you, whether you are starting a network for the first time, looking to expand upon your core group of networks, or seeking to re-energize long existing networks.
What are ERGs?
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are comprised of employees who are linked by social factors such as culture, gender, sexual orientation, or by a common interest or goal within an organization.
The characteristics of these networks typically also include serving as a resource to other employees and the larger organization, and being inclusive and open to all employees.
Typical groups that have formed include, but are not limited to Asian, Black/African-American, Generations, Hispanic/Latino, LGBT, People with Disabilities, Religion/Faith-Based, Veterans, Women.
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Organizational Role of Employee Resource Groups
High performing employee resource networks contribute to achieving the company’s business goals and results.
Support company’s vision and contribute to business results
Contribute to the overall diversity & inclusion plan and structure
Provide community outreach
Internal consultant - how to market and sell to their communities
Assist in recruiting and retaining a diverse work force
Promote professional development
Provide exposure to senior leadership
Promote advancement of its members
Provide a more honest / realistic perspective than most outside focus groups
Collaboratively (across groups) solve problems and help drive innovation
Some of the values for joining or having an ERG at your company
Employee Resource Groups "get" the customers and the diverse talent you want to attract; they help further develop client relationships, through ERG (social) events
Creating collaborative opportunities with similar ERGs at other non-competing companies, thus tapping into best practices resources
Serving as mentoring circles, helping bridge cultural gaps, building the careers of those getting started in the field/company - "navigating the company's cultural landscape"
Building / improving an understanding of the workplace / corporate environment expectations, without giving up one's cultural identity - "not checking who you are at the door"
NEGRON Consulting offers a wide-range of Organizational and Leadership Development services, assessment tools, and workshops. To better identify and quantify the needed baseline information, we work closely with our clients to understand their targeted outcomes, and then evaluate and recommend the appropriate instrument.
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Diversity Business Networks (DBNs), Affinity Groups, and Business Resource Groups can play a key roll in an organization's Diversity & Inclusion, Human Resources, Leadership Development, Employee Engagement, Mentoring, Talent Acquisition & Retention, Organization Business Strategy, Meeting Client Needs, Building Diversity, and Respect.
To explore the resources these groups can provide to both the employees (of this and the next generations’ leaders) and the organization (across silos), and the pathway it is creating from Diversity to the next phase, Inclusion, please click on the appropriate link below.
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