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November 30, 2023
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Why Are Employee Resource Groups Important?

As an employer, it is essential to create a diverse and inclusive work environment. A diverse workforce can promote creativity and problem-solving, improve decision-making, increase productivity, improve job satisfaction, reduce employee turnover and improve a business’s reputation. One effective way to work toward a more inclusive workplace is through developing and utilizing employee resource groups (ERGs).

What Are Employee Resource Groups?

ERGs are employee-led groups that focus on supporting employees who share a common background, identity or interest to promote a sense of belonging in the workplace. The main goal of an ERG is to benefit employees’ well-being, which can improve the business as a whole.

What Are the Types of Employee Resource Groups?

The specific types and names of ERGs can vary from one organization to another, and some companies may have a combination of these groups or create ERGs based on emerging needs and interests within their workforce. ERGs are typically designed to foster a sense of belonging, professional development and advocacy for their members while contributing to the organization’s diversity and inclusion efforts.

The following are some types of ERGs:

  • Race
  • Nationality
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender
  • Social or economic causes
  • Hobbies or interests
  • Mental health conditions
  • Career development
  • Intersectional (e.g., women of color, LGBTQ parents)
  • Family and caregivers
  • Religion

These categories are not exhaustive, and every organization can create ERGs tailored to the unique characteristics and interests of their employees.

What Is the Role of Employee Resource Groups?

Employers typically initiate ERGs, but they are an employee-driven initiative. ERGs provide a space for employees to support each other and create a sense of community that may otherwise not exist in the workplace. ERGs can help employees connect and talk about their shared experiences and challenges. They may also be able to help promote change within the company or their community.

The following are some common goals of ERGs:

  • Maintain a platform for employees to share concerns as they arise
  • Connect group members to peers and mentors within the organization
  • Spread awareness for how individuals intersect with workplace issues
  • Increase cultural awareness in the workplace
  • Help employees feel accepted and valued
  • Increase employee engagement and overall job satisfaction
  • Help employers discover employees with leadership potential
  • Improve relationships between new and existing employees
  • Provide professional development opportunities

Contact Us for Employee Resource Groups

Contact the professionals at Lyceum Insurance Services for guidance on creating ERGs at your organization. We’re dedicated to helping organizations foster and maintain an optimal work environment.

This blog is intended for informational and educational use only. It is not exhaustive and should not be construed as legal advice. Please contact your insurance professional for further information.

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