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Employee Resource Groups

 Human resources teams that support employee resource groups (ERGs) gain partners in fostering employee engagement. These groups can also help counter the spike in employee turnover known as the Great Resignation, said Christine Michel Carter, an author and corporate advisor, during a June 12 workshop at the SHRM Annual Conference & Expo 2022 in New Orleans.

"The most innovative HR teams view these groups as a dynamic retention tool," Carter said. "It's ultimately up to the employer to actively monitor employee morale and provide opportunities for advancement, but ERGs are an often-untapped resource."

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Employee Resource Groups Create a Sense of Belonging, Foster Engagement
SHRM | Jun 2022

One regularly utilized mechanism for engaging and retaining employees is ERGs. ERGs are networks of employees formed around common interests. In addition to giving employees an opportunity to connect with like-minded people, ERGs can assist management to achieve the company’s business and DEI objectives. Often, the common interest is the retention, development, and advancement of employees from underrepresented groups.
How Companies Can Best Benefit from Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
Jackson Lewis | Dec 2022

They are often created around shared characteristics or personal traits like ERGs for women employees, members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ employees, veteran employees and more. In recent years, ERGs have expanded to include interest-based groups like working parents and caregivers, the environmentally conscious and mental health advocates.
How Employee Resource Groups Can be Your Company's Strategic Ally
Baker McKenzie | Mar 2022

What programs establish a culture that encourages acceptance, respect, and a sense of teamwork among a diverse group of workers? Employee resource groups (ERGs) can accomplish exactly that.
Employee Resource Groups at Your Organization: Tips for Getting Started
Paychex | Mar 2022

Leaders should encourage employees to join active ERGs or start new ones. They should provide resources to promote success: a budget, meeting time and space, and access to the company computer network to share information. And they should ensure that ERGs are open to all employees, remain voluntary and align with the company's business objectives.
How To Incorporate Employee Resource Groups In Your Organization
Forbes | Jan 2022

Example ERGs

City of Boston
Emory University
Emporia State University
Harper College
Johnson & Johnson
Salem State University (including ERG mission statements & objectives)
The Ohio State University


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