ERGs can create inclusive, progressive workspaces. According to an executive brief produced by Boston College Center for Work & Family, “The ERGs with the most traction and interest tend to be those ERGs that are closely linked to business strategy. When employees perceive their efforts as directly impacting business outcomes, they are more likely to get involved.”
ERGs set their own agendas and work to inform the company of their mission and goals. ERGs frequently conduct meetings, host activities, recruit members and advocate for change.
By creating or joining an ERG, employees might:
- Provide professional development focused on their specific needs
- Have an organized forum for questions and concerns
- Have specific delegates speak to management on behalf of the employees
- Create a safe space for minority groups and others in the workplace
Business management also might use ERGs to further company goals and initiatives. In fact, companies that demonstrate genuine care to their employees tend to have higher retention rates, showcasing the potential benefit of these groups.