Employee Resource Groups, or ERGs, have been steadily rising in popularity since 2020. According to Forbes, about 90% of Fortune 500 companies have launched employee resource groups, and many smaller companies are following suit. ERGs are a popular diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiative because they drive results. They increase workplace diversity, improve retention rates, and drive feelings of belonging.
Danielle David, Chief People Officer at CRB, says investing in employee resource groups has enabled the company to engage people around common interests across geographic locations. CRB is a multinational facility design, engineering, construction, and consulting firm for the life sciences and food and beverage industries.
“They provide such great outlets for our employees. Many of the ERGs do what we call community conversations, where they discuss different topics and people dial in remotely. It's just a safe space for people to gather, to talk, and to learn,” David says. “Our ERGs have been valuable for our employees and really have brought a good, strong sense of connection to a lot of our folks.”
To realize the full benefits of ERGs, it’s important to keep a few best practices in mind as your organization builds an inclusive workplace.