Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are groups which are formed to build communities among people with shared identities or experiences at work, and help create a diverse and inclusive workplace.
As well as enhancing a sense of belonging, and increasing collaboration and togetherness, ERGs can have several positive effects on key performance indicators including increasing staff retention, company goal achievement and improving productivity rates.
ERGs such as LGBTQI, health and fitness and working parents are just a few examples which connect employees with like-minded peers.
Leading organisations around the world are also setting up Mental Health Employee Resource Groups to help decrease stigma around mental health and connect staff with others who are in, or have been in, the same boat. For example Johnson & Johnson have the Group “Mental Health Diplomats” and Google have “Mental Health Anonymous”. This helps create awareness and a support network for staff within their company.
This is a great way to approach mental health, stimulating a sense of inclusion and openness which brings mental health to the forefront of conversation, often leading to challenges being addressed earlier, rather than relying solely on reactive measures.
With remote and flexible working increasing, ERGs should be enabled to continue collaboration wherever they are, and whenever they wish. This is why we revel in helping organisations set up ERGs which reflect their company culture and, leveraging our Workplace Peer Support CommUNITY, offer the ability for staff to support each other regardless of where they are.