Better Employee Engagement Builds a Better Organization
Your Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) should be some of your most powerful employee engagement tools you have. Everyone should look forward to yours. Do your teams and fellow leadership team members look forward to your ERGs? If not, we can help.
Maintaining a strong culture of employee engagement and employee loyalty requires a lot more effort and resources than ever before. There is study after study attributing employee turnover to reasons across categories such as culture-fit, employee engagement, transparency, values, equitability, leadership, and more (articles and studies below). Organizations with “I-don’t-want-to-miss” ERGs, can and do affect positive change in all of these categories.
Another key attribute to ERGS, is that they “Make it safe for people to share their stories” (Harvard Business Review). This safety goes to the heart of psychological safety, made famous by Dr. Amy Edmondson. Dr. Edmondson states:
If you change the nature and quality of the conversations in your team, your outcomes will improve exponentially. Psychological safety is the core component to unlock this.
And the HBR article states further:
Among the most powerful tools that an ERG has is the ability to create a forum for storytelling. In our work with companies, we’ve found that storytelling reduces isolation, creates community, and reduces the stigma of mental health.
According to SHRM, “About 90% of Fortune 500 companies support ERGs in the workplace… Organizations of all sizes can benefit from working with ERGs.”