Creating Diverse & Inclusive Business: The Evolution of Employee Resource Groups
There are many kinds of employee networks that develop within corporations, either as a corporate (“top-down”) initiative or because employees self-organize (a “bottom-up” initiative). Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are in the category of what I like to call activist networks. This type of corporate network is common for corporations, but is almost always compartmentalized or siloed from the rest of the business. So, how do companies integrate employee activism with day-to-day business? The simple answer is – collaboration. But, if companies want to focus on collaboration, they must think bigger about the concept and about how the work of employee activist networks can help guide the culture of the company.
This is first in a two-part blog series on employee networks and inclusion. Stay tuned next week for the second installment.