What are Employee Resource Groups?
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are employee-led communities within organisations that bring together individuals who share common characteristics, experiences, or interests. These groups provide a supportive and inclusive space for employees to connect, collaborate, and promote diversity and inclusion within the workplace. ERGs foster a sense of belonging, provide networking opportunities, and drive initiatives that celebrate diversity and advance organisational goals. By embracing ERGs, organisations cultivate a more inclusive culture and harness the collective power of their diverse workforce.
Why are Employee Resource Groups Important?
As the impact of COVID-19 reverberates across our world, organisations face a complex array of challenges. From widespread health concerns, a cost of living crisis, rising fuel costs, ongoing conflicts, and surges in industrial action, establishing or revitalising Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) has never been more crucial.
ERGs provide a platform for addressing emerging challenges, fostering collaboration, and promoting inclusivity within organisations. By harnessing the power of ERGs, you can navigate uncertainty and cultivate a resilient, engaged, and harmonious workforce. Properly established, ERGs become catalysts for resilience, unity, and positive change. They amplify underrepresented voices, challenge biases, promote equity, and contribute to talent retention, employee engagement, and innovation.
Why strong foundations matter?
Setting up an Employee Resource Group (ERG) with strong foundations is essential to its success and impact. By establishing a solid foundation, organisations ensure that the ERG is aligned with its goals, has clear objectives, and operates efficiently.
Strong foundations and/or revitalisation enables effective coordination, communication, and resource management, maximising the group's potential to drive diversity and inclusion initiatives. A well-structured ERG promotes employee engagement, fosters a sense of belonging, and cultivates a supportive community. Organisations that prioritise laying strong foundations and investing in the revitalisation of their ERGs create the conditions for a thriving ERG that fosters inclusivity and harmony in the workplace.
Thrive in today's dynamic environment
Our comprehensive ERG Toolkit is meticulously designed to empower organisations like yours in establishing or revitalising impactful ERGs. With an easy-to-follow, step-by-step framework, templates, engaging activity sheets, practical checklists, informative guides, and thought-leader videos, our toolkit equips you with the tools and strategies to succeed. Don't miss this opportunity to drive positive change and foster inclusivity. Unlock the full potential of your Employee Resource Group by purchasing our ERG Toolkit today!
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Who is the toolkit for?
- The ERG Toolkit is designed for organisations and individuals who are responsible for creating or revitalising an Employee Resource Group (ERG).
- The toolkit is particularly valuable for HR professionals, Diversity and Inclusion leaders, and other professionals who seek to enhance the effectiveness of their ERG and understand the significance of inclusivity initiatives.
- The toolkit is suitable for organisations of all sizes, industries, and geographies.
Those accessing the Toolkit will also have the opportunity to embark upon our self-guided programme. Our Award-Winning Diversity & Inclusion Thought-Leaders will guide you through eight practical steps that can be implemented immediately accelerating your organisation's journey towards becoming more inclusive.
Each 'step' builds upon the next to extend and embed your learning.
Our comprehensive toolkit includes videos, workbook activities, frameworks and TEMPLATES!
Templates and Assessment Tools
Workbook activities to spring free your ideas
Checklists and ‘Make it Happen’ action steps
What you'll learn
Our Toolkit also contains a self-directed learning programme that takes the pain out of creating or revitalising your Employee Resource Group and covers the following core areas...
Welcome & Orientation
Welcome to the ERG Toolkit
- You’ll be welcomed onto the programme and introduced to the learning pathway which you will be following.
- You’ll be provided with the guidance of how you can navigate the tools and resources which are available within the learning portal
Gauging Interest and Laying the Foundations
Establish who wants the Employee Resource Group to be created and why
- In this crucial first step of establishing Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), it is essential to gauge interest and identify the individuals or groups within your organisation who desire the creation of ERGs. By engaging with employees and stakeholders, you can determine the motivations and aspirations behind launching these groups.
Identifying the Purpose, Aims & Goals of the ERG
Addressing the unique needs of the ERG members enabling them to contribute to the organisation's broader diversity and inclusion efforts
- By clearly defining the purpose, aims, and goals of the ERG, you provide a solid framework for its activities and ensure that it addresses the unique needs of its members and contributes to the organisation's broader diversity and inclusion efforts.
Executive Sponsorship & ERG Leadership
We delve into the significance of having an Executive Sponsor for the successful development and operation of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
- By having an engaged and supportive Executive Sponsor, your ERG benefits from their guidance, advocacy, and influence. This strengthens the ERG's impact, visibility, and ability to drive meaningful change within the organization.
Develop a strong Brand & Identity
We explore how a strong brand and identity can help ERGs to establish their unique presence, engage members, and effectively communicate their purpose.
- In this step, you will discover the significance of developing a distinct brand and identity for each Employee Resource Group (ERG) that accurately represents the communities they serve. A strong brand and identity help ERGs establish a clear presence, engage members, and communicate their purpose effectively.
Understand the importance of effectively promoting ERGs and shape a workplace culture that celebrates diversity, fosters inclusion, and empowers employees.
- In this module we dive into the importance of promoting Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) as a key driver for building a diverse and inclusive workplace. We explore strategies and best practices for effectively promoting ERGs, raising awareness, and encouraging participation.
Support & Signposting
Learn the importance of supporting and signposting ERG members for Well-being, Engagement, and Effectiveness
- We delve into the importance of providing support and guidance to Employee Resource Group (ERG) members. By understanding their needs and ensuring their well-being, engagement, and effectiveness, we empower them to drive impactful diversity and inclusion initiatives
Measurement & KPIs
We explore how to empower ERGs to assess their impact, effectiveness, and progress
- We delve into the significance of measurement and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). By effectively measuring the impact, effectiveness, and progress of ERG initiatives, we can gain valuable insights that drive continuous improvement and guide our diversity and inclusion efforts.
By embracing effective governance practices, ERGs can operate with clarity, accountability, and sustainability
We explore the critical importance of governance in Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). Governance provides the necessary structure, alignment, accountability, decision-making processes, resource management, and sustainability to ensure the success and effectiveness of ERGs.
Five ways you can use the Toolkit...
- Establishing a Strong Foundation: The toolkit provides a step-by-step framework for creating or revitalising an ERG, helping you establish a solid foundation. This ensures that your ERG is built on a clear vision, mission, and objectives, enabling it to effectively drive diversity and inclusion initiatives.
- Streamlining Processes: The toolkit offers templates, activity sheets, and checklists that streamline various ERG processes. These resources save time and effort by providing a structured approach to tasks such as event planning, meeting management, and communication strategies.
- Tracking Progress and Measuring Impact: The toolkit includes guides and templates for setting key performance indicators (KPIs) and tracking the progress and impact of your ERG initiatives. By utilising these resources, you can measure the effectiveness of your activities and demonstrate the value of your ERG to stakeholders.
- Strengthening ERG Visibility and Impact: The toolkit provides guidance on strategies to enhance the visibility and impact of your ERG. It offers a guide on on to create compelling communication materials, including newsletters, social media posts, and promotional materials. By utilising these resources, you can effectively communicate the purpose, activities, and achievements of your ERG to internal and external stakeholders.
- Save time and resources: Save valuable time and resources by using the toolkit to create or revitalise your ERG
Who you'll learn from...
Teresa Boughey is an acclaimed business leader with a national reputation. As a recognized thought leader in inclusion, belonging, and ESG, Teresa brings over 25 years of experience to the table. Her expertise lies in working with executive boards and leadership teams to drive business transformation through people and foster inclusive workplace cultures.
Teresa's accomplishments extend beyond her professional achievements. She is a renowned speaker and author, having delivered a compelling TEDx talk titled 'Overcoming Diversity Fatigue' in 2019. Her book, the #1 Amazon bestseller "Closing the Gap – 5 Steps to Creating an Inclusive Culture" (2019), and her research report, "Accelerating Inclusion," launched through her firm Inclusion 247, further showcase her expertise.
In the realm of public policy, Teresa actively engages as a Business Board Member and Chair of the ESG Workstream of the Women and Enterprise APPG. She also serves as an Advisory Board Member at Royal Holloway University, School of Business and Management. Additionally, Teresa is a frequent contributor to various media outlets, including the Sunday Times (Raconteur), Forbes, BA Business Magazine, IoD Director Magazine, People Management, and HR Director, where she shares her insights and expertise on leadership, inclusion, and ESG.
Barry Boffy MBE
Barry Boffy is an award-winning Inclusion, Equality and Diversity thought leader. Barry held the role of Head of Inclusion & Diversity for British Transport Police (BTP) for over 15 years where he was responsible for the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion agenda for BTP throughout England, Scotland, and Wales.
Barry is an enthusiastic believer in the power of Employee Resource Groups and a fierce ally and advocate.
He has commissioned, created, and managed over 12 active Employee Resource Groups for BTP, and has been the driving force of the annual BTP Networks Conference. Barry is a Strategic Advisor to Tell MAMA, an Advisory Board member for The Donaldson Trust, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Equality & Diversity Professionals. He has been recognised as one of the Top 100 Global Inspirational Diversity & Inclusion Leaders and was shortlisted for ‘Hero of the Year’ at the 2022 British Diversity Awards.
Natalie, Chief People Officer
The in-house Employee Resource Group Masterclass delivered by Teresa and Barry was absolutely fabulous. Their advice and guidance have been instrumental in setting our ERGs up for success. The toolkit provided has been an invaluable resource, offering a range of templates and additional tools that we have customised for our organisation. I highly recommend both the in-house program and the toolkit for anyone looking to enhance their ERG initiatives
Alasdair, Group HR Manager
As we embarked on our ED&I journey, we recognised the importance of setting up Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) properly. The ERG Toolkit has been a game-changer for us, providing a clear framework and equipping us with the necessary tools and resources. With the toolkit's guidance, we were able to establish our ERGs quickly and comprehensively. It has been an invaluable resource on our journey toward a more inclusive and diverse organisation
Our commitment to you...
We understand that all learning requires an investment not only in money but also in time. And, we also recognise that you’re relying on us to teach you the skills you need. Therefore, our commitment to you is that if you attend one of our programs and don’t feel that you grasped the concepts or learned enough to be able to put the skills into practice, you can repeat the same program free of charge.
There are just three conditions…
- Only the original delegate can re-attend – the place is not transferable.
- The delegate must have attended the original program in full, and the request to re-attend must be made within three months of the original program.
- Attendance is subject to there being availability on the next course. Priority is given to paying delegates, and there is a possibility that you may be asked to attend a later course.