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Posted: 16th May 2020
Hi Lucy, Disruptive HR team and Members,
I am giving thought to how we create more impactful Employee Resource Groups to support our people during the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. We currently have ERGs to support women and our LGBTQ community although I feel they are “stale” and need more structure and innovation. We also want to create new ERGs to support working parents, mental health and other topics in the months to come.
Does anyone have any best practice of creating ERGs “by doing something different”? I would be happy to share any research, best practice articles and blogs that I find as well as what we come up with.
Thank you and stay healthy.
Good to hear from you! No doubt other members will have some ideas but I have always felt that the idea of creating specific interest groups has its limitations and they tend to run out of steam after a while – or when key members move on? The trend we’re seeing is more around generic ‘colleague voice’ groups that focus on the employee experience rather than particular interest groups. These are used by the HR (and other support teams sometimes) to work closely with different groups of employees to ensure that the experience that is being created meets their needs and expectations. The HR team will seek feedback but more importantly gets employees directly involved in the creation and implementation of different HR products. These are best when they are completely voluntary and encompass a wide range of interests.
The Coop have done this very successfully and you can hear more about this in the interview they did for us here
Hope this helps
Thank you, Lucy. I like this idea and will certainly listen to the interview this weekend.
This may tie-in nicely with our “Local Engagement Action Committees” that resulted from our annual engagement survey, which we are following up with regular pulse surveys. We are using the LEACs to get feedback from across the organization on different topics and have our employees bring innovation and their ideas to the table.
Have a wonderful weekend.
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