Guidelines for Employee Resource Groups

Employee resource groups serve three important functions.

  1. They provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all employees and advance a respectful and caring community.
  2. They provide an opportunity to network with and mentor one another on common interests and concerns.
  3. They provide a mechanism to advance concerns to university and college leadership.

There are five guiding principles for all employee resource groups.

  1. All ERGs are open to all employees.
  2. ERGs promote diversity, openness, understanding, and inclusiveness.
  3. ERG participation by employees is voluntary.
  4. ERGs adhere to university and college policies and procedures.
  5. ERGs strive to provide long-term business benefit to the university as well as professional/personal benefit to participants.

Organizations find that successful employee resource groups have several common characteristics.

  • They have a leader who fulfills leadership duties.
  • They have a purpose (e.g., share concerns, foster community, network, share identified concerns to leadership).
  • They foster connections with the work organization and the broader community.
  • They have membership from across all levels of the organization including senior leadership.