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ERG Development Resources and Tools

Employee resource groups (also known as ERGs, affinity groups, or business network groups) are voluntary groups of employees who join together in their workplace based on shared characteristics or life experiences and serve as a resource for members and organizations by fostering a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with organizational mission, values, goals, business practices, and objectives.

ERGs have traditionally been focused on personality traits or characteristics (women, religious affiliations, sexual orientation, gender, etc); however, ERGs have expanded to include "interest-based" groups gathered around particular activities. Some of these include job responsibility, environmental advocacy, military service, community service and volunteerism, and workplace wellness.

ERG's are generally based on providing support, enhancing career development, and contributing to personal development in the work environment. They are instrumental in the recruitment, development and retention of talent, employee engagement and environmental advocacy, community service and volunteerism, and workplace wellness.

The Association of ERGs & Councils offers development courses to provide Employee Resource Groups with the tools, skills and capabilities to excel...from start up to ongoing progression as a strategic business and organizational resource for change. These four distinct training experiences address every conceivable need of ERG's as they seek to develop to higher levels of capability.

ERG Refocus™ - ERGs can even lose their momentum and begin to experience slippage or even fall into periods of dormancy. Overtime all ERGs need to sharpen and refocus their efforts to increase membership vitality and stay relevant to changing business needs. This one day intensive workshop will strengthen your ERG's impact for increased levels of effectiveness, performance and contribution.


ERG Leadership Academy™ - Enhancing D&I knowledge and skills while equipping ERG leaders with tools and competencies necessary to build and sustain ERG momentum and success is the goal of this 1 day dynamic, intensive and interactive session.  It assists ERG leaders in ensuring their teams are focused on activities and goals that lead to the achievement of business and organizational results. ERG leaders leave with a solid foundation for moving forward by applying their newly acquired knowledge, skills and tools to their business situations through Action Planning and Goal Setting to ensure early wins and successes.


ERG 10 Point Assessment™ - ERGs assess their performance against a standard of 10 factors in which best practice ERGs are performing well.  More specifically, this unique assessment tool provides a comprehensive analysis utilizing 70 indicators of effectiveness within a 10 point framework. 


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ERG Life Cycle
Development Series™

"This exciting new series of Employee Resource Group development resources provides tools, skills and capabilities to help ERGs excel through their life cycle. We have development experiences from start up to ongoing progression as a strategic business and organizational resource for change. Each of these 4 distinct development experiences enable us to address every conceivable need of ERGs as they seek to develop to higher levels of capability."

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