Diversity and Inclusion - Employee Resource Groups
Employee Resource Groups
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) have grown in popularity not only at the Y but through the corporate, not-for-profit, and public sectors because they have the capacity to achieve so much for minimal resources. ERGs improve staff retention, strengthen diverse recruitment, develop informal support networks for staff, connect with diverse or under-served communities, and build bridges and understanding between groups, both within and beyond the Y. Above all, they help YMCAs to fulfill the their mission to ensure access and inclusion for all.
While ERGs have the capability of advancing many business and organizational objectives, YMCA of the USA, with input from the six national ERGs, has defined three core results most relevant to the Y’s mission that employee resource groups can help your Y achieve:
- Staff & volunteer leadership development
- Community engagement
- Building bridges