External Forces and Trends

Briefing Notes: Employee Resource Groups

  • April 11, 2022

Since the pandemic we have noted an increasing level of interest in Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). This therefore seemed an appropriate subject for PARC’s second online peer exchange of 2022.

Previously called Affinity Groups or simply ‘employee networks’, ERGs have been around in some form for decades. (It is said that Xerox introduced the first ERG in 1964 in response to the civil rights movement.)

They are usually led and participated in by employees who share a characteristic, whether it’s gender, ethnicity, religious affiliation, lifestyle, or interest. The groups exist to provide support and help in personal or career development and to create a safe space where employees can discuss issues of particular relevance to their group.

This session included inputs from: Mercer, RELX, Fox Williams and Costa Coffee.

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