Employee Resource Groups (also known as ERGs) are an effective way to support different communities within large companies. ERGs are workplace networks for team members with shared characteristics, special interests, or life experiences. These groups are typically employee-led rather than leadership-run which allows employees from different teams, offices, and even countries to come together to connect with like-minded employees. Due to the community and support aspects of ERGs, companies with ERGs report higher employee engagement and overall happiness. However, it’s not always easy to support these groups given the decentralized nature as they’re spread across the entire company and world.
Employee Resource Groups are built to connect individuals who have common beliefs, experiences, and goals across a company. Data continues to show the power of corporate volunteering as an effective way to unite and connect employees across locations and provide a strong employee experience. The power of doing good increases happiness and unites employees regardless of if they work at home, work in the office, or a mixture of both. Companies should focus on giving and volunteering that aligns with their corporate mission. However, it’s also essential to support employees to give and volunteer around causes that they’re individually passionate about. Instead of encouraging employees to volunteer on their own for these causes, companies should encourage employees to come together through their ERG to volunteer.
Regardless of the Employee Resource Groups that your company has, WeHero has different ways of supporting employees and companies with in-person, remote, and hybrid volunteer events. We’ve also helped companies around the world build custom corporate volunteer events for their individual Employee Resource Groups. Want to see a few examples of corporate volunteer events that connect directly with common ERGs?
Unfortunately, successfully executing corporate volunteer events across company-wide events and individual ERG groups is time consuming and challenging. This burden often lands on one individual who has far too much on their plate. In addition, companies may choose to have all their budget for corporate volunteering go through a centralized Corporate Social Responsibility office that isn’t responsible for ERGs. This creates a communication barrier and may impact the overall employee engagement and impact a company can make.
To make this process easier for our clients, we’ve created a self-serve platform that allows companies to have their individual ERGs book events directly with WeHero on our platform. This booking is then sent to whoever controls the corporate budget for approval. Leveraging this platform, individual teams and groups can schedule and coordinate events without having to go through the corporate volunteer manager. Before any event is fully booked, our team reaches out to the decision maker to ensure approval. Our goal is to save the entire team time so we can deliver more impact! If you want to see a demo of how this works across our client base, reach out and we can show you how this works for our clients.
It’s hard supporting Employee Resource Groups, but effortsto engage employees through volunteering are crucial in establishing strongnetworks within companies. If you need support in establishing corporatevolunteer programs throughout your company and ERGs, don’t hesitate to reachout. Our team is always here to lend a helping hand.