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ERG Collaboration: Key to Unlocking Workplace Potential

ERG collaboration

For many organizations, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) have become powerful catalysts for fostering diversity, inclusion, and belonging. These employee-led communities provide safe spaces for shared experiences, professional development, and advocacy around specific demographics like gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. But the true power of ERGs lies not just within their individual spheres, but in their ability to collaborate, amplify collective impact, and unlock the full potential of a diverse workforce.

Data and research also paints a compelling picture,

  • 70% of employees believe ERGs contribute to a more inclusive workplace, according to a study by SHRM.

  • Companies with inclusive cultures achieve 30% higher revenue growth than their peers, according to McKinsey & Company.

  • When ERGs collaborate, they have the potential to reach a broader audience, garnering greater organizational support, and driving systemic change across the company.

The benefits of ERG collaboration

Operating in isolation, even the most well-intentioned ERGs can face limitations. Each group possesses unique perspectives and experiences, but addressing complex issues like systemic bias or unequal career advancement often requires a multifaceted approach. Collaboration has multiple benefits for ERGs some of which are listed below.

Sharing resources and best practices 

ERGs avoid reinventing the wheel by sharing tried-and-tested materials, process creation and learnings from execution. This saves time and resources, allowing ERG leaders to focus on creating new initiatives. Multi-ERG events help to utilize ERG budgets more efficiently while helping all ERGs reach broader audiences and boost engagement. Smaller groups gain visibility, budgets work smarter, and strategic partnerships form. Multi-ERG events can be planned, scheduled and executed using advanced ERG software such as Teleskope.

Brainstorming and insights

ERG Managers and Leaders can exchange event ideas, fundraising strategies, and advocacy methods, maximizing impact and efficiency. They can also share valuable feedback received from ERG members through independent ERG surveys and uncover insights that could help other ERGs.

Develop intersectional initiatives

ERG members can address overlapping challenges faced by diverse communities, building stronger coalitions and amplifying collective voices. They can also re-work organizational policies to be holistically inclusive for all. By combining strengths and expertise from different groups better solutions can be designed.

Cultivating Allyship

ERG collaborations create opportunities for employees from different backgrounds to connect, empathize, and champion each other's causes. There is a deeper understanding among colleagues and an acknowledgement of their past challenges and triumphs.

ERG Collaboration - Planning and Execution

ERG collaboration needs to be planned taking into consideration multiple factors. It involves a high level of coordination, distribution of roles and responsibilities and well-defined end goals. Here are some ways to ensure successful ERG collaboration.

  • Formalize collaboration channels: Establish inter-ERG committees, communication platforms, and regular meetings to facilitate information sharing and joint planning.

  • Identify common goals and opportunities: Brainstorm initiatives that address overlapping challenges or leverage complementary strengths for maximum impact.

  • Create inclusive events and programs: Organize events, workshops, and training sessions open to all employees, fostering connection and building understanding.

  • Get all approvals: Approval workflows might vary for different ERGs. Ensure all approvals are in place before any joint initiative is undertaken.

  • Measure and celebrate success: Track the impact of collaborative efforts, showcase achievements, and recognize the contributions of ERG members. The ERG metrics could also vary for the collaborating ERGs. For example, for one ERG, success could mean an increase in ERG membership while for the other it would mean an increase in event attendance. 

By breaking down silos and fostering collaboration, ERGs can evolve from individual support groups to powerful change agents. Through combined efforts, ERGs can create a more inclusive, equitable, and thriving workplace where every employee feels valued, heard, and empowered to reach their full potential. 


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