Guidelines for Employee Resource Groups

Employee resource groups serve three important functions.

  1. They provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all employees and advance a respectful and caring community.
  2. They provide an opportunity to network with and mentor one another on common interests and concerns.
  3. They provide a mechanism to advance concerns to university and college leadership

There are five guiding principles for all employee resource groups.

  1. All Employee Resource Groups are open to all employees.
  2. Employee Resource Groups promote diversity, openness, understanding and inclusiveness.
  3. Employee Resource Groups participation by employees is voluntary.
  4. Employee Resource Groups adhere to university and college policies and procedures.
  5. Employee Resource Groups strive to provide long-term business benefit to the university as well as. professional/personal benefit to participants.

Organizations find that successful employee resource groups have several common characteristics

  • They have a leader who fulfills leadership duties.
  • They have a purpose (e.g., share concerns, foster community, network, share identified concerns to leadership).
  • They foster connections with the work organization and the broader community.
  • They have membership from across all levels of the organization including senior leadership.