5 Tips for your Employee Resource Group (ERG)


Building and maintaining an effective Employee Resource Group (ERG) takes time, dedication and a clear strategy. Here are our top five tips to help sustain engagement and focus:


  1. Purpose & Objectives

    Establish a clear purpose and measurable objectives or KPIs for your ERG that align with your organisation’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) strategy. Having well-defined goals will guide the group’s activities to ensure they achieve maximum impact in the areas that need it most.

  2. Leadership Support

     A key sponsor from leadership can help the ERG with resources (such as budget, time, meeting space, and administrative support, training, mentorship), visibility, and influence. However, buy-in across the whole Leadership team is crucial in setting the tone for the organisation’s culture and values and creating an environment where all employees can thrive.

  3. Inclusive Participation

    Create an inclusive environment where all employees feel welcome to join the group and can contribute. What education or awareness-raising is needed around what D&I is, your Company approach and who sees it as ‘for them’? (i.e. would everyone consider themselves as a potential candidate or would they view ‘diversity’ as obvious visible traits only?). Consider your ERG recruitment processes – are they inclusive and accessible? How are you communicating about the group? What voices are not heard in the organisation? Review your recruitment, selection and communication with an inclusive lens to ensure you capture a wide range of participants.

  4. Activities with Impact

    Develop meaningful activities that work towards the group’s goals and the wider D&I Company strategy. This could include networking events, professional development workshops, cultural celebrations, community outreach initiatives, and allyship training.  Highlight the positive impact of the ERG on individuals, teams, and the organisation as a whole to reinforce its value and encourage continued participation.

  5. Evaluate and Adapt

    Regularly assess the effectiveness of the ERG’s activities and initiatives through metrics and data analysis for example; employee engagement surveys, performance, recruitment ATS, diversity monitoring data, listening groups, event attendance, membership growth etc Identify strengths, areas for improvement, and emerging priorities. Use this feedback to refine your approach, adapt to changing circumstances, and ensure the ERG remains relevant and impactful over time.


Creating meaningful change through Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) is a process that requires time, dedication, and persistence. ERGs are critical in championing D&I through advocacy, education, community-building and driving cultural change to lasting effect. Members of ERGs play a vital role in creating a more inclusive and supportive workplace where all employees can thrive. Patience is needed, as the impact often unfolds gradually. Building relationships, establishing trust, and driving cultural shifts take time.