NEW for 2014

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs): Creating New Avenues for Employee Engagement, Inclusion, & Retention

Course# TD1895

Note: This workshop is capped at 16 participants.

Competency:   Work Life Wellness - Fundamental                          

Type: Single-Session Workshop

Total Workshop Time: 2.5 hours

Make-Ups: No make-ups are scheduled for this workshop.

Pre-requisites: None

Session Description: Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are organizationally supported employee groups drawn together by common interests, shared characteristics or life experiences, such as working caregivers, disability awareness or multicultural perspectives. They are focused on encouraging the exchange of ideas, promoting a greater sense of belonging and enhancing career and personal development of employees in the workplace.  ERGs have been recognized in the business world for years as an effective avenue for enhancing employee engagement, inclusion and retention. Companies such as McDonalds, Fidelity Investments and TIAA-CREF have learned that employees who join and participate in ERGs are more engaged and better connected to organizational strategy.  The concept of establishing and nurturing these groups is now being embraced in higher education. Princeton, Georgia Tech and MIT are just a few campuses that have established ERGS to support their institution’s mission, build community and foster the development of professional relationships that link employees across all areas of the organization.  Join us for an interactive session as we:

  • Review what ERGs are and their roles in enhancing employee engagement, recruitment/retention and community outreach. 
  • Discover how ERG activities can impact talent management, university planning and diversity/inclusion initiatives and how they can be tied to strategic goals and priorities.  
  • Discuss some of the current ERG programs in higher education. 
  • Explore the benefits of bringing ERGs to JMU to support the university’s mission, vision and values in a meaningful way and how together we can create a new avenue for employee engagement, inclusion and retention.


Presented by:  Renee Reed & Jennifer Kester

Session Information:

Thursday April, 10, 2014
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
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