The future is always a hot topic. Everyone wants to guess about what’s next. Whether for a competitive edge, for adaptation, or for the sake of knowledge - planning for the future is something that everyone equally wants in on.
Greenhouse, a software for people who love people. Hosted by an outstanding panel, this session touched on how to leverage ERGs for positive people outcomes and the future of work. Retention, engagement, and development can all be linked to effective ERGs. So how do you build an ERG to a level that benefits people's outcomes?
Listen to the experts: Donald Knight (Chief People Officer), Ariana Moon (VP of Talent Planning and Acquisition), Jamie Adasi (Head of IDEA - Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Allyship), and Will Leahy (VP of People Development and Business Partners).
This session was hosted by 4 key members of Greenhouse's People Team. Greenhouse is a hiring software company that helps businesses make better, fairer, and more confident hiring decisions. As a company focused on people, Greenhouse understands how Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) relate to people's outcomes.
Donald Knight, Chief People Officer of Greenhouse Software, led his team in a discussion on the importance of ERGs in the future of work. Despite the challenges faced by DEI leaders, Knight emphasized that ERGs play a vital role in fostering inclusion. He encouraged DEI practitioners to stay committed to their goals, as the future of work will undoubtedly include their efforts.
The panelists shared their thoughts on how to effectively start ERGs and integrate them into a company's culture. They emphasized the importance of leadership commitment, planning, and data-driven approaches to ERG development. Ariana Moon, Head of Talent Planning & Acquisition, pointed out that ERGs should be more than just social groups, and should be tied to an organization's overall strategy.
Here are some of the ways Greenhouse’s team suggests leveraging your ERGs:
The Power of ERGs in Fostering Inclusion
ERGs are the heart of our organization, creating spaces for employees to bring their whole selves to work." - Ariana Moon, VP of Talent Planning and Acquisition at Greenhouse
Ariana Moon emphasized how ERGs serve as the foundation for fostering inclusion in the workplace. They provide employees with a supportive community where they can be their authentic selves, driving creativity, innovation, and a sense of belonging.
The Crucial Role of Data-Driven Accountability
We use data to measure the impact of ERGs and gather feedback from our communities to ensure we're making progress." - Jamie Adasi, Head of IDEA at Greenhouse
Jamie Adasi highlighted the importance of data-driven accountability in the success of ERGs. By collecting feedback and monitoring key metrics, organizations can effectively assess the impact of these groups, ensuring that they are fulfilling their objectives.
The Business Case for Embracing ERGs
Diverse companies outperform their counterparts by 36% - it's not just about doing the right thing, it's about profitability." - Will Leahy, VP of People Development and Business Partners at Greenhouse
Will Leahy stressed the business case for embracing ERGs. Beyond the moral imperative, diverse and inclusive organizations are more profitable. Research shows that diverse companies outperform their peers, making ERGs not only about fostering a welcoming environment but also a strategic move to drive success and innovation.
ERGs play an important role in shaping the future of work. Gen Z and future generations will be the most diverse population yet, and they deserve to feel safe and included in their workplaces. The future of work is diverse, and ERGs will be more important than ever.
As businesses embrace diversity and inclusion, they not only foster a more inclusive work environment but also drive innovation and profitability. This session encourages DEI practitioners to measure the impact of their ERGs, plan strategically, and use data for continuous improvement. This session is an inspiration to begin thinking about the future of ERGs, for employees, for business, and for all.