The Evolution of Employee Resource Groups Part 1

This is the first of a two part series about Employee Resource Groups and their Evolution. In this series I’m going to focus on how employee resource groups have evolved by looking at some of the most influential publications in the field. I’m talking about the ones that are widely accepted to be essential reading, this isn’t just my opinion but it’s the opinion of the people I consider to be leaders in this space.

In todays show I discuss several things including:

  • An influential paper that everyone who is serious about employee resource groups knows about
  • The four phases that employee resource groups must experience in order to evolve
  • The reasons why most resource groups don’t evolve to reach their potential much much more

Here’s some of what I share in the show:

There are Few Meaningful Contributions to the Field

I describe how not enough is known about employee resource groups and a small number of influential people have made a difference:

“It’s generally accepted that there are a very small number of influential scholars and practitioners who have made meaningful contributions to the field”

Affinity Groups and Employee Resource Groups

I explain how the work I discuss is based on affinity groups but I give reasons why I think this applies to employee resource groups:

“You’ll notice that I said affinity groups and not resource groups, the paper refers to affinity groups which tend to be organised around social identity but given the development of the field, it’s accepted and understood that everything discussed applies to what we call employee resource groups”

Reconsidering the 4 Phases of Evolution

I explain the four phases that employee resource groups must experience in order to evolve but I also believe that some aspects of these phases must be shifted to others:

“Advancement refers to education and training for career development. This is identified as a challenge for resources groups and this is where I want to slot in the piece that the author discussed in the previous section”

If you want a quick snapshot of what the episode is about, I’ve created some slides that you may find interesting 

Show Notes

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