As America’s minority population continues to expand and evolve, so does the desire for workplace environments that are equitable and fair for all employees. Increasingly, employers are establishing internal organizational structures to address the unique needs and issues of this diverse workforce.
These structures, known as Employee Networks, Affinity Groups or Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), are found in 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies and are gaining additional business support throughout the country. ERGs offer employees an opportunity to network, address common issues and concerns, and receive support from those who share similar backgrounds, interests or experiences—including disability.
EARN’s ERG toolkit can assist employers in understanding the benefits and how-to of disability-focused ERGs. For more information about ERGs, read Fostering Disability-Inclusive Workplaces Through Employee Resource Groups.