Amid the background of the pandemic, acts of violence in the U.S. against Black people brought renewed attention to racial inequities and injustice—and generated a wave of corporate response.
At Workday, our leadership reached out to Black @ Workday, one of our company’s 10 employee belonging councils (commonly known as employee resource groups, or ERGs), to gain understanding of the impact on our Black community, and seek advice for communicating support to Black employees experiencing heightened anxiety related to racism-induced stress or trauma.
From social activities to internal networking, ERGs are affinity groups aimed at creating a sense of community in the workplace. ERGs have a shared interest or common goal, or they center on identity characteristics, such as race, gender, orientation, and more. The first ERG in corporate America focused on Black employees, and since then, ERGs in corporate settings and at Workday include those for military veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, parents, and people of color; allies are welcome and encouraged to join, too.
But ERGs can be utilized for so much more, especially as strategic partners in advancing corporate social responsibility and driving innovation through greater belonging and diversity. “These groups are the voices of our
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