The Dark Side of Employee Resource Groups

Employee resource groups can solve the 3 Biggest Problems that organisations experience on their Inclusion journey

Find out why there is a Dark side to all this

Here are some key topics covered from this episode:

  • Why people weren’t happy with me talking about ERG’s and pay
  • Why Super Star Leaders can be a blessing and a curse
  • How the Business Case for Diversity can lead to exploitation and much more

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Here are some key takeaways from this episode: 

Be careful of not being adequately prepared

the insights on this show can be used against you.I know that. That’s why I want you to hear it from me so you can prepare.”

Be careful of leaders thinking of themselves at the expense others

If you’ve got a leader who’s just sorting themselves out.. this can be very painful for individuals and people will leave the organisation.

I’ve seen this so many times. I don’t want it to happen to you

“Be careful of members being commoditised

“at what point is this useful and valuable and at what point is it tokenism or exploitation. At what point are the members being used by the organisation in a way that’s unfair?”

Here are some resources so you can go deeper: 

ERGs take extra work. Should employees be paid extra for participating?

How to pay your ERG leaders

LinkedIn to pay its ERG leaders

Are You Paying Your ERG Leads?

The Case for Not Paying Leaders of Employee Resource Groups

Crafting an Identity: An Examination of the Lived Experiences of Minority Racial and Ethnic Individuals in the Workplace

Check out these related episodes of the show.

The Diversity & Inclusion Advice No One Will Give You

Why Welcoming Your Identity But Not Your Ability Can Be a Covert Form of Discrimination [Research Breakdown]

Why You Should Consider Paying ERG Leaders

4 Reasons Why You Should NOT Consider Paying ERG Leaders

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