One of the ways that Walker Edison has been able to provide support for its employees in the last year and half is through community building with employee resource groups (ERGs). ERGs are formed by and for employees who share a common characteristic – ethnicity, gender, generation, religious affiliation, etc. An ERG is based on providing support, enhancing career development, professional networking, and overall contributions to personal development in the workplace. An ERG can also develop future leaders, increase employee engagement and expand marketplace reach – all benefits for the employee and employer alike.
Walker Edison currently has three established ERGs: Women of Walker Edison (WOWE), WE Pride & WE Veterans. Additionally, at the beginning of 2022, WE Latinx will launch to support Walker Edison’s Latinx employees, who are the 2nd highest employees' racial group within the company. As a response to employee interest, we are also in the process of developing ERGs for parents, employees with different abilities, and wellness.
Our ERGs at Walker Edison have helped drive and integrate diversity, equity and inclusion into the company’s DNA. They have provided insightful learning opportunities with speakers and trainings as well as empowered our employees to drive change, as well as social connections. Our ERGs are a strong force in Walker Edison’s diversity and inclusion journey.
A few of our ERGs recent initiatives include:
- Hosting WEchats that provide an open discussion on topics such as imposter syndrome, gender equality, allyship, and other topics relevant to our employees’ needs
- WE Pride has developed a partnership with Utah’s LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce and Project Rainbow Utah. As well as advocating and auditing our benefits package to be inclusive of transgender health.
- WE Veterans hosted a storytelling event to allow our WE community to honor the veterans in their lives on Veterans Day
- WOWE hosted their second annual all-day, companywide women in leadership summit to elevate and empower WE’s women employees and allies.
These initiatives and events would not be possible without our amazing ERG leaders, who not only volunteer their time but are committed to the growth of their ERG and Walker Edison’s diversity and inclusion goals. Here is the why behind their efforts:
We are thankful for the amazing work our ERG’s have accomplished. On this National ERG Day, Walker Edison wants to thank ERG leaders and participants in Walker Edison and in companies around the world for making our workplaces inclusive and inviting for all!