Employee Resource Groups

What are Employee Resource Groups?

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are employee-led groups formed around common interests, common bonds, or similar backgrounds.

ERG members create a positive work environment at MIT by actively contributing to the Institute’s mission, values and efforts specific to inclusion, such as recruitment and retention.

All About ERGs

ERGs are one example of the variety of MIT-sponsored activities that all staff, including support staff, are encouraged to attend. Participation in these kinds of activities may provide long-term business benefits for MIT and professional and personal development for the participants. Participation in ERGs also contributes to a strong sense of “one community” at MIT.

Purposes of ERGs

  • They create an open forum for staff who share common interests/concerns to meet and support one another in creatively addressing those concerns and
  • They provide a resource to MIT leadership regarding staff/community interests, needs, and policies
  • They advance a respectful and caring community

Guiding principles for ERGs

  • All ERGs are open to all employees
  • ERGs promote diversity, openness, understanding, and inclusiveness
  • ERG participation by employees is voluntary
  • ERGs adhere to MIT’s policies and procedures
  • ERGs strive to provide long-term business benefit to the Institute as well as professional/personal benefit to participants

Benefits of ERGs at MIT

ERGs help to create an inclusive workplace by:

  • Serving as a vehicle for leveraging MIT’s distributed leadership model
  • Contributing to an inclusive workplace through recruiting and retention, and by providing an informal welcome to new employees and networking and mentoring opportunities for their members
  • Creating an open forum for staff who share common interests/concerns to meet and support one another
  • Providing a resource to MIT leadership regarding staff/community interests, needs, and policies

All of MIT’s ERGs are open to any employee. Join today!