09 Aug 2022 DEI Employee Resource Groups
Like many leading employers, Haynie & Company continues to put resources into workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs. For our CPAs, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) play a major role in the DEI program.
What are Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)?
Employee Resource Groups are voluntary, employee-led groups created to foster a strong, diverse community. ERGs are gaining popularity, but they have been around since the 1960s-1980s at large corporations like Xerox and AT&T.
ERGs are led and participated in by employees who share a characteristic or interest. The groups provide support and create a safe space where employees can bring their whole selves to the table. Everyone is encouraged to join an ERG, either as a member or as an ally.
ERGs and Family
Family is a core value at Haynie & Company. And ERGs are all about family and community. These groups help our team feel more connected and recognized in the workplace. It is a safe environment to grow and learn from others based on culture, identity, shared interests, and more. Each group forges its path. Some include volunteerism and activism and others offer a place to share and connect.
“I’m excited to be the Haynie & Company Veterans & Military Service Members ERG leader. I am very passionate about this community and look forward to providing education, growth, and support. I have been a military spouse for 7 years. I hope to continue making a positive impact in this community by showing kindness, empathy, and service.” – Christan Luna, Haynie & Company Tax Associate, ERG Leader
Education is a major component of most Haynie ERGs including the Differently-abled Professionals group. “We also want to educate the Haynie family about ableism and change social misperceptions that come with being differently abled.” – Rebecca Williams, Haynie & Company IT Administration, ERG Leader
Do ERGs Work?
You will find Employee Resource Groups in 90% of Fortune 500 companies. These groups are known for improving work environments, bringing employees together, tackling company-wide challenges, and spurring innovation.
Haynie & Company Employee Resource Groups
We currently have eight ERGs at Haynie. The group leaders and all DEI leaders are Haynie employees. We are thankful for the dedicated employees who volunteer to make Haynie better. Haynie & Company employees can join an ERG anytime. Email Celina Ochoa to ask questions or join.
Haynie & Company ERGs
- African American & Black
- Asian American & Pacific Islander
- Veterans & Military Service Members
- Women’s Initiative
- Working Parents
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