Early Results—What's New and Different in Employee Networks?
We have been seeing some interesting developments in Employee Networks (aka employee resource or affinity groups)—new kinds of Networks forming, new ways of managing them, new contributions they're making to the business. To learn more about these changes and the difference they are making, ORC is conducting a study (with funding from Industrial Relations Counselors, Inc.) consisting of two parts: a broad-based survey (going on now) and a series of interviews with selected organisations on the cutting edge of these new trends.
Early results suggest that the types of Networks enjoying the greatest growth are multicultural, religious, and generation-based groups. Outside North America and the U.S., the most common region for Employee Networks to establish themselves is Asia, where groups for women, working parents, cancer support, and the environment have been reported so far.
Please add your company to the database. The survey takes about 15-20 minutes to complete online. The survey tool holds your answers, so you can exit and return to the survey at your leisure. If you are unsure whether or not you're company has already completed the survey, contact Michal Fineman.
As with all our surveys, the information will be reported in the aggregate. The names of participating companies will be listed but no data will be identified. Participating companies will receive a full detailed report in addition to the publicly available summary.