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Benefits of Affinity Groups at Work

Find out how affinity groups and employee resource groups can contribute to the company's success!

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Introduction to Affinity Groups

Affinity groups or employee resource groups (ERGs) are made of employees with similar interests, backgrounds, or goals. Affinity groups have a powerful impact in the workplace and help promote the company’s diversity. In general, these groups are often about gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, national region, and veteran status. The most common examples of affinity groups are working parents, LGBT, and any other groups that are based on common goals or interests. 

Although private employers are not required to have affinity groups, many employers support and recognize these groups because of the benefits they provide such as professional development, recruitment, and employee retention. 

Typical member of the Working Parents Group

Benefits of Having Affinity Groups

1. New Employees Feel Welcome

Affinity groups help improve the training or onboarding processes for new employees. Promoting diversity within the company also helps new hires "fit in" and feel comfortable. 

Studies show that the first 90 days of employment are crucial for new employees and recognizing these groups will make it less challenging for them to adjust.

2. Employee Retention

Recent studies have shown that affinity groups play a huge role in retention efforts by reducing turnover costs. The average cost of replacing a worker is about $15,000. A larger company can spend approximately $600,000 to $2.6 million per year on turnover and replacement costs.

Having affinity groups makes employees more engaged, happy, and productive. Thus, improving the employee retention rate.

3. Prevents Discrimination Within the Workplace

Even today, discrimination is rampant in our society. And the workplace is no exception. As much as possible, employers are constantly seeking ways to prevent discrimination. One effective way is to build affinity groups.

Affinity groups help employers identify and fill gaps to prevent discrimination against color, race, ethnicity, age, gender preference, national origin, or medical history. 

4. Promotes Socialization and Friendship

Having affinity groups in the workplace is just one way to help employees interact with their co-workers. A good relationship within the workplace improves productivity.

5. Creates Synergy

When employees build connections based on common interests, backgrounds, or characteristics, this bolsters collaboration and communication which makes your employees more effective and productive.

Sample List of Affinity Groups

Affinity Groups in Steegle.One Intranet

The Steegle.One intranet from Steegle allows affinity groups to be created automatically, allowing end-users to add and subscribe themselves. 

Article by Maria Gabrielle

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