National Day for Staff Networks
Wednesday 8th May 2024
The National Day for Staff Networks is the world’s only nationwide day dedicated to recognising networks/resource groups and the incredible value they add to the workplace. The next National Day for Staff Networks is Wednesday 8th May 2024.
Networks are all about people; they are about progressive change; they are all about supporting the employee journey and inspiring a feeling of belonging.
The purpose of the National Day for Staff Networks is to shine a light and recognise the multiple benefits that staff networks/resource groups offer and in so many cases offer their organisation. Research in 2020/21 showed that 51% of workers wanted to join a network as they returned to working in shared physical spaces. Nearly 40% of organisations relied on their networks to keep them informed on the wellbeing of employees.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and police murder of George Floyd, organisations sought to connect employees and increase DE&I efforts. By 2021, 40% of employers offered an ERG/Network, a 9% increase from 2020, according to Sequoia data. Some organisations, including Salesforce, Netflix, and Betterment, have even hired program directors whose job it is to lead networks.
They’ve also become a key part of organisations’ recruitment and retention strategies. Indeed, 55% of companies say ERGs/Networks have positively impacted their recruiting efforts, while 75% say they’ve helped retain employees, according to a 2021 Salesforce survey.
This is why the National Day for Staff Networks is so important; to recognise and celebrate these hard working groups of people for their added value and how they are making work better.
There are three exciting developments on Wednesday 8th May 2024: