Posted on: May 14, 2024 Posted by: Christina Bronner Comments: 0

Finding Balance: Managing ERG Leadership and Career Growth

By: Watchen Nyanue Hampton

 

Question: Hi Watchen, first, let me say thank you for the April Career Vision magazine. I am currently leading an ERG in my company, and the information in the issue was very helpful, but also led me to this question. I do A LOT for our ERG, and we are seeing the benefits to the company, but I am not getting much from it. I raised my hand for the position because I thought it would give me more visibility with decision-makers in my company, but all I’ve gotten is more work on top of my already demanding job. I’m not sure what I should do next, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jillian.

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Answer: Hi Jillian, thank you for reaching out and for your feedback on Career Vision magazine. I’m glad the April issue provided valuable insights for you. At the same time, I understand your concern about feeling overburdened while not receiving the desired benefits from this leadership role.

 

Leading an ERG is a significant commitment on top of your regular job responsibilities. While the work you’re doing is undoubtedly valuable for the company, it’s important that you also feel appreciated and that your efforts are recognized in a way that aligns with your professional goals.

 

Here are a few suggestions that may help address your situation:

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  1. Schedule a meeting with your direct manager or a trusted mentor within the company. Explain the additional workload you’ve taken on with the ERG and discuss how this role could potentially provide more visibility or professional development opportunities for you. Seek their advice on how to effectively communicate your contributions and leverage this experience for career growth.
  2. Reach out to the executive sponsor or leadership team supporting the ERG. Share your concerns about the lack of recognition and ask for their guidance on how to better position yourself for increased visibility with decision-makers. They may have insights into the company’s internal processes and can help you navigate this more effectively.
  3. Consider delegating or sharing responsibilities within the ERG leadership team. This could help alleviate some of the workload while still allowing you to demonstrate your leadership skills and make valuable contributions.
  4. If the situation continues and you feel that your efforts are not being adequately recognized or rewarded, it may be time to reevaluate your involvement in the ERG. While it’s an important initiative, your career growth and well-being should remain a top priority.

Remember, your contributions to the ERG are valuable, and you deserve to feel supported and appreciated for the time and effort you’ve invested. You have to advocate for yourself and seek guidance from mentors or leaders within the company.

 

I hope these suggestions provide a helpful starting point.

 

If you have a career question that you want answered, send me an email at letstalk@choosetheladder.com and it could be answered in one of my upcoming columns. 

 

About the Author: Watchen Nyanue Hampton is the Founder & CEO of  the boutique consulting firm I Choose the Ladder and an expert talent management strategist, speaker, and facilitator who helps Fortune 500 companies keep their employees from quitting.

 

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