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How ERGs Provide Additional Support to Capgemini New Hires

Category : People

Capgemini NA endorses 11 Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that support our Diversity & Inclusion program.  An ERG can be thought of as a network of colleagues with a common purpose. Any employee can join an ERG, or create a new ERG. 

Currently, there are approximately 1,300 Capgemini NA employees who participate in one of our ERGs.  Employees are encouraged to support the ERG program in one of the following ways:

·         Join an ERG

·         Offer a training/presentation to an ERG

·         Attend ERG sponsored events/webinars and encourage others to do the same

·         Share information about ERGs to new employees and recruits

·         Recognize employees who you work with for their support of ERG

The ERGs’ objectives are aligned with a concept referred to as the 4C’s.  Activities planned by the ERGs must connect with 1 or more of the 4C’s to ensure maximum benefit to Capgemini employees and our business.  The 4C’s are:

·         Commerce

·         Culture

·         Career

·         Community

Each ERG has a dynamic leadership team which works to make a positive impact for its members, and Capgemini employees more broadly. 

As NA Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager, I take pride in the fact that many of our new hires become engaged in our ERG program soon after joining Capgemini.  And they are actively engaged, bring great energy and new ideas! 

This early career engagement in ERGs in being driven through education about the ERG program during the campus recruitment process and new hire onboarding.  This fall, campus recruits who attend Capgemini’s 2nd Round Interviews will participate in an interactive session about the ERG program, led by ERG Leaders.  New hires participate in a live or webinar session which educates about all aspect of Capgemini’s Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (CR&S) efforts, which includes information about Environmental Sustainability and Community Engagement, in addition to Diversity & Inclusion.

In this article, Danielle Jackson, A3 ERG member shares why she joined an ERG soon after joining Capgemini, and the benefit of her involvement.

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The prospect of moving to a new city with a new job came with a nerve-wracking excitement. I, however, felt unprepared. I was thrilled to start networking with my colleagues, yet at first I didn’t know where to start.  That’s when I made the decision to join an ERG.

Capgemini offers a wide array of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), that are reminiscent of extra-curricular school organizations, but with more impact! The ERGs range in focus and include supporting women leaders, promoting innovation amongst the millennial generation, and improving environmental sustainability. I chose to get involved with A³, which helps to further the development of diversity and inclusion within Capgemini with an emphasis on the African American community.

During my time with A3, I have come to understand how important joining an ERG was to onboarding into the company. Here is a snapshot on some of the ways that joining the A³ ERG benefited my experience as a new hire:

1.Networking

Networking is the most prominent factor in promoting career advancement as well as acclimation to a new company. Through A³, I was able to come into the office on my first day with a community of support behind me. I made instant connections with others within the ERG and that furthered my confidence to reach out to others. You can easily become engaged through brainstorming new ideas and common interests. That propels you to make connections to see those ideas come to fruition.

2.Community Impact

Getting involved with my community was a huge deal to me. Especially after moving to a new city, I wanted to ensure that I found ways to give back and become an active part of the community- both within and outside of Capgemini. Through a peer in A³, I was able to learn about an opportunity to join Spark: an organization geared towards pushing middle school students towards achieving success through developing their skillset. I am now a mentor to a fantastic young woman, and I cannot wait to be blinded by her bright future. My involvement with the ERG also gave me the chance to facilitate a portion of a team building workshop. This event provided a fun environment that gave insight on collaboration best practices for both peers and clients. I can now say with confidence that my ERG involvement strengthened my connection to my community.

3.Leadership Opportunity

Many people strive to grow their leadership skills. In order to build on your reputation, and your ability to add value to projects, you need to take initiative early. ERGs provide the perfect environment to develop your professional skills. ERGs allow you to take immediate and early leadership roles. There is always something new to bring to the table and a chance to provide more value to your ERG’s cause. If you have a new idea- act on it!  Your ERG, your community and your future will all benefit from what you can accomplish in your ERG. 

Living the consultant life, with everyone involved on projects in different physical locations, it can be challenging to develop lasting bonds. Luckily, I am able to connect with my ERG members to facilitate team building workshops, maintain diversity in recruitment and participate in other areas I am passionate about. I am so glad to have had the experience of being a part of A³, and I hope you all are inspired to pursue an active role in whatever community you are interested in!

Additional information about Capgemini’s ERG program, can be found via the blog links below.

Employee Resource Groups Make An Impact for Capgemini North America

Capgemini NA Hosts 2016 Employee Resource Groups Strategic Leadership Meeting

Danielle’s bio is also below, in her own words…written in the spirit of fun!

Thank you for reading! My name is Danielle and I joined Capgemini in June 2016 after graduating from the University of Oklahoma. I am aligned to the Chicago office and am a data analyst within the CSD service line. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring new cities, conversing with friends, and obsessing over puppy photos. My favorite pastime is taking long, romantic walks on the beach… and being sarcastic.

 

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