Mayo Employee Resource Groups

Mayo Clinic, our diversity is part of what
makes us unique. Professionals with diverse talents, backgrounds and beliefs brought together
to deliver exemplary patient care. And while many quickly identify with the Mayo community
professionally, others struggle to make that same connection. It’s normal to feel lonely or it’s normal
to not know where to go. Due to language, culture and a lot of differences,
when the new people come here, they will have a lot of difficulties; sometimes very frustrating. Mayo Employee Resource Groups or MERGs are
designed to facilitate their members’ orientation and integration into Mayo Clinic and the surrounding
community. These groups create a space for folks to connect
and share, identify points of pain, and then identify solutions. A lot of members feel this is very good and
they are all very grateful to have this group like we have our platform to voice or to seek
help. When you go, they make you feel so at home,
especially for people like myself who came to Arizona and you know, you don’t necessarily
have family here. I do see some great opportunities from a professional
standpoint. Everyone is invited to everything, no matter what culture or group that you are
designated to. So, it’s taking the opportunity to connect
individuals to get the sense of belonging, being a part of the organization, which I
have found made a difference and made the difference for me. But the benefits that the Mayo Employee Resource
Groups offer individuals go far beyond a sense of belonging. They are designed to help support,
stimulate, and engage employees in order to promote professional growth within the organization. The benefits for being a member of the employee
resource groups include professional development, coaching, mentoring, visibility to senior
leadership, structured activity for networking, community outreach opportunities. These groups also provide a conduit to help
identify and facilitate solutions to cultural barriers. We worked with the Chinese networking
group known today as the Chinese MERG group to identify what their needs were and was
able to meet their needs by providing a benefit university class specifically for that group. Mayo Employee Resource Groups not only benefit
employees, but they serve Mayo from a strategic standpoint as well. A lot of information shows that the happier
we are, the better that we work, the more productive we are, the more engaged we are
in what we do. This spills over very quickly and very easily and has direct impact and
influence into patient care. Hopefully as employees grow they will tell
their friends about working at Mayo, tell them Mayo is a great place to be and hopefully
enhance our recruitment of very, very talented people into the organization. Mayo provides these groups with multiple levels
of support. First and foremost, tactical support. When
we want to execute an activity or program, we can provide that in terms of people, we
can provide that financially. Also key to these groups is to change from in the past
is an executive sponsor. This is someone who acts as an advocate for the groups. They also
serve as someone who can eliminate barriers, can help them navigate the course as they
try to execute what they’re planning. Whether you are new to Mayo Clinic or want
to shape a more culturally inclusive environment, make a difference by getting involved in a
Mayo Employee Resource Group. For more information, visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
on the intranet, or call us. Do you want to be involved? Do you want to
be engaged? Do you want to make a difference? If you’re interested in any of those things,
in having a successful career here at Mayo personally, individually and having a greater
sense of community, then you need to join Mayo Employee Resource Groups.

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