Thrive! Stress Management Program
It’s not only about managing stress, it’s about learning how to thrive! The MHealthy Thrive! Program is a comprehensive stress management and prevention program that aims to foster psychological well-being by energizing work climates, enhancing relationships, and maximizing personal strengths.
MHealthy Thrive! Mission Statement
The mission of the MHealthy Thrive! Stress management program is to foster individual and community well-being by energizing work climates, enhancing relationships, and maximizing personal strengths.
MHealthy Thrive! Program Background
MHealthy convened the Stress Management Task Force in response to employee wellness assessment data indicating stress as one of the most prevalent health risk factors in the U-M employee population. The group was charged with recommending and overseeing the implementation of appropriate MHealthy stress management activities for the U-M community in order to positively impact health and well-being, and foster a psychologically healthy workplace.
Based on a thorough review and discussion of U-M data, evidence-based research literature, and benchmarking results, and informed by the collective expertise and experience of task force members, the MHealthy Stress Management Task Force adopted a comprehensive stress prevention and management approach, making recommendations across three levels.
- Individual Level:Focus on training and development of individual employees with the goal of improving skills, values, and behaviors.
- Group Level: Focus on social connections with the goal of improving how employees relate to each other.
- Organizational Level: Focus on overall work environment with the goal of improving workplace culture.
The recommendations are further organized across seven guiding principles for a psychologically healthy workplace.
- Stress Management Training for Individuals: The University commits to a comprehensive stress management program to develop and sustain skills that help individuals cope with stress.
- Civility: The University commits to a respectful and civil workplace marked by trust and accountability.
- Leadership: The University attracts, hires, and develops leaders who foster a psychologically healthy work environment.
- Participatory Workforce: The University commits to an engaged and participatory workforce that has a say in decisions affecting work.
- Realistic Workload: The University commits to a realistic workload that allows a sustainable and thriving workforce.
- Collaboration: The University commits to friendship and collaboration in the workplace.
- Showcase Exemplars: The University commits to identify, showcase, and learn from exemplary work units that demonstrate healthy stress management behaviors.
Expected benefits of MHealthy Thrive!
Promoting a more psychologically healthy workplace at the University of Michigan by preventing and managing workplace stress can be expected to result in many benefits such as increased retention of faculty and staff; reduced health-related costs; reduced absenteeism; an enhanced educational environment for students; enhanced patient care & safety; enhanced creativity & productivity; improved employee health and quality-of-life; and improved employee satisfaction, engagement, and morale.