Thrive at UW-Madison courses are the beginning of a journey where individuals seek answers to: “What does it look like to be a thriving employee at UW-Madison for me in my current role?” Courses provide space for participants to see their role in creating a healthy, inclusive and engaging work environment. Thrive participants look at situations from different perspectives as they develop skills to navigate times of change, actively listen to others, build trusting relationships, identify and reduce bias, contribute to an inclusive work environment and develop a growth mindset to solve challenging problems. You as an individual can implement these skills in your current role to benefit yourself, your team and your organization. Expect both self-reflection and interactive dialogue as we develop these skills together. Be prepared to take these skills back to your organization and contribute to creating a healthy, inclusive, and engaging work environment.
Why should I attend?
• Skills developed in Thrive prepares you to become the employee you truly want to be. Thrive facilitators will not tell you how to be a thriving employee. They will provide a framework for you to discover some answers, and possibly more questions.
• Success in your career is dependent on understanding who you are and how you come across to supervisors, customers, and peers in a variety of contexts. Thrive is a place to begin to see yourself clearly, and develop skills to form trusting relationships, communicate effectively and navigate challenging work situations
• Develop a fuller understanding of UW-Madison by meeting your colleagues across campus. In each course you will meet employees from other units from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Contact: Lindsay Falkowski, Lindsay.firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-262-4564
Building Trusting Work Relationships:
Explore how to build and maintain trusting relationships through consistent and intentional words and actions. In this course, you will define what trust is. You will explore how to set appropriate boundaries and confront distrust with a five step conversation.
• Define trust and distrust
• Recognize behaviors that build trust
• Set appropriate boundaries
• Confront distrust with a five step conversation
• Building and Managing Relationships
Active Listening to Support Effective Communication
Understanding the perspectives of others, building meaning and creating human connections all stem from listening. Without strategies for active listening, how do you know if you are hearing your supervisor or coworker’s intended message? What information are you missing out on? In this course, dive deep into your patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors to identify internal roadblocks to communication. Learn strategies to connect with others and stay in dialogue.
• Reflect on: the communication process and what gets in the way
- Practice: listening strategies support greater understanding
• Interpersonal Communication
Creating Inclusive Environments:
In this course, participants will develop strategies and approaches to foster an inclusive campus culture. Individuals will explore the elements of an inclusive workplace and develop critical knowledge and skills to become prepared to contribute to a healthy, inclusive and engaging work environment. After completing this session, participants will:
• Define inclusion and describe the value of inclusion in the workplace
• Analyze how personal identities, biases and actions can affect individuals in the workplace
• Be prepared to model inclusive behaviors to contribute to a positive work environment
• Create an Inclusive, Trustful Environment
Expanding Self-Knowledge to Adapt and Thrive
Self-awareness is a critical contributor to workplace success and engagement. In this course, participants will explore dual cognitive processing including its influence on how we take action and make decisions in the workplace. Participants will also explore how personal and social identities can affect relationship building with a focus on how to apply tools to increase self-knowledge through active reflection, overcome assumptions, and enhance problem solving in order to contribute to a healthy, inclusive and engaging work environment. After completing this session, participants will:
• Be able to explain how dual cognitive processes influence actions and decision-making, including the development of unconscious biases
• Analyze and reflect on the potential impact of personal and social identities on workplace relationships and collaboration
• Be able to use self-knowledge to implement problem solving strategies to positively address workplace challenges
Thriving in a Time of Change:
Participants will explore types and characteristics of change to better understand their potential impact on the individual in the workplace Through this course, individuals will develop the knowledge and skills to reflect on current workplace changes and apply strategies to navigate situations of workplace change. After completing this session, participants will:
• Understand the types of change, their impact on the individual
• Be able to apply strategies to respond positively and effectively to change
• Become aware of and apply self-management strategies to navigate situations of change
• Change Management
Exploring Creativity and Innovation:
This course allows participants to explore situations and problems from multiple perspectives. Participants will explore mindsets and learn considerations for overcoming their inner critic and tap into their own, individual creativity. Throughout this course, participants will have opportunities to apply tools and strategies for idea generation and implementation to develop innovative solutions in work situations. After completing this course, participants will be able to...
• Participants will be able to explain the importance of a growth mindset approach to creativity and identify next steps to develop their growth mindset
• Participants will be able to apply strategies for idea generation to develop potential solutions
• Participants will be able to utilize or develop criteria to evaluate ideas and select possible solutions for implementation
• Creativity and Innovation