Thrive at UW-Madison consists of courses designed to help UW-Madison staff and faculty discover skills, knowledge, and abilities that allow them to uniquely contribute to their team and/or organization. Each course provides important tools for building one’s capacity to communicate effectively, gain a better understanding of themselves, their organization, and the UW campus culture, and thereby, contribute to creating a healthy, inclusive, and engaging workplace environment. UW-Madison employees are encouraged to participate in learning opportunities that maximize their ability to grow personally and professionally.
- Thrive courses offer individuals the opportunity to participate in a Community of Practice and are required for the completion of any Fully Prepared certificate programs.
- No prerequisite courses are required for Thrive.
The intended audience for Thrive is broad and all-inclusive. These courses may be taken by any individual employed by the University as professional development opportunities, and as previously mentioned, will count as required work for the completion of any Fully Prepared certificate programs.
- These courses range between 2.5 to 3 hours in length and are all classroom sessions.
For more information, contact Program Coordinator Jacob Klett with Learning and Talent Development at firstname.lastname@example.org@wisc.edu or by phone at 608-890-1872.
Program Offerings include the following:
1. Building and Managing Work Relationships (3 hr.):
Individuals will gain understanding of their ability to develop, initiate, and sustain workplace relationships in a way that is of mutual benefit to oneself and others and assists in community-building within an engaging and inclusive workplace environment.
- Articulate the importance of developing and maintaining constructive, cooperative working relationships with peers, co-workers, and management;
- Recognize why difference matters but doesn’t hinder relationship building;
- Learn to cultivate mutual rewarding relationships.
- Building and Managing Relationships
- Fully Prepared to Lead Equivalent Competency: Fostering Bridge-Building and Collaboration
2. Communicating Effectively in the Workplace (3 hr.):
Individuals will gain tools for developing listening and speaking skills that will assist in creating healthy and productive workplace environments. Individuals will begin to develop the ability to focus on outcome and gain understanding of how communication processes work to help organize and express ideas.
- Identify effective communication skills that can help build an inclusive, healthy work culture;
- Develop an understanding of basic communication styles and needs;
- Identify useful techniques for embracing new ideas and multiple points-of-view.
- Interpersonal Communication
- Fully Prepared to Lead Equivalent Competency: Interpersonal Communication
3. Creating Inclusive Environments (3 hr.):
Individuals will develop tools to foster a campus culture that reflects the elements of inclusive organizations. The purpose of the course is to create work environments that allow each UW employee to prosper and thrive personally and professionally.
- Identify personal and social identities in order to identify their dominant and subordinate group membership;
- Identify ways to demonstrate inclusive behavior;
- Identify and define microaggressions and unconscious bias;
- Describe the benefits of diversity and inclusion and how inclusion can be create a healthier workplace.
- Create an Inclusive, Trustful Environment
- Fully Prepared to Lead Equivalent Competency: Honoring Context and Culture
4. Enhancing Well-Being with Self Knowledge (3 hr.):
Individuals will discover how self-knowledge can help them contribute purposefully and more productively to the work environment. Participants will gain personal insights into the self-reflection process, develop tools to guide the self-reflection process, and learn how these discoveries apply to and can influence their general well-being.
- Learn processes for reflecting on reactions and responses to personal experiences to inform and influence future behaviors;
- Identify at least 4 of the seven dimensions of wellness that directly affect your work life and gain understanding of the holistic approach to well-being;
- Apply gained knowledge and skills to increase success in the workplace (create an action plan or identify next steps)
- Fully Prepared to Lead Equivalent Competency: Self Awareness
5. Exploring Creativity and Innovation (3 hr.):
Individuals will develop tools that encourage the exploration of idea generation and implementation. These processes are designed to help individuals contribute to their team in constructive and productive ways.
- Identify the difference between creativity and innovation;
- Explain how creativity and innovation in the workplace leads to engagement and inclusion;
- Demonstrate an individual’s own creativity;
- Utilize individual and group techniques to help generate creative ideas to help address work-based questions.
- Creative Thinking
- Fully Prepared to Lead Equivalent Competency: Supporting Learning and Development of Others
6. Knowing the UW (2.5 hr.):
Individuals will gain fundamental knowledge of the university’s vision and structure and how their work connects to its mission. They will engage in informative activities to help them connect with one another, learn how the UW is funded and governed, and emerge with a greater appreciation their roles within the campus community.
SPECIAL NOTE: This course will be especially useful to individuals who have been with the university for at least 6 months to a year; however, all are welcome.
- Identify the organizational structure and understand the UW-Madison's strategic vision and mission;
- List the critical success factors of the organization and how one’s role connects and assists with the university’s mission;
- Identify places to connect with peers and co-works in the university in order to build community.
- Knowledge of UW-Madison
- Fully Prepared to Lead Equivalent Competency: Decision-Making
7. Thriving in a Time of Change (3 hr.):
Individuals will examine ways to embrace expected or unforeseen organizational and/or personal life change. The course is designed to encourage the value of change management and to show individuals how they can contribute to processes with constructive, productive responses to change.
- Identify different types of change;
- Modify decisions and actions in responses to new information and changing circumstances;
- Reflect on personal choices that will help with change and transition.
- Change Management
- Fully Prepared to Lead Equivalent Competency: Moving Ideas into Action