Manager training sessions help build healthy workplace culture

June 4, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

You likely know about MHealthy thanks to Active U, healthy recipes and the incentives you can earn through its Rewards program. These offerings (and many more) contribute to a culture of health and well-being at U-M. But did you know that MHealthy also trains managers and supervisors on how to build this culture in their own work areas?

“Leaders Creating a Culture at Its Best,” MHealthy’s manager training program, teaches participants how to create thriving work teams where health and well-being contribute to success. The program is offered free of charge to U-M managers and supervisors.

Meeting a need for manager training

MHealthy developed the training program in response to data showing strong support for well-being programs among top-level leadership and individuals, but a need for more concrete strategies among mid-level leaders.

Since August 2016, more than 600 managers and supervisors from varying areas of the university have participated in the program.

“This course addresses workplace culture and creating an environment where team members can thrive and achieve their goals — whatever those goals are,” said Marsha Manning, manager of medical benefits for the university and a former participant. “The focus on understanding the diversity of employees and creating an environment that supports this diversity is really valuable for leaders at every level across the organization.”

Holistic approach to well-being

At each half-day workshop, managers and supervisors learn to identify behaviors associated with U-M’s eight-dimensions of well-being: physical, emotional/mental, environmental, financial, occupational, social, intellectual and spiritual. The workshops are highly interactive, engaging attendees through tools from Liberating Structures, journaling and — as you might expect from MHealthy — movement.

“One thing I’ve noticed is how much participants respond to the mental and emotional aspects of well-being, including daily practices like gratitude and kindness,” said Melissa Lagodzinski, who leads the program. “The way these things connect to our overall health hasn’t always been obvious for people.”

Upcoming workshops and custom sessions

Registration is now open for a number of half-day sessions at Palmer Commons or the Towsley Center. Michigan Medicine dates include July 19, Oct. 17 and Nov. 15.

You can also contact Melissa Lagodzinski about creating a custom workshop for your unit to help address specific health and well-being challenges, such as time constraints and the physical environment.

Visit the MHealthy website to learn more and register!

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