Workplace Well-Being Best Practices

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Improving Workplace Engagement

Helping employees to see their work as fulfilling, increasing their sense of self-worth and advancing their skills.

  • Managing workloads

  • Professional growth

  • Eliminating administrative burdens

  • Education, training and learning options

"GROSS" Campaign: "Get Rid of Stupid Stuff":

      • Learn about the original intervention to reduce administrative burden here

Workload Reduction Initiative:

Creating Caring Teams

Supervisors and managers create psychologically safe workplaces, are caring, listen to employee concerns and treat them well.

  • Transparent communication

  • Access to leadership

  • Promoting positive environments

  • Building community

  • Allowing feedback

  • Providing support

Social events to build community:

  • Coffee Chats

  • Virtual Happy Hour

  • Virtual Talent Show

  • Name That Faculty: Childhood photos of various team members

Promoting positive environments:

  • Kudos - dedicated time during team meetings to recognize and appreciate individuals and their work

  • Moments of Joy - Team members submit meme, photo, video, etc. that is uplifting, and is shared at team meeting

Provide support:

Connecting to Leaders:

      • Leader Forum - A 30 to 60-minute touch-base with departmental leadership to discuss state of affairs

      • Leader Q&A - regular meeting dedicated to opening up space for team members to ask leaders questions and provide input (For example: What have we learned? What should we start, stop, and continue doing as a team?)

      • Town Halls - Host department, unit, team, etc. town hall forums to share survey results, discuss concerns, and ask for ideas to foster transparency and community engagement

      • SBAR - Utilize the HRO tool, SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation) to communicate new ideas to leadership in your area.

Check-in & allow feedback:

Promoting Work-Home Flexibility

Reducing employee stress and pressure so that work does not negatively affect their private life or their self-esteem.

  • Advocate healthy work/life balance

  • Reducing stigma and improve usage of available services

  • Encouraging self-care


  • Facilitated Conversations: An HR representative leads a session aimed at fostering candid discussion about well-being. For more information, contact Denise Williams

  • Peer Support: Utilize existing peer support programs at Michigan Medicine. More information HERE [link to Peer Support COMPASS site]

  • Wellness Check-Ins: Incorporate regular discussions addressing well-being in your team(s) such as the Wellness Office Check-in Guide.

Departmental Communications

Family Care Needs