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Thriving WorkplaceThe Thriving Workplace Initiative, sponsored by the Office of the President, is an effort to make the University of Maryland the best place to work. The initiative aspires to create a thriving work environment and a culture of engagement and inclusion among all UMD employees. Engaged employees work with passion, feel a profound connection to their workplace and are empowered to succeed. Engaged employees also help an organization reach its full potential. As this university continues its ascendancy as a premier institution "equal to the best," the Thriving Workplace Initiative is critical to harnessing and acknowledging each employee's contributions every step of the way.

Improving the employer-employee relationship and redefining what it means to be an effective leader, manager or supervisor at the university are critical parts of the initiative. So is ensuring that every employee's skills and talents are valued. As we execute our mission, it's critical that every employee feels equipped to succeed and all UMD voices are heard.



Thrive Thursday

Each month, the Center for Leadership & Organizational Change (CLOC) offers a FREE 90 minute learning session to build your thriving workplace knowledge and skills. Seating is limited to 25 participants. All sessions are from 9:00-10:30am and include coffee and tea. Location: CLOC; Seneca Building – Suite 0102, 4716 Pontiac Street, College Park, MD 20740. View flyer for more details.




February 23, 2017

What’s Your Brain Got To Do With It?

Explore how the instinctive tendencies of your brain affect your work and life. Learn strategies to harness its power to promote better communication, understanding, problem-solving, and empathy.

March 16, 2017

Strategic Planning Basics

Not just another report on a shelf.  Learn the elements of an effective strategic plan and processes to help create one.

April 27, 2017

Frequent Recognition and Encouragement

Every seven days – have you given or received praise or recognition? Learn why it’s important and how to give it effectively.

* May 11, 2017

Avoiding Death by Meeting

Learn strategies for leading meetings that are productive, useful, and relevant.

* June 8, 2017

Leading from the Positive Edge

Get farther faster by focusing on what’s right rather than what’s wrong. Learn strategies for enhancing the positive in your work environment.

July 20, 2017

Having Tough Conversations

Discover strategies for having effective conversations about tough topics.

August 17, 2017

Human Needs for a Thriving Workplace

Titles don’t matter when you understand the four basic human needs each of us require to thrive at work.

* September 14, 2017

Feedback & Feedforward

Explore how to give and receive productive feedback (and feedforward).

* October 12, 2017

Managing Unsolvable Problems: Polarities at Work

Many situations at work are not really problems that can be solved but ones that can be managed by understanding the concept of polarities. Learn how to name and navigate through the ups and downs of common workplace polarities.


*Afternoon session added! (for dates in bold). 1:00-2:30 P.M. indicate session time preference when registering.

Register by sending your name, department, and session(s) requests to


Eager for more?

Join the Thriving Workplace listserv to receive periodic tips, book and video suggestions, activities, and announcements. Send an email to with the subject line: listserv, to join the group.

Your Good Idea

What are you doing to create and sustain a thriving workplace? We want to know! Submit the YGI form and you might see your idea on the website. All entries are entered into a drawing each month to receive a copy of The 12 Elements of Great Managing by Rodd Wagner and James K. Harter.


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