Helping employees thrive in the workplace


There are a variety of university programs to help employees at the University of Michigan nurture their careers, health and emotional well-being. Here are some of the ways U-M faculty and staff can pursue their goals and seek support outside of the cubicle, and hear from professionals about how health and well-being can be an integral part of the workplace.

Working with the COVID-19 pandemic

  • U-M COVID-19 Response: The university has revamped its COVID-19 website with streamlined content to better focus on guidance and resources for the Ann Arbor campus community regarding COVID-19 exposure, infection and the community-risk level, as well as information about the university’s vaccination requirement, how to get a COVID-19 test on campus and community expectations for using the university’s daily symptom checker, ResponsiBLUE. Go to
  • Human resources and COVID-19: Information for employees about working from home, pandemic-related workplace rules, paid time off options, resources to support mental, emotional and physical health, guidance for supervisors, updates to benefit plans and more. Go to
  • Flexible work options: This site acquaints users with new ways of working and helps employees and managers implement flexibility that is mutually beneficial. Go to
  • Remote resource guides: For those who work remotely, there are resources to help bring your university work to you. Guides are available for the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint and Michigan Medicine campuses. Go to

Healthy lifestyles, mental health and well-being

  • Well-being at U-M: This philosophy embraces the concept that well-being encompasses the whole person, with many factors affecting one’s quality of life and playing a part in achieving balance, purpose and vitality in one’s career and at home. Use this model and the resources available through the university to help on the journey to well-being. Go to
  • MHealthy: The university’s flagship health and well-being program for faculty and staff offers a variety of programs and resources to help you thrive physically and mentally, including nutrition programs, fitness classes, alcohol and tobacco management programs and more. Go to
  • Emergency Hardship Program: Provides resource recommendations and, in specific emergency cases, funds up to $1,500 for housing or rental expenses, and  up to $1,000 for other essential needs to help employees with sudden and significant financial hardships, such as family crises or natural disasters. Go to
  • Michigan Medicine Wellness Office: Aims to help promote well-being resources and services that help the community navigate work-life integration. Go to
  • Michigan Medicine Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience: Offers confidential, compassionate, evidence-based counseling, consultation and debriefing services to all Michigan Medicine faculty and staff. Go to
  • Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office: Along with offering short-term, confidential counseling, the office also provides personalized coaching services and hosts support groups to faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. Go to
  • Occupational Health Services: Provides services to Michigan Medicine and Ann Arbor campus faculty and staff for the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of occupational illnesses and injuries. Go to

Employee advocacy

  • International Center: Serves international faculty, staff and their families and hiring units on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. Assists with immigration advisement, case preparation and management, compliance and risk management guidance, programming and advocacy. Go to
  • Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office: Addresses concerns related to discrimination and discriminatory harassment — including sexual misconduct — and supports faculty, staff, students and management in diversity, inclusiveness, equal access, equitable treatment, and cultural understanding and competency. Go to
  • Office of the University Faculty Ombuds: A confidential, impartial, informal and independent resource that helps resolve academic and administrative problems and disputes through procedures that may be preferable to a formal grievance or judicial proceedings. Go to
  • Office of the Staff Ombuds: Promotes a civil and inclusive university community by providing independent, confidential, impartial and informal conflict resolution services to all non-bargained-for staff on the Ann Arbor campus and at Michigan Medicine. Go to
  • Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Reporting: U-M is committed to preventing sexual and gender-based misconduct and offering support to those who have been harmed. Learn how to get help, make a report or view the university’s Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Umbrella Policy. Go to

Career development and mentoring

  • CEW+: Supports U-M students, faculty and staff and the surrounding community with events and workshops, funding, counseling and advocacy initiatives. Offerings include career and education counseling and the Women of Color in the Academy Project, a campuswide network that supports scholarship focused on understanding and addressing the experiences of women of color in the academy. Go to
  • ADVANCE Program: Delivers programs, resources and research supporting faculty recruitment, retention, climate and leadership. Examples include Launch Committees, which offer a circle of support for new tenure-track assistant professors as they begin their careers at U-M, and faculty recruitment workshops, which teach practices that make searches more successful in producing diverse candidates. Go to
  • Center for Research on Learning and Teaching: Collaborates with faculty, administrators and graduate student instructors to support and enhance learning and teaching. Go to
  • Organizational Learning: U-M’s central department for professional, career and leadership development offering free professional and leadership development programs that cover topics like communication and management. Courses are available to faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses and at Michigan Medicine. Go to
  • LinkedIn Learning: Thousands of online courses are available at no cost to benefits-eligible faculty and staff through LinkedIn Learning. Go to
  • Career Path Navigator: A tool for career planning that shows how an employee’s current position relates to other market titles in the U-M Family Classification System. The tool allows employees to review and compare positions and career changes. Go to

Work-life balance

  • Work-Life Resource Center: Serves as the hub for resources and tools promoting work-life flexibility at U-M, including child care, elder care and lactation resources. Go to

Service opportunities

  • Voices of the Staff: Seeks to improve the workplace by bringing together 120 staff each year to meet monthly, define workplace challenges, develop solutions, and share feedback with leadership. Go to
  • Mentoring programs: Several U-M mentoring programs give faculty and staff the opportunity to connect and help students navigate their college experience. For more information and a list of some of the university’s mentoring programs, go to

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