How to Build a Thriving Workplace: A Leader’s Guide

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of practical suggestions and strategies I finished this course over the last 4 weeks and am employing several strategies from this course as input to be a better manager for my team and leader within my cmpany. I found professor Cabrera's style and approach very helpful. In each lecture she provides an overview, clear evidence of the value, and concrete steps anyone can take. I used the guide book as well to reinforce key concepts and strategies.
Date published: 2021-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The title is very intriguing and inspiring. I bought the course just a little while ago and enjoyed it very much!
Date published: 2020-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very useful I am using this course in my business. I introduced some ideas at a recent staff meeting and got great results. Planning on continuing to build a THRIVING workplace.
Date published: 2020-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for Both Personal and Professional Lives I used to work in HR and majored in psychology, so I found this course fascinating. I highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to improve both their personal and professional lives. Professor Cabrera offers engaging content, excellent academic research and relatable real-world examples.
Date published: 2020-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye opening! As a supervisor, I truly found this lecture insightful. The information provided was informative and easy to put into practice. I especially like how the topics are broken down for easier review and under 30 minutes to listen too.
Date published: 2019-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1st Rate Course! This is one of the best courses I've watched at The Great Courses. Dr. Cabrera does a wonderful job outlining the guideposts to a positive, healthy and thriving work environment. The video isn't just for the work environment. All of the concepts can be adopted to raising a healthy and thriving family. Thank you for the wonderful and well presented material Dr. Cabrera! I'm a better person for taking your course.
Date published: 2019-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How To Build a Thriving Workplace I’ve learned a lot from this video. Great presentation!
Date published: 2019-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating - Great Speaker - Positive & Inspiring No matter what kind of business or organization you work with, this will surely be helpful. It shows ways to make work more positive for employees as well as how to make more money.
Date published: 2019-01-09
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How to Build a Thriving Workplace: A Leader’s Guide
Course Trailer
Workplace Well-Being: The New Frontier
1: Workplace Well-Being: The New Frontier

What’s the next competitive frontier in business? It’s the relationship between employee experience and company success. Learn about the exciting new research showing a clear link between employee well-being and your company’s bottom line.

32 min
Mindfulness at Work: The Power of Presence
2: Mindfulness at Work: The Power of Presence

While most of us believe multi-tasking increases our productivity, scientific studies reveal the opposite. Explore why mindfulness has proven to be a better path to emotional well-being and optimal work performance. Discover how to develop and implement the practice of mindfulness in your life.

31 min
Positive Outlook, Positive Performance
3: Positive Outlook, Positive Performance

Can starting your day off with a few smiles really make a difference in your work performance? Yes! Discover how positive emotions can impact our brain structure and chemistry, resulting in significant psychological, cognitive, social, and health benefits that can improve work performance.

27 min
Fostering Employee Optimism and Hope
4: Fostering Employee Optimism and Hope

Optimism and hope are two powerful ingredients in the recipe for a thriving workplace, and studies have confirmed their correlation to the bottom line. Explore the important differences between these two concepts and the specific ways in which employees can learn to shift from pessimistic or hopeless attitudes to more optimistic and hopeful ones.

29 min
The Advantage of Workplace Relationships
5: The Advantage of Workplace Relationships

Our brains are wired for social interaction, and research has confirmed that our relationships with others significantly impact both our ability to thrive and our work performance. Find out how to foster high-quality social connections among employees and how those connections can have a positive impact.

33 min
Encouraging Generosity and Compassion
6: Encouraging Generosity and Compassion

Scientists now believe nature rewarded not only the fittest, but also the kindest. Explore how to foster generosity and compassion in the workplace, and the many ways in which these qualities lead to stronger relationships and greater productivity. Also, explore the benefits of self-compassion.

33 min
Creating an Inspiring Learning Environment
7: Creating an Inspiring Learning Environment

We all want to learn and grow throughout our careers, yet some people are more open to learning new concepts and skills than others. Find out how leadership can create an environment of psychological safety, curiosity, and creativity, which will inspire all employees to learn, grow, and thrive.

31 min
Engaging Your Workforce: The Power of Flow
8: Engaging Your Workforce: The Power of Flow

We’re familiar with the concept of athletes and artists experiencing “flow” or being “in the zone.” They report performing almost effortlessly while time goes by unnoticed when they are fully engaged in their work. Discover how creating more opportunities for flow at work and adopting a strengths-based leadership approach can benefit both your employees and your organization.

29 min
The Need for Meaning: Making Work Matter
9: The Need for Meaning: Making Work Matter

Many people look to their work for a sense of fulfillment and meaning. But meaning doesn’t come from the specific task performed; it is derived from an individual’s understanding of the task’s purpose. Explore the many ways to help employees understand how their work and the company’s collective activities serve colleagues, customers, and community.

27 min
Promoting Workplace Resilience
10: Promoting Workplace Resilience

The modern workplace can be a stressful environment. But whether that stress is harmful or helpful depends on an individual’s mindset—a mindset that can be changed. Examine specific strategies that can help develop resilience. A more resilient workforce can lead to increased performance and decreased employee turnover.

30 min
Strategies for Employee Health
11: Strategies for Employee Health

The research is clear that a few well-planned front-end investments in employee health can prevent significant costs later on. Explore the many ways in which workplace environment and culture can promote better health through exercise, eating habits, sleep, rest, and relaxation.

30 min
Autonomy: Empowering Employees to Succeed
12: Autonomy: Empowering Employees to Succeed

Autonomy—the feeling of being in control and having the ability to accomplish your goals—is one of the most powerful components of well-being, and companies where employees have greater autonomy significantly outperform competitors. Learn the best ways to give up a bit of control, even though it’s difficult for most of us. It will be well worth the effort.

31 min
Beth Cabrera


Georgia Institute of Technology


George Mason University

About Beth Cabrera

Beth Cabrera is a Senior Scholar at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University, where she conducts research on applying principles of positive psychology to improve personal and professional well-being. She received her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. After earning her PhD, Dr. Cabrera joined the faculty of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, one of Spain’s top universities, and continued her career as a Professor of Management at Arizona State University. She also became a senior research fellow at the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Dr. Cabrera is the president and founder of Cabrera Insights, a leadership development firm that assists companies in creating and maintaining positive work environments. Her research has been published in leading academic and professional journals, and she is the author of the book, Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-Being.

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