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Thriving reflects the idea that one is growing and on a positive trajectory with regard to work. Thriving individuals experience both vitality (energized and having spirit) and learning (getting better and learning new skills).

Research has shown that thriving individuals have an edge. They are high performers but experience less burnout. They are healthier and miss fewer days of work. They also take more initiative and are better organizational citizens.

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To learn more about thriving, consult works by Michigan Ross professors Gretchen Spreitzer, Kathleen Sutcliffe, Jane Dutton, and Robert Quinn:

Cameron, K. and Spreitzer, G. (Eds.). (2012). Oxford handbook of positive organizational
scholarship. New York: Oxford University Press.

Porath, C., Spreitzer, G., Gibson, C., & Garnett, F.G. (2011).Thriving at work: Toward its measurement, construct validation, and theoretical refinement. Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Spreitzer, G., & Porath, C. (2012) Creating sustainable performance. Harvard Business Review, January-February: 92-99.

Spreitzer, G. & Sutcliffe, K. (2007). Thriving in organizations. In D. Nelson and C. Cooper (eds.) Positive organizational behavior, London: Sage Publications.

Spreitzer, G., Sutcliffe, K., Dutton, J., Sonenshein, S. & Grant, A. (2005). A Socially Embedded Model of Thriving at Work. Organization Science, 16(5): 537-549.