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By implementing SHIP in your organization you should see positive impacts1,2 (refs.)
for employees and the overall organization such as:
  • Reduced stress and work-life conflict
  • Increased team communication and effectiveness
  • Improved employee health and safety    
  • Enhanced work processes and practices

Introduce SHIP to Your Organization

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Welcome to the SHIP toolkit! The following documents can be used to introduce SHIP to your organization.




Supervisor Training

Supervisor Training

The Supervisor Training is an essential aspect of SHIP and outlines the importance of supervisor support in improving employee health and safety.

*The computer-based training link will take you to a website external to OHSU. NwETA, LLC is the company that collaborates with OHSU in the offering of the trainings in these toolkits. OHSU has a financial interest in this company and Dr. Anger, who is the Director of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center at OHSU, is the company's President. If you would like more information about this, please contact the OHSU Integrity Department at (503) 494-8849 or .

Supervisor Behavior Tracking

Supervisor Behavior Tracking

The Behavior Tracking activity is designed to improve the transfer of trained behaviors following the Supervisor Training. This activity involves using a notecard or lanyard to set goals and track supportive behaviors. See Supervisor Training tab for an overview of the tracking process. The tracking activity has the following elements:

Team Effectiveness Process

Teem Effectiveness

The Team Effectiveness Process (TEP) is a structured group discussion in which supervisors and their teams meet to brainstorm solutions for better work practices and an enhanced work environment.

TEP is a tool developed by our partners, WFD Consulting, and consists of work practice assessments, accompanying tools, and templates. Here are the components of TEP:

Regular Follow-Up

Regular Follow-Up

Follow-up and check-ins are an essential aspect of SHIP and help ensure that all that is learned becomes embedded into everyday work practices.  The SHIP follow-up component includes:


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Why Adopt SHIP?

National statistics report, more than

  • 40% of workers report that their job was very or extremely stressful
  • 25% view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives
  • Job stress was a greater concern to worker health than either financial or family problems
  • Furthermore, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics over 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries/illnesses occur annually, which cost employers $1 billion per week in workers' compensation, plus other associated costs such as

  • Medical expenses
  • Legal services
  • Training replacement employees
  • Accident investigation
  • Lost productivity
  • Implementation of corrective measures
  • We developed SHIP to address these major organizational concerns and improve employee outcomes. Find out more about how we developed SHIP.


     1. Hammer, L., Truxillo, D., Bodner, T., Rineer, J., Pytlovany, A., & Richman, A. (2015). Effects of a workplace intervention targeting psychosocial risk factors on safety and health outcomes: Psychosocial factors and workers health and safety [Special issue]. BioMed Research International, 1-12. doi: 10.1155/2015/8369672.

    2. Hammer, L., Truxillo, D., Bodner, T., Pytlovany, A., Richman, A. & Rineer, J. (in preparation). LMX and Work-Family Intervention Effects.

    The science behind SHIP

    Where did SHIP come from? Did you know that it came from a rigorously tested study? Learn the science story behind SHIP.

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