Focus on People
By Melissa Baluk on April 15, 2019
This special award recognizes Canadian employers who create a culture of environmental awareness, develop exceptional earth-friendly initiatives, and – because of their environmental leadership – are attracting employees.
Some of reasons why UBC is being recognized with this award include:
- UBC’s Climate Action Plan commits to reducing the university’s greenhouse gas emissions 67% by 2020 and 100% by 2050, over the 2007 baseline year. The Vancouver campus has already reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 34% while the building footprint and overall student population has increased.
- UBC has an incredible number of highly focused sustainability initiatives across campus to encourage its community to adopt more sustainable behaviours, such as sustainability tours, Sustainability e-newsletters, a Sustainable Campus Food Guide, the UBCBuySmart purchasing program and the Walk’n Roll to School transportation program.
- UBC adopted the LEED Gold certification standard for all new construction and major renovations of institutional buildings with 26 registered and certified buildings – the most for any Canadian university. And with over 400 buildings the university also has an ongoing Building Tune-Up Program as well as a longstanding building retrofit program.
UBC was recently ranked first in the world for taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts and ranked one in Canada for making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, according to Times Higher Education (THE).
To see all of this year’s Greenest employers, visit http://www.canadastop100.com/green/
By Melissa Baluk on March 1, 2019
UBC has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2019. These awards recognize Canadian companies that stand out through their efforts to create inclusive and respectful workplaces.
Here are a few reasons why UBC was selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers:
- UBC created an Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre to provide former students with access to the records of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, as well as facilitate understanding of the history and impact of residential schools for the UBC community and provide context for contemporary relationships.
- UBC maintains an Equity Enhancement Fund to support collaborative student, faculty and staff projects that advance equity and inclusion — in the past year, the fund was used for several projects to enhance UBC’s curriculum through the inclusion of the indigenous way of knowing, knowledge and perspectives.
- UBC manages the Beyond the Binary project to address gaps in awareness and inclusion of trans and gender diverse individuals through staff and faculty training — topics include trans accommodation needs, respectful language and pronoun usage.
Read more about why UBC is a Top Employer at https://content.eluta.ca/top-employer-ubc.
Would you like to learn more about how to positively impact the climate for diversity in the workplace? The Equity & Inclusion Office offers support and resources to help build a community in which human rights are respected, and equity and inclusion are embedded in all areas of life at UBC.
By Melissa Baluk on February 21, 2019
UBC is recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers in 2019. This designation recognizes the British Columbian employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work and the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.
Some of the reasons that UBC was selected as one of BC’s Top Employers this year:
- UBC offers a Healthy Workplace Initiatives Fund to support employee-led grassroots activities that promote wellbeing in the workplace — the unique program features one-time start-up funds and support for health-related and sustainable initiatives, from yoga classes to bike-share programs to building their own community gardens.
- UBC provides new moms and dads maternity and parental leave top-up payments (varying by position); and faculty, staff and students can take advantage of on-campus daycare centres, which have over 600 spaces for children.
- UBC employees work at one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses, which features a shoreline hiking trail and great views of the distant mountains and the surrounding Salish Sea — employees are also encouraged to keep fit with subsidized membership to the onsite state-of-the-art fitness facility that includes instructor-led classes, swimming, skating, tennis, rock climbing and more.
Read more about BC’s Top Employers awards at http://www.canadastop100.com/bc/.
Looking to join UBC? Check out our career listings at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers/.
By Melissa Baluk on January 18, 2019
UBC has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2019, the only Canadian post-secondary institution to receive this designation. This special designation recognizes the employers that offer the nation’s best workplaces and programs for young people starting their careers.
This is the seventh consecutive year that UBC has received this award. Some of the services that UBC offers to support young employees:
- Informal networking initiatives that provide staff opportunities to meet senior leaders, such as the Hot Lunch series at the Vancouver campus and the Pit Stop series at the Okanagan campus
- A Postdoctoral Fellows Office, which acts as a resource centre to help postdocs expand their professional skills; and
- A variety of in-house learning and development programs, including the award winning Coaching@UBC program, career and personal development workshops, and an academic leadership development program for faculty.
Young employees and employees who are new to the workplace can take part in many UBC programs and initiatives to help welcome them to the community and grow in their careers, such as university-wide orientation and in-house apprenticeship and skilled trades training programs.
UBC employees can access career navigation services, professional development funding and tuition waivers. As part of the university community, faculty and staff are encouraged to take part in workplace wellbeing initiatives, and access the athletics and recreation facilities at our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses as well as UBC’s many attractions.
Read more about Canada’s Top Employers awards at http://www.canadastop100.com/young_people/
Looking to join UBC? Check out our career listings at https://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers/.
By Breeonne Baxter on November 20, 2018
What will inspire you to work at UBC in 2025? Share your thoughts in a brief survey at http://focusonpeople.ubc.ca. It should only take about 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey closes December 9, 2018.
Currently in development, the Focus on People Framework supports the university’s strategic plan and will speak to how the university intends to lead as a first-choice place to work for faculty and staff.
For more information about the framework, visit http://focusonpeople.ubc.ca/
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By Breeonne Baxter on October 31, 2018
The 2017-18 Focus on People Benchmark Report provides analytics and insights about UBC’s workforce. Taking into consideration the priorities in UBC’s new strategic plan, Shaping the Next Century, the information in the report is intended to begin to inform the university’s ability to:
- Attract, engage and retain a diverse global community of outstanding student employees, faculty and staff;
- Support the ongoing development of sustainable, healthy and connected campuses and communities; and
- Cultivate a diverse community that creates and sustains equitable and inclusive campuses.
Visit http://focusonpeople.ubc.ca/reporting/ to read the full report.
By Breeonne Baxter on September 13, 2017
The 2016-17 Benchmark Report examines the employment data for UBC’s workforce, looking at insights and trends in areas that inform the outstanding work environment goals at UBC. Visit http://focusonpeople.ubc.ca/reporting/ to read the full report.
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By Breeonne Baxter on August 28, 2017
We are pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the President’s Staff Awards at the Vancouver campus. These awards recognize the personal achievements and contributions that our staff make to UBC, and to the vision and goals of the University.
This year’s President’s Staff Awards recipients are:
- Jennifer Chin, Associate Director, Enrolment Services
- Gerry McGeough, Director, Planning and Design, Campus & Community Planning
Creativity & Innovation
- Natasha Boskic, Senior Manager, Instructional Design, Faculty of Education
- Glenn Jolly, Technician and Electronics Shop Supervisor, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Enhancing the UBC Experience
- Chris McGill, Research Manager, UBC Animal Welfare Program/Program Coordinator, Applied Biology Program, Faculty of Land & Food Systems
- Cherrylyn Navarrete and Sally Vargas, Service Workers, St. John’s College
- Debra Harris, Divisional Assistant, Accounting/Law & Business Communications Group, Sauder School of Business
- Marlene Chow, Director of Academic Programs, Administration and Facilities, Chemical & Biological Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Advancing Diversity & Inclusion
- Debbie Harvie, Managing Director, University Community Services
Please visit http://focusonpeople.ubc.ca/2017/08/28/2017-presidents-staff-awards-vancouver-campus/ to read all about the accomplishments of these recipients.
By Breeonne Baxter on April 21, 2017
Today, we are pleased to share with you that UBC has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2017, for the sixth consecutive year.
Some of reasons why UBC has been recognized with this award include:
- UBC was the first university in Canada to create a sustainable development policy back in 1997, followed by the opening of the first Campus Sustainability Office a year later — in 2010, the UBC Sustainability Initiative was established to create a framework to deeply integrate its academic and operational efforts to create a truly sustainable campus for the long term
- As part of its many ongoing sustainability programs, UBC created the Social, Ecological, Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Sustainability program in 2010 to engage and create collaborative partnerships between students, faculty and employees — since its inception, the program has led to over 1,100 research reports and over 100 applied research projects covering topics such as waste management, procurement, materials, building water, energy, transportation, climate, food systems and biodiversity
- UBC adopted the LEED Gold certification standard for all new construction and major renovations of institutional buildings — the University now has 15 LEED registered and 10 LEED certified buildings, and developed a long-term implementation plan to create the largest portfolio of green buildings at a Canadian university
To see all of this year’s Greenest Employers, visit http://www.canadastop100.com/environmental/.
By Breeonne Baxter on March 28, 2017
UBC has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2017. These awards recognize Canadian companies that stand out through their efforts to create inclusive and respectful workplaces.
Why UBC was selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2017:
- UBC offers an Equity Enhancement Fund to support community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, inclusion and cultural understanding at the university.
- UBC hosts an annual “Thrive” week to encourage dialogue and awareness on mental wellbeing and participates in the “Not Myself Today” campaign — additionally, the university offers meditative and mindfulness programs and provides mental health training to faculty representatives.
- In addition to maintaining an on-campus Positive Space campaign for LGBT communities, UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice supports CampOUT, a community-based summer leadership camp to help queer, trans and allied youth develop leadership skills and build self-esteem.
Staff, faculty and students in the UBC community can take part in our renewed Positive Space training at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses:
- April 21 – 10:00 to 12:00pm, Irving K Barber Learning Centre
- May 16 – 1:00 to 3:00pm, Irving K Barber Learning Centre
Register at http://positivespace.ubc.ca/workshops-vancouver/
We invite those at our Okanagan campus to connect with us to discuss Positive Space training at firstname.lastname@example.org.