Staff and Faculty
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 Susanna Mulligan on January 31, 2019
As we approach the March 31 fiscal year-end, we encourage staff to use their professional development funds. Professional development funds are designed to support staff in pursuing professional development opportunities that will enhance their skills, knowledge and ongoing career growth at UBC.
Staff are welcome to make claims to their employee group based PD Fund on a first-come, first-served basis until the budgeted funding pool is exhausted or by the end of the fiscal year, whichever comes first.
Prior to submitting a claim, staff should review their current eligibility status and available personal balance through Faculty & Staff Self Service (select “Staff PD” tab to view) and check their respective HR PD Funding webpage for submission guidelines and updates on the overall fund balance.
Notes about PD funds (Fiscal 2018/19)
- We anticipate that the M&P PD Fund (AAPS) and the BCGEU Okanagan PD Fund will be exhausted before the end of the current fiscal year.
- The TRA PD Fund for non-union technicians and research assistants is closed and no longer accepting PD expense claims for the current funding year.
- It is expected that the other staff PD funds will be able to accommodate funding requests until the March 31 year-end.
- If an employee group’s funding pool balance reaches zero prior to March 31, all individual balances will expire at that time and no further PD claims will be accepted for reimbursement in the current funding year.
Information and updates related to both faculty and staff professional development funds are available on the HR PD Funding webpage.
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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 Marlene Dong on January 18, 2019
On Jan. 30, let’s talk about mental health. Bell Let’s Talk Day is an opportunity to join a national conversation about mental health challenges and help reduce the stigma around mental illness.
UBC is committed to building mentally healthy workplaces where all employees can thrive – and we all have a part to play. Our ability to live, learn, work and support one another at UBC depends on our mental health and resilience. Bell Let’s Talk Day is one of the ways we encourage UBC faculty, staff and students to think about mental health, to reach out to one another and connect with the resources, services and supports available at UBC and in the broader community.
Here are five simple ways you can support mental health at UBC*:
- Learn about the mental health supports available.
- Find out how you can help a colleague in distress or help a student in distress.
- Register for a mental health training program or workshop at UBC Vancouver.
- Use Early Alert to share concerns about students.
- Find out if your workplace has a Wellbeing Liaison – there are over 70 on the Vancouver campus who focus on supporting student wellbeing! If your department/unit doesn’t have a Liaison, consider becoming one.
* Available at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan unless otherwise noted.
End the stigma around mental illness
One in five Canadians will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lifetime. One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help.
Bell Let’s Talk offers 5 simple ways to help end the stigma that keeps too many who struggle with mental illness from seeking the help they need:
- Language matters
- Educate yourself
- Be kind
- Listen and ask
- Talk about it
Get involved with Bell Let’s Talk Day at UBC
- Jan. 25 (7:00 p.m.): Attend the Bell Let’s Talk Women’s Hockey Game, UBC vs. Saskatchewan at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre (UBC Vancouver)
- Jan. 30: Visit one of the many Bell Let’s Talk booths hosted by the Wellness Peers and student leader groups all over campus (UBC Vancouver)
Thank you for supporting Bell Let’s Talk Day and for contributing to a safe, healthy and respectful community at UBC.
About Bell Let’s Talk Day
Bell Let’s Talk is a charitable program dedicated to the promotion and support of mental health across Canada. Since 2010, Bell has committed to donate at least $100 million to support a wide range of mental health organizations, large and small, from coast to coast focusing on anti-stigma, care and access, workplace mental health and research. Annually, on Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each engagement on social media.
By Chelsey Maher on October 26, 2018
The UBC Staff Pension Plan (SPP) Election for two Pension Board members is now under way. Your vote is important in determining who will sit on the pension board and represent the interests of Plan members.
Election packages were mailed to Plan members on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Follow the link below for candidate information and to vote online:
Voting closes at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2018. The results of the election will be posted on the SPP website on Monday, December 3, 2018.
UBC Elections has been tasked with the duty of conducting the election on behalf of the Plan. If you have any questions regarding this election, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604.827.0003.
By Breeonne Baxter on August 14, 2018
We have three upcoming office ergonomics training sessions – all UBC staff and faculty are invited to attend.
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The Ergonomics program at UBC strives to have an Office Ergonomics Representative for each department. Office Ergo Reps are trained by the Ergonomics Advisor in simple computer workstation set-up, signs and symptoms of injuries from poor ergonomic set-up and control strategies to reduce or prevent symptoms.
At this training, Office Ergo Rep participants will learn:
- Basic ergonomic risk factors
- Proper computer workstation set-up
- How to conduct ergonomic assessment for minor issues as well as a quick screen for new hires
Participants will also be provided with training material to share with their colleague
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What To Expect: This workshop will provide participants with important information about different types of sit-stand desks and platforms available on the market. Understanding the pros and cons of each will assist departments, staff and faculty in deciding which option is most suitable.
Product samples will be available for participants to try out in order to get an idea of how the different models impact positioning and workflow.
Workshop participants will also learn proper set-up for sit-stand desks and how frequently to alternate positions. Participants will receive information on UBC’s Sit-Stand Demo Program and process.
This workshop is for managers, purchasing personnel and staff/faculty who are considering getting a sit-stand desk or platform.
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What To Expect:
Optimize your computer work environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury.
This one-hour tutorial combines a presentation and a practical session giving you hands on experience adjusting typical office equipment.
By the end of the tutorial you will know how to set up your chair, keyboard/mouse and monitor to promote neutral working postures.
By Melissa Baluk on August 1, 2018
Applications for the 2018/19 Community Leadership Program are due by Friday, Aug. 10.
The UBC Community Leadership Program is an opportunity for emerging leaders to explore what leadership means to them, and to build their skills while giving back to the community.
Staff and graduate students are welcome to apply for this program. There is no cost to participants.
By Melissa Baluk on July 4, 2018
Are you interested in an experiential leadership opportunity?
The UBC Community Leadership Program is an opportunity for emerging leaders to explore what leadership means to them by enhancing leadership skills, partnering with UBC student leaders, and giving back to community organizations.
Staff from all employee groups, as well as graduate students, are welcome to apply for this program. There is no cost to participants.
Join us at one of our upcoming information sessions to learn more:
Visit clp.ubc.ca for more information and to learn about the impact of last year’s program. If you can’t attend one of the information sessions and have questions about the program, please email Stephanie Thorpe, Workplace Learning Facilitator.
By Chelsey Maher on May 24, 2018
The Staff Pension Plan 2017 Annual Report is available online.
The report includes a Message from the Chair and Executive Director, highlights for the Plan, membership and administration statistics, a review of the Plan’s funds and investment performance, FAQs, and information about how to access your pension information online. View the 2017 Annual Report.