University of British Columbia
By Breeonne Baxter on August 8, 2019
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:
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.
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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.
By Melissa Baluk on June 7, 2019
The plays – created and performed by UBC faculty and staff participating in the Rehearsing Conflict workshop series (June 13-20) – are an opportunity to explore and engage with workplace conflict using the situation and tools of theatre. We hope you can join us for this unique theatre experience.
Audience members are invited to take part in the plays but all participation is voluntary.
Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP here.
Thursday, June 20, 2019
11:30am – 1:30 pm
Dorothy Somerset Studios, 6361 University Boulevard V6T 1Z2
By Melissa Baluk on June 7, 2019
On June 18, UBC’s Lynda.com subscription for faculty and staff is being upgraded to the newly-named online learning platform, LinkedIn Learning.
LinkedIn Learning provides the same great Lynda.com content delivered through an intuitive, new learning experience that’s powered by insights from the LinkedIn network. This online educational platform helps all levels of learners discover and develop workplace business, technology-related, and creative skills through expert-led course videos.
On June 18, faculty and staff will be able to access LinkedIn Learning using their CWL through the UBC portal.
- As of June 17, you will no longer be able to access Lynda.com.
- If you have previously accessed Lynda.com, your learning history and data will carry over automatically to LinkedIn Learning as long as you log in to LinkedIn Learning once this year.
- If you have a personal profile with LinkedIn.com, you can choose to connect this with your UBC LinkedIn Learning profile – or not. The choice is up to you, and you can change your mind down the road.
To learn more about the upgrade, including how to activate your account and the benefits of connecting your profiles, please visit Before the Upgrade.
For news and updates, please continue to visit hr.ubc.ca.
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By Chelsey Maher on May 24, 2019
This year’s UBC Staff Pension Fair takes place on Thursday, June 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre on the Vancouver campus. This is a drop-in event; no RSVP is required.
The Pension Fair is a great opportunity for members to learn more about their pension plan and increase their pension knowledge. We are also pleased to have the following groups in attendance:
- UBC Retirement and Survivor Benefits
- UBC Employee and Family Assistance Program
- UBC Investment Management Trust (IMANT) Inc.
- CARP (Canadian Association for Retired Persons)
- BC Federation of Retired Union Members (FORUM) (new in 2019!)
Visit the SPP Pension Fair event website for more details.
By Chelsey Maher on April 17, 2019
On Wednesday, May 15, the UBC Faculty Pension Plan (FPP) will host its Pension Forum at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, Vancouver Campus. This annual event is a great opportunity for members to hear the latest news about their pension plan and to meet the UBC FPP trustees, management and staff. There will be a presentation on the Plan’s 2018 investment performance and a review of the 2018/19 initiatives.
We will also offer a live webcast of the presentation for members who are unable to attend the event in person.
Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.)
Location: Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre (Jack Poole Hall, second floor), Vancouver Campus [map]
Visit the following link for event details and registration: faculty.pensions.ubc.ca/pensionforum
Members who wish to attend in person are required to register by May 3. No registration is required for the webcast.
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 Breeonne Baxter on March 27, 2019
Gather your colleagues and join one of the largest university-wide events for faculty and staff. Sports Day is an annual event where teams from departments across the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses compete in a variety of fun, recreational challenges that can only be accomplished through teamwork and collaboration. This event is free for faculty and staff, and all abilities are welcome.
This year’s Sports Day is on May 3. Registration is now open:
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 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 June 8, 2018
All UBC staff and faculty are invited to watch Rehearsing Conflict’s free workshop performance on Thursday, June 21 from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Dorothy Somerset Studio 6361 University Blvd), brought to you by Conflict Theatre@UBC. Please RSVP online.
Rehearsing Conflict is theatre with a mission: supporting constructive conflict engagement on UBC campus. To do this, we use forum theatre techniques to explore and perform real stories of conflict from our community to find new solutions, challenge assumptions, and build understanding. In this theatre performance put on by participants in the Summer Intensive workshop, audience members are welcome to watch and can volunteer to join us on stage and take part in the conversation. Everyone is welcome.