By Miranda Massie on April 5, 2017
This Month’s Feature:
April 12 & 23: Gardening Workshops
Get active, get outside and participate in one of two free gardening workshops.
April 12: This workshop will be facilitated by one of the Roots on the Roof gardeners and will be hosted at the rooftop garden at the Nest. Be ready to get your hands dirty during this beginner-friendly workshop open to all levels of gardening ability.
April 23: This family-friendly workshop will enable parents and tots to learn about the joys of gardening together. Come with your little one, nurture a joint love for getting your hands dirty and grow beautiful plants! Hosted at the Old Barn Community Centre.
Other Events and Activities
The UBC School of Nursing is pleased to present a stunning series of short films reflecting people’s lived experiences and the research-informed programs that have made a meaningful difference for them and their families. The screening will take place at the UBC Chan Centre, 7:00–9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.
April 8: Westbrook Village Easter Celebration
Celebrate Easter with a true egg-stravaganza. Festivities include an Easter egg scavenger hunt, little bunnies friendly walk & run, and a meet and greet with a life-sized Easter bunny. It’s sure to be a hare-raising event!
April 10: Contract Faculty Marking Party
Join fellow contract faculty members in a quiet and collegial space to focus on grading in preparation for returning term papers and final assignments to students. Come for the whole day, or drop in! Coffee and snacks will be provided.
Come on out to the Frederic Wood Theatre and enjoy a free slam poetry show. Poets from all around town are coming to this special first annual show hosted by the UBC Slam club.
In this Learning Circle series, offered through the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health, you’ll learn from the individual journeys of distinguished leaders in indigenous health. Presenters may cover topics such as: self-care, work-life balance, navigating mainstream systems, shaping policy from within the system, working with communities and more.
April 18: Pop Up Egg Market
The UBC Farm Harvest Hut will be open at 4:30 p.m. for everyone to drop by and pick up some fabulous farm-fresh organic eggs ($7 per dozen). They will also be selling seasonal produce, seeds and herbs. Pop-up markets run every other Tuesday evening until the regular summer markets begin.
Want to take part in the seventh Annual Staff and Faculty Sports Day? Be sure to register by April 26 – last year’s event sold out so teams are encouraged to register as early as possible. Register online now!
One Day @ UBC single-day courses provide easy and affordable access to top experts in their field. Join Evgeniy Panzhinskiy, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, to learn about the latest advances in the field of diabetes research, our current understanding of the mechanism of the disease and the most promising strategies to cure diabetes.
Ongoing: Yoga and Pilates for Staff and Faculty at the Alumni Centre
Get stronger this spring by attending free yoga and Pilates classes with your colleagues.
Drop in on Wednesday mornings (7:30–8:20 a.m.) for Pilates stretching and strengthening.
Yoga classes are held on Fridays (12:05–12:50 p.m.). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the attendance list.
These classes are free for all UBC faculty and staff. Please bring your own yoga mat. Classes are held on the 2nd floor in the Bill & Risa Levine Classroom.
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By Miranda Massie on March 2, 2017
This Month’s Feature:
Grand opening of the UBC Aquatic Centre
To celebrate the grand opening of the UBC Aquatic Centre, UBC Athletics and Recreation is making a big splash with special events from March 1-5, 2017. Join in for fun, food, giveaways and aquatics programming in this bright, inclusive facility.
Free UBC Staff & Faculty swim, March 2 (12 – 2pm) with Aquafit class (12:05 – 12:50pm).
Other Events and Activities
Ongoing: Yoga and Pilates for Staff and Faculty at the Alumni Centre
Get stronger this spring by attending free yoga and Pilates classes with your colleagues.
Join us on Wednesday mornings (from 7:30-8:20 am) for some Pilates stretching and strengthening.
Visit on Fridays (from 12:05-12:50 pm) for yoga classes.
These classes will increase your strength and flexibility, and they are free for all UBC faculty and staff. Please bring your own yoga mat. Both classes are held on the 2nd floor in the Bill & Risa Levine Classroom. See you there!
March 6-17: Limited Number of Diabetes Assessments
Were you unable to attend the Travelling Health Fair? The UBC Pharmacists Clinic will be offering a limited number of additional Diabetes Assessments. Contact the Pharmacists Clinic at 604-827-2584 to reserve your spot today!
Enjoy free admission & join the opening celebration of The Museum of Anthropology’s thought provoking, socially and environmentally conscious new exhibition Amazonia: The Rights of Nature. On display March 10, 2017 – January 28, 2018.
March 10: Exercise, Omics, and Health Symposium
Explore Exercise, Omics (fields of study such as genomics, proteomics or metabolomics) and Health with leading experts, featuring presentations and an all-presenter panel. Topics include: Exercise and health promotion, personalized medicine, nutrigenomics and health, exercise omics models for health promotion, nutrigenomics and health and big data.
March 11: UBC Triathlon/Duathlon
Get your 2017 race season up and running with one of BC’s largest and longest-running triathlons. With a wide variety of distances – Olympic, Sprint and Short – as well as a Duathlon, Relay, Kids/Youth Aquathlon and Kids “Splash, Peddle and Dash,” there really is something for everyone! Learn more and register here.
Save the Date and Ready Your Team for Staff & Faculty Sports Day on May 5, 2017. This is a free event for all staff and faculty members, as well as graduate students. Come and enjoy a Free Lunch, some fun teamwork games and celebrate the end of the school year!
Check out the Sports Day webpage for all information and updates.
March 15: PhDs Go Public Research Talk Series
PhDs Go Public events spotlight PhD students from UBC’s Public Scholars Initiative, who use the PechaKucha format to share how their research is contributing to the public good and making a change in the world. This year’s themes include education, environment, culture, social justice and health. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for updates!
Michel Tremblay’s two-act play, first produced in 1968, against the backdrop of Quebec’s quiet revolution, changed Quebec theatre, with its kitchen-sink representation of ordinary women speaking in their own dialect.
March 26: Storm the Wall Community Festival
Come celebrate the 39-year-old UBC tradition that is Storm the Wall at the third annual Community Festival. This year’s theme: Superheroes! The popular event includes UBC Summer Camps prizes and giveaways with a chance at a free week at camp, live in-person superheroes, a European Bungee, face painting, games and activities, balloon art and so much more! Check out the Facebook Event for more information.
By Miranda Massie on February 2, 2017
This month’s feature:
With the demands we all have on our time from teaching, work, research and family needs, UBC knows it’s not easy to hit the gym every day. There are lots of different ways you can exercise instead! Whatever you can fit into your day is a great start to get moving: long walks, short sprints, commuting by bike – but most importantly, getting up from your desk and sitting less is a great start.
Research shows that moving more and sitting less can improve your mental and physical health, which helps you feel good and reduces the risk factors for preventable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and mental illness.
Find out why it’s important to start tackling the ‘sitting disease’ and explore how you can stay committed to moving more with #MoveUBC this month and don’t forget to Wear Your Active Wear on February 28!
Other Events and Activities
Join the annual Lunar New Year Celebration at Wesbrook Village. Experience a traditional lion dance and cultural performances, tea tasting, calligraphy, crafts, and leave with a red envelope!
Yoga and Pilates for Staff and Faculty at the Alumni Centre: Starting Feb 8
Start the New Year off with free yoga and Pilates with your colleagues.
Join us on Wednesday mornings in the foyer of the UBC Welcome Centre for some Pilates stretching and strengthening 7:30-8:20am.
Visit on Fridays (starting Feb. 3) for yoga classes from 12:05-12:50pm in the Bill & Risa Levine Classroom on the 2nd floor.
Free – open to UBC faculty and staff. Please bring your own yoga mat.
Join Dr. Eli Puterman, Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology, to explore the damaging impact chronic stress can have on the aging of our minds and bodies, deep into our cells, and learn how movement can mitigate these effects.
Pink Shirt Day: Feb. 22
Take a stand against bullying and wear a pink in support of kindness and acceptance in schools, at work and in your communities.
UBC Recreation Open House: Feb. 24, 12-2pm
UBC staff, faculty and community members are invited to attend an open house! This interactive afternoon will include a tour of the new aquatic centre, games, free fitness classes, food, prizes, and an exclusive opportunity to register children for UBC Summer Camps. Click here for full details or email email@example.com.
On the last day of MoveUBC, you are invited to wear clothes that encourage you to move throughout your entire day. We want to see your lulu’s or your bright running shoes– anything that encourages you to move! Leave behind those high heels, restrictive ties, skirts and tight pants that can keep you from maintaining your wellbeing!
Pick up a sticker at any of the MoveUBC events and sport it on February 28th to help explain why you’re in your active wear.
For those staff with required uniforms, safety clothing or shoes/boots, we encourage you to have a discussion with your supervisors and colleagues to see how you might be able to adapt these requirements, so that you can move easily throughout your day, while still maintaining safety protocol and professionalism.
Immerse yourself in a classic Northwest Legend featuring incredible and original illustrations by world-renowned printmaker, painter, carver, author, Roy Henry Vickers.
In Peace Dancer, Vickers shares the Legend from his village of Kitkatla, BC; it is the story of The Flood. Sharing this story is more relevant to the world right now than ever before. Click here to register.
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By Miranda Massie on January 10, 2017
UBC Based Events and Activities
This month’s feature:
Yoga & Cardio Fit Classes: Jan. 11 – Feb. 16
UBC REC, in partnership with UBC IT, is extending an invitation to all staff and faculty! You can take part in yoga and cardio fit classes in Ponderosa Commons Studio in the new year.
||Cardio Fit Thursdays
Ready to sign up? Register for the classes here!
Bodyworks Fitness Centre $2 Drop-in: January
UBC Bodyworks Fitness Centre will be offering a new $2 drop-in rate to all staff and faculty! This offer is available starting Jan. 4, Monday to Friday 1pm – 4pm. Drop by and check out their facilities, or take part in their Free Weeks: Jan. 9- 21, 2017.
On January 11th Whole Foods Markets across Vancouver will be donating 5% of their daily net sales to the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm!
Purchases will go towards supporting the amazing innovative food systems research and community programming taking place at the UBC Farm. Be sure to save your grocery shopping for this special community giving day, and enjoy the added benefits of supporting the UBC Farm while stocking up on beautiful groceries.
Weight Watchers at UBC: Jan. 17
A Weight Watchers group will be meeting at the UBC bookstore every Tuesday 12-1pm starting Jan. 24 for a 20-week series. Learn more and register at an information session on January 17 12-1pm. To register, contact Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presented by the UBC Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, this food and sustainability symposium brings together students, faculty, and staff for a dialogue about what it takes to create and manage a just and sustainable food system.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month: January
Sexual assault affects people of all ages, gender identities and expressions, racial identities, abilities and sexual orientations. It doesn’t just have an impact on the individual, but on a whole community. Join the conversation – because sexual assault is everyone’s issue.
Click here for ways to get involved.
Winter Yoga at MOA: Now until May 2017
You can take yoga classes this winter in the Museum of Anthropology’s Great Hall. Cost is $150 for 20 classes, $90 for 10 classes, $55 for 5 classes, or $14 for a drop-in session.
Join us each week:
- Mondays 12:30-1:30pm
- Tuesday and Wednesday 5:15pm-6:15pm
UBC Continuing Studies’ One Day @ UBC presents an interactive session that explores the role of stress in our everyday lives, including its impact on our bodies, minds, and spirits. Learn simple but scientifically supported strategies for coping with stress on a daily basis while also improving your sense of meaning and purpose in life.
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“One of the most important things we can do is look out for the wellbeing of others”: Thriving Faculty
By Miranda Massie on October 25, 2016
In honour of Thrive week, we are excited to highlight a very special ‘Thriving President’ feature, with Professor Santa Ono, UBC’s President and Vice-Chancellor.
Thriving Faculty is a monthly column that highlights UBC faculty who exemplify the integration of health and wellbeing into their classrooms, research, departments and communities.
What does thriving mean to you?
To me thriving means that on a daily basis I am growing and improving as an individual. Thriving requires that I have time to think about my daily, weekly and longer-term priorities and to assess how I am doing against those plans. Work/life balance is critical to thriving. I therefore make sure that I have time in my calendar for my family and for recreational pursuits such as playing the cello.
How do you think we can best work together to thrive as a community?
I think that it is important for an institution such as UBC to have a clear commitment to thriving for each member of our community. Newsletters such as Healthy UBC play a critical role in underscoring our commitment to the wellbeing of every member of the community. One of the most important things we can do as a community is to look out for the wellbeing of others in everything that we do. Supervisors should make sure that members of their teams have a good life balance. And professors should look after the wellbeing of students within the classroom.
Do you have advice or strategies to share with staff and faculty?
I would encourage all members of UBC staff and faculty to take advantage of the rich opportunities for wellbeing that exist on our campus. I am also a proponent of active dialogue as a means to promote wellbeing. Speaking about and sharing strategies to promote wellbeing will help us build a culture of wellness at UBC.
As a professor of medicine and biology, Prof. Santa Ono has worked at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University College London, and Emory universities. Last year he was inducted by Johns Hopkins into its Society of Scholars, which honours former faculty who have gained distinction in their fields. An avid music lover whose tastes range from Rihanna to Rachmaninoff, Prof. Ono studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and remarkably still finds time to sing and play his cello – even taking to the concert stage to perform on occasion.
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By Miranda Massie on October 5, 2016
UBC Based Activities and Events:
UBC’s GamePlan: Oct. 3 – 23
Visioning the future of UBC’s recreation and athletics facilities.
From October 3 – 23, UBC is seeking feedback from the campus community on a series of proposed options that will guide future investments in recreation and athletics facilities on the Vancouver campus. Join the conversation online, or in person at one of four open houses (October 11, 13, 17, 19).
United Way Week of Caring: Oct. 11-14
The UBC Community United Way Campaign kicks off with a week of events. Join the fun and give back. Events include the Great Pancake Race, Turkey 2K Trot, Arts Food Truck Festival and Stretch for A Cause!
Classroom Climate is shaped not only by course content and the relationships among members of the classroom community, but also by the broader contexts of place, history, institutional policies and culture and campus climate. Join CTLT for this interesting discussion led by Dr. JP Catungal.
UBC Apple Festival: Oct. 15-16
A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of BC’s favourite fruits. From learning about the diversity of apples to tasting rare and unusual varieties, the Apple Festival is a great opportunity to discover more about this delicious fruit.
UBC Farm Fall Workshops: Oct-Dec
Take your pick from a variety of hands-on workshops through the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm!
Carrot App Health Rewards: Join now!
Download the free Carrot Rewards App now and receive bonus reward points just for being a member of the UBC Sun Life health benefits plan. Provided by the BC Ministry of Health, the Carrot Rewards App is a free mobile app that rewards you for living healthier.
Earn reward points from your choice of four brand-name loyalty reward partners – Aeroplan®, SCENE®, Petro-PointsTM, and More Rewards®
- UBC Sun Life group benefit plan members: Download the app on your phone using promo code UBCsun1 to receive additional reward points.
- Not a member of the UBC Sun Life group benefit plan? You can also participate in this offer. Download the app on your phone using promo code UBCsun2 and receive additional reward points.
- Already using the Carrot Rewards App? You can still use the Sun Life promo code to receive your bonus reward points. Click on Account at the bottom right-hand side of your Carrot Reward App and “Enter a bonus code” (the applicable code from above). Promo codes are for your personal use only.
Save the Date! UBC Thrive week: Oct. 31-Nov 4
Discover events and resources for building positive mental health.
There are lots of ways to participate and help improve your wellbeing:
- Join the Thrive Facebook Event to see what’s coming up. Be sure to invite your friends!
- Check out Thrive events, including:
- The Thrive Kickoff breakfast, October 31, 8:30 am – 10:30 am
- UBC’s Largest Zumba class, Nov. 4, noon – 1:00pm
- Whether you’re on or off campus, snap your thriving moments with the #Thrive365 Photo Challenge
Looking for a Dentist on Campus?
Visit the Faculty Practice Clinic for leading edge dental care delivered by UBC faculty members in a state of the art clinic. Click here for more info.
By Miranda Massie on September 13, 2016
UBC Based Activities and Events:
Mindfulness programming is back: Fall 2016
Build your personal resilience by participating in evidence-based mindfulness programs for staff and faculty.
30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge: Starting October 3
Mindfulness@Work 6-week program: Starting November 7
Sign up while spaces last!
Bodyworks Fitness Centre Free Trial Period: Sept. 6-17
Visit UBC BodyWorks for a free trial of any fitness class! Access to the fitness centre is also included. Try any of the following classes, and be sure to bring a friend:
- Community Fit
- Fit Over 50
- Changing Aging
Schedule details can be found here.
UBC Employees: Receive 10% off Basic Membership Passes when you present your UBC Staff ID Card.
UBC Recreation Free Week: Sept. 12-18
Try out as many classes as you want, for free!
Drop in to fitness, yoga, Pilates, dance, martial arts, boot camps, and aquatics classes for free. No experience is required and all abilities can be accommodated. Try as many classes as you want, and register for your favourites!
Staff Welcome Back BBQ: Sept. 14
This annual event is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a complimentary lunch, live entertainment, information booths, and the camaraderie of your fellow UBC staff colleagues.
UBC Homecoming: Sept 15-17
This year’s Homecoming will feature a pep rally and BBQ, the Great Thunderbird Trek, and a street party concluding with the big game against the University of Regina Rams. Come out, cheer on your Thunderbirds and show your UBC pride.
Harvest Feastival: Sept. 22
Kick off the new school year in style by treating your taste buds to an epic outdoor feast, followed by six exclusive shows and exhibits in UBC’s Arts and Culture District.
Ticket price includes a generous family-style dinner and all the after-dinner festivities and staff and faculty tickets are only $30. Tickets and info are available at the Harvest Feastival website
Movement Co. is back! Fall 2016
Registration is open for UBC Movement Co. This free social club will get you moving in free, fun, and easy ways! Join your colleagues in walks, events, workshops and . Registrants will be eligible to win free Day of the Longboat participation. Information on all events can be found on the website. Register now!
Join Step It Up: Fall 2016
Whether you’re trying to build your overall sense of wellbeing, reduce stress, make new friends, or reduce your risks of cancer or cardiovascular disease, walking can help you on your way. Join in for free lunch-time walks. Meeting place is the north-facing entrance of the SRC unless otherwise specified.
Partner with Thrive 2016: Register by Oct. 7
UBC’s largest mental health initiative is back and will run Oct.31-Nov. 4, 2016. Thrive is a university-wide initiative designed to promote building positive mental health for all students, faculty and staff. Interested in hosting an event or partnering this year? Register here. Stay tuned for more information, the events calendar, a photo contest and more!
UBC United Way Kick-off Week of Caring: Oct. 11-14
The Great Pancake Race VIII: Oct. 11
A community-building, awareness-raising, kick-off event for UBC’s United Way campaign. Bring a great sense of humor, spirit and energy and get together over your lunch for a relay-race involving frying pans and flipping pancakes. Prizes to be won, including best costumes!
Turkey 2K Trot: Oct. 12 (Info TBA)
DAE and United Way – Stretch for a Cause: Oct.14
Join in another United Way Stretch for a Cause at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. Get out of the office, stretch out, and be inspired about what United Way is doing in your community. What to bring? A yoga mat and donation to the United Way.
By Miranda Massie on August 3, 2016
Our Health and Wellbeing team has been keeping busy over the spring and summer. Check out some of our updates and photos below.
Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge 2016
We had over 460 staff and faculty participate this year-our biggest group ever!
The total stairs climbed by all participants was equal to 567,117 metres (over 567km!). We collectively climbed Mount Everest 64 times! A huge thank you to all of our corporate health and fitness discount partners for prizes and a big congratulations to all participants. Click here to see challenge photos and video.
Mental Health First Aid at UBC
We are excited to announce that two of our UBC HR team members (at both our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses) are now trained as Mental Health First Aid facilitators by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. This means that Mental Health First Aid training will be more widely available for staff, faculty and students. Click here for more information about Mental Health First Aid.
Canadian Universities and Colleges Community of Practice Conference
In June, a group of 40 health promotion and disability management professionals from post-secondary institutions across Canada met UBC Okanagan for a community of practice conference. There was solid representation from UBC HR in the crowd and it was a great opportunity to share ideas, present on new ideas and to highlight important initiatives. It was also a great chance to check out the Okanagan campus!
UBC Events Professional Network Meeting (Botanical Gardens)
Our Health and Wellbeing team, along with members from the Workplace Learning and Engagement unit, attended and presented at the summer meeting of the UBC Event Professionals Network to promote professional development opportunities on campus.
All participants were then treated to a sun-filled, educational tour of the botanical gardens.
If you are interested in being a part of the Events Professionals Network, please email email@example.com.
Mindfulness in the news
Have you noticed that mindfulness has been in the news lately? We are so excited that the CBC recently profiled the work that UBC Human Resources has been doing with the Sauder School of Business and Mindwell Canada.
Read more about the benefits of mindfulness in the workplace here, or listen to an interview with UBC representatives, and Mindwell about the research that has been done (around 30 min.).
We will be offering Mindfulness programs again this fall so stay tuned for dates and registration details.
Workshops of note
We have been busy delivering training and educational sessions and workshops across campus over the past few months, including:
- Robson Square Health Check Day
- Not Myself Today info session
- Responding with Respect for UBC IT managers
- Celiac disease and a gluten free diet
- Learn to Meditate
And lots more!!
The fall is gearing up to be one of our busiest ever so we will be seeing you around!
-Melissa and Miranda
Do you have an upcoming health and wellbeing event that you would like us to be a part of? Email Miranda.firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Melissa Lafrance on August 3, 2016
Eating for the Environment
How can we all be kinder to the environment? The food choices we make, from purchasing to eating and even discarding, have a great impact on our surroundings. We can all take steps to increase our awareness and to do our part to support a sustainable and friendly environment for all species inhabiting this Earth.
Each week in August, we will be sharing tips, tricks, and information to help you make a difference to real environmental benefits! Become a UBC Health Contact to receive weekly reminders, tips and tricks.
Be aware of how much energy is used to produce the food you eat. Meat production is a major contributor to climate change, as livestock produce a considerable volume of greenhouse gases and takes considerable energy and water to grow to market.
Plant-based foods are highly beneficial to have in your diet. Try out these plant-based recipes and tricks:
- Explore a variety of healthy vegan recipes
- Learn to cook lentils – short video
- Learn to make vegan lentil burgers with Chef Michael Smith – recipe demo video & lentil burger recipe
Less waste, more food. Be conscious of the amount of waste you create, whether it is food wasted or the amount of packaging on what you are purchasing.
- Check out this infographic to learn five ways to end food waste
- Learn 16 simple ways to reduce plastic waste
Eat locally! Think about how far your food has to travel before getting to your plate. Get your food from the source by supporting BC farmers and producers.
- Become aware of local organizations and initiatives such as Vancouver Farmers Markets and FarmFolk CityFolk and learn why you should eat local
- Learn where you can eat and shop local
There are many local and sustainable food options to purchase across campus!
For more ideas:
By Miranda Massie on July 6, 2016
I recently attended a conference with health promotion and human resources staff from colleges and universities across Canada. What an amazing opportunity! Nothing beats engaging with people who are incredibly energized and passionate about the work that they do.
Some of these colleagues I met for the first time, while others I have had the pleasure of developing personal and professional relationships with over the past five years. Though we may only see each other in person once a year, we have created a strong and supportive community of practice.
The theme of relationships came up repeatedly in our conversations and made me realize how the strength of our relationships relies heavily on managing our own expectations. Our thoughts, assumptions, biases and frustrations can often interfere with our ability to create and maintain healthy and supportive relationships in life and in the workplace.
Here are a few examples that I feel help to illustrate this.
Example 1: Attribution Bias
If I trip over a power cord in the office, who can I blame? I might curse the cord and whoever left it lying on the floor. If I see someone else trip over this cord, I might think “slow down!” or “what a klutz”.
Also known as the fundamental attribution error, attribution bias is where we place emphasis on internal factors to explain someone else’s behaviour without considering external situational factors (as we might to justify our own behaviour and actions).
Example 2: Try on a different pair of shoes
Think about someone with whom you have interacted or experienced a challenging situation recently. Remember that moment and think back to the emotions you were feeling at the time (frustration, anger etc.).
Now, imagine that you went to sleep last night and woke up this morning to discover that you had switched places with this person.
Put yourself back in that challenging situation, but as the other person. What emotions are you experiencing now? Is there a reason for your behaviour?
Momentarily taking ourselves out of our own experience to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes helps create empathy. Trying to identify with someone else’s feelings and emotions can help us better understand their behavior and perhaps approach a situation or relationship differently.
Example 3: Challenging assumptions
Take a look at the posters below. They come from an anti-stigma campaign from Healthy Minds Canada.
It’s obvious that we would never treat people with heart disease and cancer this way. However, the stigmas that persist around mental illness is very real and these posters expose a double standards that exist. They are a great example of how we can place our personal assumptions and judgments on others, creating a false basis for the relationship before it even really begins.
This month’s newsletter theme is healthy relationships and I hope that these examples will help you to look at the way that you approach your relationships with others going forward. Supportive and nurturing relationships are key to our individual and professional success.
Be curious, be open and be understanding.
All my best,
Want to learn more about ways to foster positive relationships in the workplace?
Attend our upcoming session to learn more about the 2016 Not Myself Today Campaign:
Not Myself Today Information Session, July 12 @ 12pm
Learn about the campaign and how your department can be involved; discover support tools and resources; learn more about mental health and become involved in fostering safe, open and supportive work environments.
By Miranda Massie on July 6, 2016
UBC based activities and events:
Visit the Beaty Biodiversity Museum to experience “Species at Risk”, a fun and illuminating mobile museum, housed in an inventively re-made trailer and accompanied by skilled and personable interpreters from the Royal BC Museum and the Robert Bateman Centre.
This UBC Farm workshop will focus on the mapping, plant selection, design and design communication skills necessary to develop a forest garden.
Summer Joga Series @ BodyWorks: July 14-Aug 2
BodyWorks Fitness is now offering Joga (Yoga for Jocks) for $36! Join Janelle, certified Joga Instructor & Ambassador, in a unique opportunity to achieve mobility and strength through yoga! Classes run every Tuesday, 12:00 – 12:45pm at Bodyworks Fitness Centre. Call 604-822-0207 to register.
UBC Chef Challenge: July 21
The UBC Chef Challenge is back by popular demand! Five competing chefs will serve savoury morsels perfectly paired with local craft beer. An expert panel of judges will taste their way to crown the victorious challenger and guests will award the People’s Choice winner.
Whether you’re a staff, faculty, or student, you don’t want to miss this unique summer spectacle. For more information and tickets visit www.utown.ubc.ca/chefchallenge
Free Yoga on the Mall: Summer 2016 (Ends August 12)
Why not squeeze some movement into your schedule and join in every Friday (except July 1) for free hour long yoga class at Fairview Commons (outside Earth Sciences). Expect a playful yoga class, designed intuitively to combine strength with mindfulness.
UBC Recreation Summer Boot Camp Punch Pass: Summer 2016
Punch passes can be used for any Boot Camp at the BirdCoop Fitness Centre or Ponderosa Commons Studio. Punch passes allow participants the opportunity to try different boot camps including new Outdoor Boot Camp!