By Melissa Lafrance on April 2, 2019
Financial concerns can be overwhelming and can leave you feeling worried and powerless. That’s why taking control of your finances is crucial to enhancing and maintaining your financial and overall wellbeing. With the right advice and support, you can learn to be financially responsible, which will help you live well.
Monica’s Challenge: Understanding Finances and Paying Down Debt
Monica is fairly new to the workforce and, like many recent university and college graduates, she has accumulated some debt. She isn’t sure how to manage her income and expenses while paying down her debt, which worries and frustrates her. She wonders if living debt-free is even possible. Monica hopes to learn about finance and debt management so she can pay off her student loan and achieve financial security and wellbeing.
How EFAP can offer financial advice and education:
Morneau Shepell, UBC’s Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, offers professional financial advice through free confidential consultations over the phone. EFAP financial advisors can answer Monica’s questions and recommend a course of action to help her meet her goals. If Monica needs more specific, personal and/or longer-term financial advice, they can refer her to a financial advisor outside of the EFAP.
Monica can also learn from EFAP’s Online Financial Planning Service, an interactive and personalized financial education and planning program. The three-month program includes an assessment of her current financial situation and a tailored action plan complete with worksheets, calculators and task lists.
When she calls the Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765, Monica can book the type of consultation she needs.
Morneau Shepell’s online resource hub offers articles on financial security; topics include debt management, budgeting, investing and retirement planning. (Note: Please enter “University of British Columbia” as your organization to access these articles.)
How to access health coverage through Extended Health benefits:
As a UBC employee, Monica can support her financial and overall health and wellbeing through the UBC Extended Health plan. She can be reimbursed for the cost of many healthcare services, including prescription drugs, paramedical practitioners’ services and vision care. Learn about the many benefits available to UBC’s faculty and staff.
By Melissa Lafrance on October 3, 2017
Stress & Resilience Series (Location: Point Grey)
Dr. Thara Vayali has been leading a three-part Stress and Resilience Series to explore the stress response, recognize stress levels, build resilience, and discover the connection between empathy and stress. Register for the third and final part of her series. You do not need to have attended the previous two workshops.
Part 3 – The Stress Inventory | October 5 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
This workshop will explore the domains of stress, how you can take a personal stress assessment and learn beneficial ways of recognizing, managing and improving stress and your overall wellbeing. Find out more and register now.
30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge | Starts October 16, 2017 & February 19, 2018 (Online)
This innovative and evidence-based training is aimed at UBC staff and faculty looking to incorporate mindfulness into the workplace and in their everyday lives. Content is delivered online via any device, and focuses on simple yet powerful and achievable learning objectives. After just 10 minutes a day for 30 consecutive days, participants will be healthier, more productive and better able to problem-solve and work in a team. The challenge is now free for UBC staff and faculty. Learn more and register for the fall 2017 or spring 2018 challenge now.
Conflict Management Series (Location: Point Grey)
Part 1 – Conflict Resolution in the Workplace | October 12 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
In the workplace, unresolved conflict can negatively impact the individuals involved, other team members and the organization as a whole by affecting productivity and morale. The approach you take to managing conflict determines whether stress or opportunities for growth will be created. This workshop examines various types of conflict and will provide you with a model for successfully resolving conflict at work. Find out more and register now.
Part 2 – Dealing with Difficult Personalities | October 26 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Workplaces can produce high achievers and dynamic team players. They can also be places where employees become regularly frustrated or annoyed with co-workers. Developing techniques to address these challenging personality types can greatly increase staff morale and job satisfaction. This session will look at the distinction between difficult behaviour and difficult people and provide participants with strategies to respond effectively to challenging situations with a focus on assertive communication. Find out more and register now.
Stay tuned for Part 3 of the Conflict Resolution Series happening in November.
Sit-Stand Desks & Platforms | October 17 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Location: Point Grey)
This workshop will provide 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. Find out more and register now.
Office Ergo Rep Training | October 17 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
If your department is looking for more efficient response and support with regards to ergonomic issues for staff, consider taking the three-hour Office Ergo Rep Training. Learn basic ergonomic risk factors and assessments as well as proper computer workstation set-up, and get resources to take back to your unit. Find out more and register now.
Newcomers to Canada: Understanding Canadian Health Benefits | October 18 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey & Diamond Health Care Centre)
Moving can be overwhelming, especially if you are trying to figure out how things work in a new country. This presentation will provide an overview of how health benefits work in Canada (in particular, the BC Medical Services Plan and Extended Health and Dental Benefits). Available housing and relocation services will also be highlighted to assist you and your family with a smooth transition to UBC. Find out more and register now.
Ergo Your Office Tutorial | October 25 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
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. Find out more and register now.
Coaching@UBC Internship Program Info Session | October 23 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
Coaching@UBC’s 1:1 professional coaching service is 14 years old. Since 2003, over 1,500 UBC employees have accessed our award-winning program. To meet increasing demand for coaching, Coaching@UBC is offering the opportunity for UBC employees to become credentialed coaches and support through a Coaching Internship Award. Attend an upcoming information session to learn more about the Coaching Internship Program. Find out more and register here.
Managing Your Money | October 25 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
Creating a plan to manage your money is a sound way to achieve the goals you want in life, whether it be a house, travel, education or retirement. The quote, “failing to plan is planning to fail,” does apply to the process of managing personal finances. In this session, join money coach Melanie Buffel to learn how to manage and control finances, reinforce good habits, build new ones and create a manageable budget. There will be additional information on saving to meet your financial needs and investing these savings. Find out more and register now.
Thrive Week Workshops & Courses (October 30 – November 3)
Thriving in Change | October 30 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Cost: $200 (Location: Point Grey)
Change is normal and natural, and we can respond to change and support others to make it a positive experience. Attend this half-day course to explore your own attitudes and reactions to change, learn foundational models to broaden your appreciation, and gain new tools and strategies to use in an interpersonal and organizational context. This course is PD-eligible and costs $200 to enrol. Find out more and register now.
Coming up in November…
Mindfulness@Work Program | Starts November 7, 2017 (Location: Point Grey) and April 5, 2018 (Location: DHCC/VGH) | Cost: $100
The six-week, in-person Mindfulness@Work training program runs in November 2017 and in April 2018. If you are looking for more in-depth mindfulness training, Mindfulness@Work specifically focuses on integrating the practice of mindfulness in the workplace to promote effectiveness, teamwork, and communication. Learn more and register now.
QPR Suicide Prevention Training | November 23 | 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Location: DHCC/VGH)
QPR Training is an internationally recognized suicide prevention program designed to help you question, persuade, and refer. QPR acts as an emergency mental health intervention designed to save lives, much like CPR or other methods of emergency medical intervention. Learn to recognize suicide warning signs, how to approach someone who may be at risk, persuade the person to seek appropriate health services, and connect the person to resources that will help resolve crises. Suicide is preventable. Find out more and register now.
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