By Melissa Lafrance on October 25, 2017
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.
Conflict Management Series (Location: Point Grey)
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.
Part 3 – Understanding High Conflict Personalities at Work | November 9 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
This workshop will outline the skills and strategies for understanding complex personalities in the workplace from the perspective of a mental health diagnosis. Participants will gain insight into how and why individuals with diagnosed personality disorders might behave and interact with others the way they do. The workshop also examines how compassion can help increase one’s competency in recognizing challenging behaviours and handling high conflict interactions. Find out more and register now.
Thrive Week Workshops & Courses (October 30 – November 3)
Thrive Kick-off | October 30 | 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Location: Point Grey)
All staff, faculty and students are invited to join the Thrive week 2017 kick-off event. Grab a healthy snack, hot drink and yellow stress ball. Enjoy upbeat music. The event will take place in Lee Square at the corner of East Mall and University Boulevard (near the Bookstore). Learn more about the Thrive Kick-off and other Thrive events on both campuses.
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.
Relaxation Techniques to Help You Thrive | November 2 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
Make time to calm down and reduce stress, using both proactive and reactive relaxation techniques. You will leave this workshop with an understanding of your stress response, discuss the importance of managing stress, and practice stress-reducing exercises. Learn more and register now.
UBC’s Largest Zumba | November 3 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Location: Point Grey)
Join UBC Recreation and your fellow colleagues, students and friends for UBC’s annual Largest Zumba. The event will include a Zumba session, refreshments, info booths, and other fun activities. Get moving and celebrate the end of Thrive week! Learn more.
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. Find out 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.
Ergo Your Office Tutorial | November 29 | 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.
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By Miranda Massie on April 8, 2015
My partner and I recently met with a financial advisor. We are currently in the midst of planning for our future, feeling caught between student loan debt and an uncertain job market, while looking ahead to home ownership and starting a family.
In a city like Vancouver, the financial prognosis is grim and we have often put off facing our finances due to the stress and overwhelmingly gloomy outlook that comes with it. We have met with advisors at our banks in the past, but often left feeling as though we had sat through a sales pitch instead of a counselling session. Denial was our financial strategy of choice, but that can only work for so long.
In last month’s editorial, I wrote about embarking on an emotional cleanse and getting rid of the negative impact that bottling up emotions can have on our health. I think that this same idea applies to finances. We (as a society) tend to not talk about money. We have been socialized to keep financial matters to ourselves, as well as dealing with the myriad of emotions that come along with them. Keeping all of this stress and uncertainty to ourselves can take a toll on our mental health, relationships and overall wellbeing.
What I discovered is that it feels great to talk about money out loud, especially with someone who knows their stuff. Our discussions with the financial advisor were calm, frank and filled with humour and even prompted discussions with friends on the subject. The advice was invaluable, as well-sensitive and honest.
This month, I invite you to talk about money. Say the words out loud, either to yourself, a loved one or a financial professional. Letting someone else in, especially on this topic, can alleviate some of the inevitable financial crunch that we feel we are under.
5 fun facts I learned from financial planning
It’s ok to dream and to say what you want out loud. Do not apologise for lofty goals. You will only have a chance to achieve them if you are realistic in planning for them.
You find out where you are. Knowing where you stand, whether positive or negative will always set you up in a better position for success than not knowing at all.
Financial advisors are not all sales people. I used to fear going into see a financial advisor because I always felt like I was being pushed towards something I didn’t really need. Find someone you trust and stick with them.
It feels great to have a plan. The benefit of seeing professional advice is that you no longer have to guess at whether you are doing the right thing or making the right financial move. The decisions are still yours accompanied with guidance from a professional.
We don’t need it all now. Of course we have dreams and plans for the future but waiting for them is okay. Taking the time to plan and save now will ensure that our goals are all met in the long run.
Looking for free or affordable financial advice?
Financial Support Services from UBC’s EFAP provider Shepell.
Know Your Financial Advisor-online search tool
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By Colin Hearne on April 3, 2014
“A term used to describe the state of one’s personal financial situation. There are many dimensions to financial health, including the amount of savings you have, how much you are setting away for retirement and how much of your income you are spending on fixed or non-discretionary expenses”
How financially fit are you?
These days, many people spend time focusing our diets and our exercise. But that same attention doesn’t always follow with our financial health. According to Statistics Canada, by 2031, average life expectancy in Canada is projected to rise to 81.9 for males and 86.0 for females). For many of us, our long-term financial wellbeing is being neglected.
What we know
The Financial Planning Standards Council of Canada tells us:
- Only 30% of Canadians follow a monthly budget.
- Only 40% of us have a formal financial plan in place.
The CIBC Financial Health Poll told us
- 37% of those who retired and then returned to work did so because they didn’t have enough money.
- 60% say that in hindsight they would have started investing earlier and they would have saved more.
The future starts today
More than just having enough money, our level of financial fitness reflects our ability to bring our current and future needs into balance. To have a balanced financial plan, you must set some realistic goals. Just as successful athletes have specific goals towards which they consistently work, the key to financial fitness is to set achievable goals and consistently work towards them. Here are eight tips to financial success from Financial Planning Expert and Author Debby Fowles:
- Spend Less Than You Earn – It sounds simple, but many people struggle with this first basic rule. No matter how much or how little you’re paid, you’ll never get ahead if you spend more than you earn.
- Stick to a Budget – How can you know where your money is going if you don’t budget? How can you set spending and saving goals if you don’t know where your money is going? You need a budget, no matter how much money you make.
- Pay Off Credit Card Debt – Those little pieces of plastic are so easy to use, and it’s so easy to forget that it’s real money we’re dealing with when we whip them out to pay for a purchase, large or small. Despite our good resolves to pay off the balance quickly, the reality is that we often don’t, and end up paying far more for things than we would have paid if we had used cash.
- Contribute to a Retirement Plan – The UBC Pension Plan is an important part of your overall compensation and plays an important role in your future. The sooner you join the Plan, the greater your retirement income will be. Learn more about the UBC Staff Pension Plan and the Faculty Pension Plan.
- Have a Savings Plan – Resolve to set aside a minimum of 5% to 10% of your salary for savings before you start paying your bills. Better yet, have the money automatically deducted from your paycheck and deposited into a separate account. Speak to a Financial Counsellor free of charge through your Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) for help with this. Click here for more information, or call 1-800-663-1142.
- Maximize Your Employment Benefits – Make sure you’re maximizing your benefits and taking advantage of the benefits that can save you money by reducing taxes or out-of-pocket expenses. For more information about your benefits at UBC click here
- Update Your Will – 71% of Canadians don’t have a will. If you have dependents, no matter how little or how much you own, you need a will. Protect your loved ones. Write a will.
- Keep Good Records – If you don’t keep good records, you’re probably not claiming all your allowable income tax deductions and credits. Set up a system now and use it all year. It’s much easier than scrambling to find everything at tax time, only to miss items that might have saved you money. You can take a free e-Learning course titled Taking Control of your Moneythrough your Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) to help.
Your Financial Fitness starts here! 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. Join money coaching, entrepreneurship, small business financing and nonprofit management expert Melanie Buffel on April 24th 2014 @ 12-1pm for a ‘Managing your Money’ workshop to help you plan for your future by providing tips on how to create a budget, decrease debt, and increase your savings. For more information or to register, click here.
By Colin Hearne on April 3, 2014
Homewood Human Solutions, UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program provider, has Financial Counsellors to help employees and their families make informed spending, saving and debt management decisions. This service is delivered over the telephone. In preparation for your comprehensive assessment, you will be asked to complete a spreadsheet with your financial information in advance. Further details will be provided when you contact Homewood Human Solutions at 1-800-663-1142.
This service is available to UBC staff, faculty and dependents enrolled in the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP).
What you can expect
- Comprehensive assessment of your current financial situation
- Opportunity to ask questions and receive sound financial advice
- Resources and tools to assist you with implementing your financial plan
Financial Counselling is action-oriented and you will work with your Financial Counsellor to achieve your identified goal(s). Typically, the average length of counselling is two hours with the option to extend the length of counseling, if required.
Homewood Human Solutions also offers a free e-Learning course called Taking Control of your Money. This confidential e-Learning course offers printable information; quizzes and exercises where relevant, printable action planning guides that can be customized to allow you to input your own scenarios and financial goals.
The information you share with UBC’s EFAP provider is confidential, and is not shared with UBC. The University is not told the identity of those using EFAP services, including online services.
Want to know more?
For more information on your Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), visit our website at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/benefits/efap/. If you would like to book a presentation for your unit to review the free EFAP services available for UBC staff and faculty, contact Colin Hearne, EFAP Assistant, at 604.827.3047 or email@example.com.
Remember: if you ever feel overwhelmed or stressed out by the challenges you face in life, you can easily access counselling (face-to- face, over the phone, or online) from Homewood Human Solutions. Visit www.homewoodhumansolutions.com or call 1-800-663-1142.