By Melissa Lafrance on June 4, 2019
QPR Suicide Intervention Training | June 12 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
QPR Training is an internationally recognized suicide intervention 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. Find out more and register now.
Office Ergo Rep Training | June 12 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
If your department is looking for more efficient response and support with regards to ergonomic issues for staff, consider taking the three-hour Ergo Rep Training. Learn about basic ergonomic risk factors and assessments, proper computer workstation set-up, and resources to take back to your unit. Find out more and register now.
Eldercare 101: Caring for Your Aging Parents | June 18 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join Home-to-Home, a seniors’ advisory and assistance business, for a one-hour session on eldercare planning and management. Learn how to develop eldercare plans related to housing, avoid crisis situations, access resources, budget, understand legal considerations, and gain a greater awareness of the eldercare options and resources available to you and your loved ones. Find out more and register now.
Ergo Your Office Tutorial | June 18 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Optimize your computer work environment to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injury. This one-hour tutorial combines a presentation with 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.
Sit-Stand Desks & Platforms | June 18 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This workshop will provide important information about different types of sit-stand desks and platforms available for the workplace. Understanding the pros and cons of each will assist departments, staff and faculty in deciding which option may be most suitable. Product samples will be available for participants to try in order to understand how the different models impact physical positioning and workflow. Find out more and register now.
Ergo Chair Fit | Available Once a Month
The UBC Workplace Ergonomics Program has equipment available for testing, including chairs. If you are looking to purchase a new chair and want to test out some options, book an appointment with the ergo team to learn more, including how to adjust the chairs properly and purchasing options. (Please note that these sessions provide information and do not make recommendations on purchasing decisions. This Ergo Chair Fit Program is intended to support your conversations with employees about ergonomics and their workplace health.) Learn more and register for a session now.
30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge | Begins Every Tuesday
This free, innovative, evidence-based training is for all 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. Learn more and register for the challenge now.
Additional Professional Development Opportunities
Are you interested in an experiential leadership opportunity? The UBC Community Leadership Program (CLP) 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. Applications are now open for the 2019-20 cohort and will be accepted until June 14, 2019. Find out more.
June 20: UBC Staff Pension Fair | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Staff Pension Plan (SPP) Pension Fair is a great opportunity for members to learn more about the SPP and gain some pension knowledge. Similar to past years, there will be information tables hosted by UBC Retirement and Survivor Benefits, UBC Investment Management Trust, UBC Employee and Family Assistance Program, and more. Drop in any time; no registration required. Find out more at www.staff.pensions.ubc.ca/pensionfair.
Photo Credit: UBC Thrive, Student Communications
By Miranda Massie on May 3, 2016
UBC based events and activities:
This May, the David Suzuki Foundation is challenging people around the world to join the 30×30 Challenge by spending 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days. The goal: to reconnect human beings with nature for the sake of their health and mental wellbeing.
Free week at Bodyworks Fitness: May 2-7
Bring a friend and join Bodyworks for a free trial of popular fitness classes! Come as many times as you like between May 2-7. Registration is also open for the Spring/Summer Term. Click here to view the spring 2016 brochure.
Summer Yoga Series (Blusson Spinal Cord Centre): May 3-Aug 25
Do you work at or near VGH? Activate yourself this summer with lunchtime fitness classes. Taught by certified instructors and offered Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer. Sign up for strength based full body workouts, combo yoga-pilates classes or both! (Cost: $230/32 classes; $120/16 classes; $85/10 drop-in classes)
The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by this year’s graduates of the Master of Fine Arts program.
Free week at UBC Recreation: May 14-20
UBC Recreation Free Week is a chance for staff, faculty, students and the general public to try out any instructor-led classes in the Student Recreation Centre and Ponderosa Commons Studio. Drop-in to fitness, yoga, pilates, dance, martial arts, and boot camps for free. No experience is required, so try the classes out and register for your favourites! Full listings available here.
Our health and our work are interdependent. In view of changing demographics, work and labour markets, and social contexts, the key challenges to be addressed in work and health research and practice will be discussed. Join Dr. Ute Bültmann, University of Groningen, Netherlands for this public talk.
Difficult conversations come with leadership positions, and being able to navigate such conversations effectively is crucial to both personal and organizational success. Explore the reasons for fear and discomfort and learn strategies to manage emotional conversations by blending the application of skills, tools, knowledge and self-awareness. (Cost: $275)
Bike to Work Week: May 30-June 5
There’s no better time to get active and energized on your way to campus than Bike to Work Week. To help you prepare for your ride, UBC and HUB are offering a free lunch-hour workshop!
Free lunch-hour workshop on May 19
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) Policy Labs, 2260 West Mall [map]
This fun and interactive workshop will get you ready for Bike to Work Week, providing useful tips for cyclists of all abilities, from new riders to those who already bike to work. Certified instructors will discuss bike safety scenarios, taking bikes on transit, route planning, what to wear/carry, and much more.
Pizza will be served, so invite your colleagues and register today! Register to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space.
Staff Pension Plan Fair: June 8, 2016
The UBC Staff Pension Plan (SPP) Pension Fair will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. Whether you are new to UBC, or have been part of the Staff Pension Plan for years, the Pension Fair is a great opportunity for you to learn more about your pension plan and gain some pension knowledge. There will be a variety of information tables for members to visit and learn more about the Plan as well as other retirement benefits and services. Visit the SPP Pension Fair event website for details on the venue, information tables, what kinds of questions you may want to ask, and more. No need to register!