Collective bargaining update #2

On April 2, 2019, we released bargaining update #2, which addresses recent meetings with IUOE 115 and upcoming bargaining dates with CUPE 116 and BCGEU Okanagan. Read the bulletin here.

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Sign up for the new Integrated Renewal Program newsletter

UBC has embarked on a university-wide project to transform its finance, HR and student systems and processes. The Integrated Renewal Program team is launching a new bi-monthly newsletter to share information on the project, and to help create awareness and understanding about the program.

To learn more and to subscribe, visit

Reminder: next IRP HR update call April 10 (with updated agenda)

Our next HR IRP call-in session will be April 10, 9:00-10:00 a.m. All human resources practitioners at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses are invited to join through phone or by video-conference.

April 10 agenda (updated)

  • Integrated Renewal Program (IRP) Update
  • HR Work Stream Update – what has the team been working on and what is planned for the next 30 days
  • Key HCM functions/demo – overview of Academic Appointments in Workday


If you are interested in participating in the call, email to RSVP.

Upcoming professional development workshops from HR

HR is hosting three professional development workshops this spring:

Thriving in Change: April 24 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

This workshop is for UBC staff and faculty who want to learn more about the natural cycles and impact of change in order to remain resilient and engaged through the transition.

Practical Project Management: May 29-30 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

This workshop is for anyone who is involved in projects, as either a team member or project manager, and wants to learn the core basics and proven tools to help achieve more consistent project outcomes.

The Foundations of Workplace Coaching Skills: June 6 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

This workshop is for those who wish to gain a better understanding of how to use coaching in the workplace.

If you are interested in these workshops, you may be able to use your professional development funding. Please visit the page for your employee group to learn more.

Upcoming conferences hosted by UBC this May

There are two conferences hosted by UBC in May that may be of interest to the HR community of practice:

2019 WACUBO Annual Conference: May 5-9

UBC and SFU are co-hosting the 2019  Western Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO) conference, May 5-9 in downtown Vancouver. Attendees will connect with colleagues from universities and colleges across the region, and learn about trends, best practices, solutions, and developments related to finance, human relations, organizational development, change management, and other fields connected to administration in higher education. This year’s theme is Beyond Boundaries, and focuses on innovative programming to expand individual and institutional capacity to successfully meet the diverse challenges facing higher education today.

Learn more about the conference.  To learn how to become a WACUBO member, visit the UBC Finance website.

Building the Future of Work-Life: Catalyzing Inclusion: May 22-24

Our workplaces are changing. Demographic shifts mean that there are multiple generations in the workplace. Legal and legislative change means that our understanding and conception of family is broadening. Dual career challenges have moved from a ‘two-body’ problem to a ‘whole family’ opportunity. As practitioners in the field of work, life, and family, explore ways to respond to and anticipate these changes. The Building the Future of Work-Life: Catalyzing Inclusion conference is May 22-24 at UBC. This conference is hosted by the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office and the College and University Work-Life-Family Association (CUWFA).

Learn more and register.

Next Integrated Renewal Program HR update call: April 10

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Integrated Renewal Program HR update call on March 5.  If you weren’t able to make it, or you would like to review the slides and the call, there is a recording available.

Our next HR IRP call-in session will be April 10, 9:00-10:00 a.m. All human resources practitioners at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses are invited to join through phone or by video-conference.

April 10 agenda

  • update on supervisory organization data validation work
  • UBC tenant demo – key HCM functions
  • review upcoming community activities and engagements – including when you can ‘see’ Workday


If you are interested in participating in the call, email to RSVP.

Two free Health & Wellbeing workshops next week

We have two health & wellbeing workshops coming up next week for UBC staff and faculty:

Welcoming Change into Your Life: March 27, 12:45-1:45 p.m.

Change is a natural part of life. While some changes can affect the very structure of your life, other changes can have subtle impacts on your day-to-day activities. Sometimes you may be aware that a change is imminent but are uncertain about what it will involve and how it will affect your life. Situations like these can create ambiguity, worry, or a sense of loss and sadness.

This session will address the emotional reactions that participants may experience when confronted with change, taking into account their personality and strength, and provide coping skills to enable them to manage change more effectively.

Effective Communication at Work: March 28, 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Note that this session will take place at VGH/DHCC.

In order to communicate effectively, individuals have to master the techniques of effective listening and self-expression. These skills involve verbal and non-verbal behaviours as well as the ability to speak with persuasion and confidence.

This session will look at both of these essential sides of the communication equation. It will address key communication elements such as active listening and show participants how to present messages in a way that is more compatible with the receiver’s style.