PD workshop: Coaching For Personal and Professional Development (Jan. 16, 2019)

Join us for an hour-long session on Jan. 16 to learn about Coaching@UBC’s free professional coaching services for staff and faculty.

In this information session, you will learn:

  • What is Coaching?
  • How does Coaching work?
  • Why choose Coaching for personal or professional development?
  • How do I access Coaching at UBC?

Course information

Coaching For Personal and Professional Development
Jan. 16, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610  [map]
Register online

PD workshop: Time Management: Planning, Prioritizing & Productivity (Jan. 29, 2019)

On Jan. 29, we are hosting a workshop on Time Management: Planning, Prioritizing & Productivity. This session is designed for those who wish to learn new tools to decrease work stress while increasing level of satisfaction, happiness and productivity at work.

About this workshop

This workshop provides you with peak performance tips, tools and strategies so you can spend more time working toward your high-value tasks. If you are swamped with emails, requests, tasks, and interruptions, this workshop is for you. In this highly interactive, thought-provoking, enjoyable, skill-building workshop you will learn proven time management techniques and at the same time tune your skills at managing your priorities and achieving your objectives.

Learning Outcomes

  • identify your time type
  • implement strategies to align your activities with your goals
  • optimize productivity and decrease stress
  • put into practice a laser-like focus on priorities
  • identify obstacles that get in your way
  • be more effective in handling interruptions
  • recognize time-saving email tips
  • distinguish between being busy and being productive
  • identify how you may sabotage your goals
  • share tools and technology to help manage your time more effectively
  • determine what you get by procrastinating and how to conquer procrastination
  • apply a practical new mindset and toolset develop a specific plan of action to implement immediately

Course Information

Date: Jan. 29, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610  [map]
Cost: $300
Register online

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

Wellbeing workshop: Parenting Tips: How to Talk to Your Kids about Sexual Health (Jan. 23, 2019)

On Jan. 23, we are holding a noon-hour session for parents on How to talk to your kids about sexual health.

About this workshop

The prospect of talking to your children about sex and sexual health can be a difficult one, but these conversations do not need to be feared or avoided. Why not arm yourself with knowledge, age-appropriate information and fantastic resources? Learn how to speak to your children about comprehensive body science and sexual health information. You will also take away a helpful formula for answering questions and discover some fantastic resources for both parents and children of any age. Help provide your children with the tools to keep themselves safe and to make healthy and informed decisions.

Course Information

Date: Jan. 23, 2019, 12:00  – 1:00 p.m.
Location: CEME Room 1215, 6250 Applied Science Lane  [map]
Register online

Wellbeing workshop: Working Mind for Managers (Jan. 31, 2019)

We present Working Mind for Managers, to be held on Jan. 31 (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). All supervisors, managers, and members of the distributed UBC’s HR community of practice in Vancouver are invited to attend.

About this workshop

The Working Mind is a Mental Health Commission of Canada, evidence-based, workplace training program aimed at increasing mental health literacy for supervisors/managers.

Program goals

  • To provide supervisors and managers with the confidence, tools and resources to support employees who may be experiencing mental health challenges
  • To reduce stigma and negative attitudes towards those struggling with poor mental health
  • To provide learners with a broad understanding of mental health and wellbeing
  • To promote mental health and wellbeing in the workplace

Course information

Date: Jan. 31, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610  [map]
Cost: Free
Register online

Wesbrook road closures starting Jan. 14, 2019

Wesbrook road closures starting Jan. 14, 2019

Wesbrook Mall will be fully closed between Student Union Boulevard and University Boulevard to all traffic (vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians) starting Jan. 14, through May, 2019. This closure is necessary to complete the civil work and road work necessary for the opening of the new Bus Exchange and Exchange Residence.

There are no bus detours planned, but there will be detours in place for other vehicular traffic. See https://transportation.ubc.ca/home-page/detours/ for full details.

Walkabout Challenge begins Jan. 21, 2019

Walkabout is an annual nine-week health and wellbeing challenge that promotes regular exercise in social settings. Everyone is welcome to participate, either individually or by creating teams of five and walking the distance of the virtual route. The challenge runs Jan. 21 to March 24, 2019.

Register your team before Jan. 27 at http://walkabout.educ.ubc.ca/.

Walkabout was designed and launched in 2005 by Dr. Joy Butler and is a partnership initiative between the Faculty of Education, UBC Recreation and UBC Human Resources.

Integrated Renewal Program HR update call #3: Dec. 6, 2018

You are invited to join the third Integrated Renewal Program (IRP) HR call-in session on Dec. 6, 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.

The Dec. 6 agenda includes:

  • IRP update
  • HR work stream update: what the team has been working on for the last 30 days; what’s planned for the next 30
  • High-level HR Workday walkthrough – in-system review, including an overview the of basic concepts, navigation and terminology
  • Q & A

If you are interested in attending, please contact IRP at integrated.renewal@ubc.ca to RSVP.

Spaces left in Difficult Conversations: Strategies for Dealing with Challenging Situations: Dec. 10

We have four spaces left in our Dec. 10 session on Difficult Conversations: Strategies for Dealing with Challenging Situations. Register ASAP if you want to gain skills on having challenging conversations as part of your work.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of this seminar, you will be able to know how to identify resistant behaviour in yourself and others;
  • have a greater understanding of what the physiological responses to emotional challenges look and feel like;
  • be able to identify your personal strategies for managing your own defensiveness as well as others; and
  • recognize when to push and when to back off to get your needs met.

Course Information

Date: Dec. 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610
Cost: $350
Register online

You may be able to use your professional development funding towards this course. Visit the PD funding page for your employee group to learn more, or contact pd.workshops@ubc.ca with questions.

Support for substance use and mental health challenges over the holidays

The holidays can be a stressful time of year. For those who are experiencing challenges with their mental health and/or substance use, it can help to know where you can find support and resources.

If you or a family member are in need of mental health support:

If you or a family member are in need of support for substance use:

It is important to know that no matter how you are feeling, you are not alone – help is available.

UBC co-hosting WACUBO 2019 annual conference; volunteer opportunity

UBC co-hosting WACUBO 2019 annual conference; volunteer opportunity

The 2019 WACUBO Annual Conference (Western Association of College and University Business Officers) is being held in Vancouver May 5-9, hosted by UBC and SFU.

Since 1937, WACUBO has offered business officers from Canada, the United States, and Mexico opportunities for professional development and a forum for identifying solutions to issues affecting higher education. The 2019 conference will be of interest to members of the UBC community who are responsible for business operations within their units.

In addition, the planning committee is looking for a Volunteer Services Coordinator to recruit 35-40 volunteers on behalf of UBC.

To learn more about the conference and about the volunteer position, please visit https://vpfo.ubc.ca/2018/11/ubc-to-co-host-the-wacubo-2019-annual-conference/. If you have any questions, you can contact Tammy Brimner.

Inclusive holiday celebrations

This winter at UBC, our community is celebrating events and holidays from around the world. Our students, staff and faculty come from many cultural backgrounds and faith identities, and at this time of year, we have an opportunity to celebrate the cultures that make up our UBC community.

Some celebratory events are coming up in the next few weeks, including Mawlid an Nabi (Islam), Hanukkah (Judaism), Yule (Paganism), and Christmas (Christianity). In February, we will see festivities for the Lunar New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist). See the Days of Significance list to see all the events and celebrations coming up soon.

Ways to Celebrate in the Workplace

We have a great opportunity to celebrate the season together, in a respectful and positive way that can help build intercultural understanding.

  • Display a calendar in your workplace to raise awareness of important cultural/faith events and holidays throughout the entire year.
  • Celebrate all faiths present in your workplace.
  • Consider having a New Year’s celebration party instead of a holiday party in December.
  • Be flexible with the needs of staff around faith and/or holiday celebrations.
  • In your workplace or at celebration events, bring together decorations and food from the many cultures in your workplace, and encourage staff to share stories about their favourite traditions.
  • Be respectful of religious holidays at this time of year when planning events and meetings. Check the Days of Significance calendar for details.

Office Decorations

Here are some tips to make your office decorations inclusive and respectful of all cultures and beliefs:

  • Aim for neutral decor in the front-facing areas of your office
  • Ensure your office is accessible and that decorations do not prevent or block access to public services.
  • Consider how your office can celebrate dates significant to all members of your workplace. Invite staff from all faith identities to be involved in the office decorating discussion.
  • Set an agreed upon limit to the number of days that your office will display decorations, and have a discussion about what other times of year you might want to decorate, in celebration of other events.
  • Use the holidays as an opportunity to build community within your office, and with the people your office serves or supports.

If you are feeling excluded as a result of office celebrations, you are encouraged to reach out to a colleague or a supervisor and have a conversation about how you feel and how you would like your culture and beliefs to be included. At UBC we should all feel comfortable to share our culture and beliefs with others. You are welcome to contact the Equity and Inclusion Office or your HR Advisor to discuss.

We hope that this advice provides some suggestions on how to foster community and inclusion at this time of year through encouraging the celebration of our many cultures and faiths on campus.

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