Back to school safety

The fall semester has begun, and with the return of fall we will be seeing earlier sunsets and rainy weather. Please share this information with your employees, especially those who work outside of standard office hours.

UBC’s safety resources

  • You might want to use AMS Safewalk (604-822-5355) to request accompaniment while walking on campus after dark. Safewalk can be used by faculty and staff as well as students.
  • Use the Community Shuttles on campus.
  • Know the location of the UBC Blue Phones. They connect directly to Campus Security.
  • Know your location on campus and be able to describe where you are if you need to call for help.
  • When entering or exiting a locked/secured building, ensure that the door is secured before proceeding.
  • In the event of an emergency, call 911. If you see suspicious circumstances, call Campus Security at 604-822-2222.

Learn more at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/wellbeing-benefits/workplace-health/personal-safety-on-campus/.

Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan: Fall dates open for registration

We have several upcoming Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan information session for members of the Staff Pension Plan. If you or your staff are interested in attending, please register soon as these sessions fill up quickly.

Upcoming dates

  • Sept. 27, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Oct. 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Nov. 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Nov. 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Learn more and register at http://staff.pensions.ubc.ca/news/workshops/.

PD workshop: Selection Interviewing: Ensuring Equity: Oct. 16, 2018

HR is hosting a one-day workshop focusing on Selection Interviewing: Ensuring Equity, on Oct. 16, 2018. This workshop is designed for managers and administrators who currently have responsibility for the hiring and selection of staff. The cost of this workshop is $25 (includes refreshments and a light lunch).

About the workshop

The interview is a vital step in the hiring process, so you want it to be as effective as possible. This workshop will focus on the essential skills of behavioural interviewing so that you can more effectively get to know your candidates and find the best fit for your team.

Through group exercises, discussions and role-play within this workshop, participants will:

  1. Develop questions and practice behavioural interviewing skills
  2. Develop tools to select the best candidate for the position
  3. Understand basic concepts of human rights, employment equity, and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation

Participants will also review current Human Rights and Employment Equity legislation and discuss the objectives of UBC’s policy on employment equity.

Course information

Date: Oct. 16, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610
Cost: $25
Register online

Spaces left in Building Resilient Teams: Sept. 24, 2018

We have a few spaces left in our Sept. 24, session on Building Resilient Teams. Register ASAP to learn about your conflict management style, and how to support your teams.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the five dysfunctions that can challenge a team’s performance and culture
  • Identify strategies to build a high performing team
  • Recognize your preferred conflict management style as a leader
  • Explore and practice tools to manage conflict effectively
  • Create an action plan to apply what you have learned to your workplace

Course information

Date: Sept. 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610
Cost: $200
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.

PD Opportunity: Building Resilient Teams: Sept. 24, 2018

Human Resources is hosting a half-day professional development workshop on Building Resilient Teams on Sept. 24, 2018. This session is designed for formal and informal leaders who want to learn about their own conflict management style, and how to support their teams.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the five dysfunctions that can challenge a team’s performance and culture
  • Identify strategies to build a high performing team
  • Recognize your preferred conflict management style as a leader
  • Explore and practice tools to manage conflict effectively
  • Create an action plan to apply what you have learned to your workplace

Course Information

Date: Sept. 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610
Cost: $200
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.

Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan: Aug. 22

We have an upcoming Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan information session for members of the Staff Pension Plan. If you or your staff are interested in attending, please register soon as these sessions fill up quickly.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Detailed location information will be given upon registration.
Presenter: Debbie Wilson, Director, UBC Staff Pension Plan
Register online

CTLT Summer Institute 2018: Aug. 20-24

CTLT Summer Institute 2018: Aug. 20-24

Interested in teaching, learning or technology? The UBC CTLT Summer Institute features more than 20 free workshops on topics such as open education, student wellbeing, learning analytics, and more. View the full schedule of events and learn more at institute.ctlt.ubc.ca/summer-institute/.

Upcoming Professional Development Workshops: September-October 2018

If you’re planning ahead for your professional development, or want to have some suggestions for professional development opportunities to share with your staff, we have some new workshops coming to UBC’s Vancouver campus this fall:

These courses are eligible for professional development funding – visit the PD funding page for your employee group to learn more.