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By Marlene Dong on October 18, 2018
In the new UBC Strategic Plan, People and Places is identified as a core area, and developing thriving communities is an important strategic goal. When we have a thriving community of faculty and staff, we make UBC a better place to live, work and learn. This month, we encourage everyone to take the time to focus on their health, wellbeing and resiliency. As a manager/administrator, here are some ways you can champion mental health and wellbeing in your department:
Many departments and units across the university will be taking part in Not Myself Today, a national workplace mental health initiative that helps to build greater awareness, reduce stigma and foster safe and supportive cultures. Learn more about the UBC-wide mental health resources available to help support your workplace conversations and initiatives and to promote wellbeing among colleagues and teams.
Encourage your workplace and colleagues to register for the next Mindfulness Challenge. The program is free and open to all UBC staff, faculty and postdoctoral fellows in Vancouver and the Okanagan. It is a great team-building activity and a simple way to introduce mindfulness as a way to help reduce stress, gain perspective and increase resilience at work and in life. Visit the 30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge page to learn more and to download a printable poster for your department.
Thank you for supporting UBC’s efforts to help everyone thrive all year long.
By Marlene Dong on October 4, 2018
In recognition of Global Ergonomics Month, let’s celebrate the important role ergonomics plays in our efforts to support staff and faculty, and build workplace health and wellbeing.
The proper ergonomic design of staff and faculty workspaces can minimize the risk of a wide range of injuries – from eye strain and carpal tunnel syndrome to persistent neck or back pain. Fortunately, many potential injuries can be avoided by making a few simple changes to the set-up of workspaces and bringing awareness to the repetitive movements we all perform as part of our daily work.
Expanding its existing resources, the Ergonomics team recently launched a new Classroom Ergonomics resource to support faculty, instructors and teaching assistants who can spend hours marking and lecturing. The webpage provides tips for ideal standing and sitting positions and highlights the importance of taking micro-breaks. We encourage you to share this new resource within your department/unit where appropriate.
Please visit the UBC Ergonomics website for information, resources and workshops, or contact an Ergonomics team member to learn how we can help align your workspaces so your faculty and staff can do their best work.
By Marlene Dong on October 4, 2018
Registration is now open for the next 30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge, which runs Oct. 29 – Nov. 27. Whether you’re new to mindfulness, practicing already, or part of a unit looking for a team-building activity, everyone can benefit from this simple practice. The program is free and open to all UBC staff, faculty and postdoctoral fellows in Vancouver and the Okanagan. Consider inviting a new member of the HR team to join you for the challenge!
For more information and to register, visit the 30-Day Online Mindfulness Challenge webpage.
By Marlene Dong on January 25, 2018
Next Thursday, Feb. 1, you’re invited to reach for your go-to active wear, lace up your favourite sneakers, and join your comfortably-attired colleagues in kicking off Move UBC.
Move UBC is an annual, month-long initiative that encourages the entire UBC community to find ways to move more. By sitting less and moving more, we can help to improve our mental and physical health. When your colleagues move along with you, you’ll also enjoy social health benefits.
For more info about Active Wear Day (Feb. 1) and Move UBC events (Feb. 1-28), visit www.move.ubc.ca.