Administration

Your Help Needed: Tell Us How We Can Improve the HR Website

We are starting a year-long process to update and expand the HR website, and we are asking key users of HR services to help us by filling out a quick survey on how you use the HR site, and what we could add to make the site more user-friendly and useful to you.

The survey is available at https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_25Cp2jYtEHKIIm1 until March 2, 2018.

If you have any questions, or if you would prefer to share your thoughts in person, please contact HR Communications at communications@hr.ubc.ca. If you have already completed the survey, we thank you.

Take Part in the Seasonal Shutdown

Take Part in the Seasonal Shutdown

It’s time for UBC’s Seasonal Shutdown. Send in an energy-saving checklist before winter break for a chance to win prizes.

Simple actions like unplugging electronic equipment and turning off lights save thousands of dollars each year.

Before you leave for the holidays:

  • Switch off electronics
  • Unplug small appliances
  • Turn off the lights
  • Close windows and blinds
  • Report any air or water leaks
  • Shut fume hood sashes
  • Shut down non-essential lab equipment

Help us save even more energy this year by completing some simple actions and filling out the Shutdown Checklist!

Interim Vice President Human Resources: Linda McKnight

Lisa Castle will be retiring from her role of Vice President, Human Resources, on Dec. 6, 2017. With the recruitment process for the next vice president still under way, Linda McKnight, Managing Director, Human Resources, Strategic Staff Relations, has agreed to act as interim Vice President Human Resources until the new vice president begins their term. As interim vice president, Linda will have the full authority and responsibilities of the role including being a member of the UBC Executive team, supporting the Board of Governors in its governance responsibilities and providing institutional people leadership.  We are grateful to Linda for her willingness to step into this role into the first part of 2018.

Linda is a graduate of the University of Victoria.  She started her HR career at deHavilland Aircraft in Toronto, where she was responsible for employment equity when it was in its infancy.  After her time in Ontario, she returned to Vancouver where she enjoyed a 12-year career at Vancouver Coastal Health working as a Labour Relations Consultant, and then Director, Human Resources.  Linda came to UBC in 2002 as the Director, Human Resources Advisory Services. In her time here, she has built a strong team of HR professionals who provide values-driven institution-wide HR advice to managers and staff, and a thoughtful and measured approach to collective bargaining. In addition, she has provided leadership across the university in furthering the fundamental values of fair process and a respectful work environment.

Linda can be reached at linda.mcknight@ubc.ca.

Lisa Castle Retirement Celebration Open House: Dec. 12, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

As Lisa Castle, Vice President, Human Resources, prepares for her retirement, Human Resources is hosting an open house reception at the Vancouver campus. We would like to invite UBC staff and faculty join us for a celebration of all the wonderful programs and initiatives that we have successfully accomplished as a community to build a positive and respectful work environment.

Please, join us as we look back at our accomplishments, and as we look to the future to continue build an outstanding work environment for everyone at UBC to reach their potential.

Open House Details

  • Date: Dec. 12, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Rm. 610 – Human Resources, 6190 Agronomy Road [Map]

Cake and fruit will be available.

We will have a guestbook available for you to share your best wishes/memories with Lisa.

Questions? Please contact communications@hr.ubc.ca.

Memo Round-up: Economic Stability Dividend and Paid Leave Between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

In recent weeks, we have sent out three memos to the HR community of practice at UBC:

If you have any questions about how these subjects impact your workplace, please contact your Human Resources Advisor or Associate.

Daylight Saving Time Ends Nov. 5, 2017

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Daylight Saving Time ends on Nov. 5, 2017 – clocks fall back one hour at 2:00 a.m. Sunday. Please encourage your staff to have a safe commute on Monday, Nov. 6.

Compensation Job Classification Reviews Moving to Tuesdays/Thursdays

Our Compensation team in HR has, for a number of years, conducted job classification reviews on Mondays and Thursdays. Effective Sept. 5, 2017, these reviews will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Cheng (Senior Manager, Compensation) at kathleen.cheng@ubc.ca.