12th Annual Walkabout Challenge Begins Jan. 22

12th Annual Walkabout Challenge Begins Jan. 22

Jan. 22 marks the beginning of the 12th annual Walkabout challenge, a partnership between the Faculty of Education, UBC Rec, and Human Resources.

Walkabout is an annual nine-week health and wellbeing challenge promoting regular exercise in social settings. Everyone at UBC is welcome to join a team or register as an individual ($10/person).

Learn more about the challenge at

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

PD Opportunity: Time Management: Planning, Prioritizing & Productivity: Jan. 29, 2018

We are hosting a Time Management: Planning, Prioritizing & Productivity workshop on Jan. 29, 2018. 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, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610
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.

Search Inside Yourself Training Program (starting January 2018)

Search Inside Yourself Training Program (starting January 2018)

In support of UBC’s commitment to workplace health and wellbeing, HR is offering a unique professional development opportunity to UBC faculty and staff at the Vancouver campus.

Developed at Google and founded in neuroscience, Search Inside Yourself (SIY) is a unique training program that uses emotional intelligence and mindfulness to optimize performance, build leadership skills and increase wellbeing. The SIY program consists of:

  • Two-day in-person cohort-based training taught by SIY-certified instructors (Jan. 15-16, 2018, at the Vancouver campus)
  • Four weeks of follow-up exercises, content and cohort conversations via email (approx. mid-January to mid-February)
  • One-hour debrief session via webinar to integrate learning, answer questions and provide direction going forward (approx. late February)

Cost: $50 per person (eligible for PD funding). Registration deadline: Jan. 5, 2018.

Spots are limited and are filled on a first come, first served basis. Register now!

For more information, including program benefits and what’s included in the cost of the program, visit the Search Inside Yourself webpage.

PD Opportunity: Selection Interviewing (Nov. 21, 2017) – 6 Spaces Left

We have six spaces left in our Nov. 6, 2017, session on Selection Interviewing: Ensuring Equity. Register ASAP to sharpen your interview and recruitment skills.

Note that this workshop is designed for UBC managers/administrators who have responsibility for the recruitment of staff.

About this 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Develop questions and practice behavioural interviewing skills
  • Develop tools to select the best candidate for the position
  • 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.

Facilitation Team and Presenters

  • Lani McGill, Human Resources Advisor
  • Kathryn Stagg, Human Resources Advisor
  • Lindi Frost, Director of Employee Relations
  • Jude Tate, Director of Equity and Inclusion

Course information

Selection Interviewing: Ensuring Equity
Nov. 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.00
Room 610, TEF III, 6190 Agronomy Road [map]
Register online

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

PD Opportunity: Generating Successful Team Dynamics (Nov. 21, 2017)

HR is hosting a one-day workshop on Generating Successful Team Dynamics on Nov. 21, 2017. Register now to improve your knowledge on building solid and productive teams in the workplace.

About this workshop

Generating Successful Team Dynamics provides participants with a solid foundation that will ensure that team members and team leaders have the skills and knowledge required to work as a unit. Being able to create solid team work within your work group is an important skill for everyone in this environment.

Whether you are a team member working on a project team or in your day to day work within your department, you have an important role to play in your team’s performance. If you lead a department or project team, or plan to in the future, your performance directly affects your team’s success.

Within the first hour of the program participants will experience, first hand, the issues associated with working in a high performing team. This interactive simulation translates into real opportunities to identify, address and capitalize upon the shared knowledge of the group.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the characteristics of high performing teams;
  • Determine the stages of team development;
  • List the required elements for building strong team relationships;
  • Prioritize the essentials for success – establish common goals and roles;
  • Discuss how to create trust, commitment & motivation;
  • Identify the five team dysfunctions and what to do about them;
  • Determine steps to create and manage positive team conflict;
  • Create a strategy for building a sustainable team structure;
  • Determine how processes impact team performance


This session is designed for team leaders and team members who want to apply the principles of a positive and effective team-based work environment.

Course information

Generating Successful Team Dynamics
Nov. 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $350
Room 610, TEF III, 6190 Agronomy Road [map]
Register online

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