Events

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.

Pride Week at UBC 2018

Each August, communities across Vancouver come together to kick off the annual Vancouver Pride Week. At UBC, you are invited to join in the celebrations, and show your support for creating positive space across UBC.

Two UBC events you can attend:

  • UBC’s annual Pride Convergence: July 30, 4:00-6:30 p.m.
  • UBC Pride: Aug. 1, 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Visit https://equity.ubc.ca/celebratepride/ to learn more and register.

Four spaces left in Navigating Today’s Communication Challenges: July 24

We have four spaces left in our July 24, 2018, session on Navigating Today’s Communication Challenges. Register ASAP to sharpen your communication skills.

About this workshop

Have you ever wondered why your communication efforts click with some people and not with others? Or how others perceive you when you interact with them? Whether working with other people in your department, on a team, or just having a social conversation over lunch, it is quickly evident that some relationships are more productive than others.

As the need to work collectively increases, good discussion skills, effective listening and positive modeling are essential. In this insightful workshop you will learn to assess the communication needs of others and see how you can make simple adjustments in order to communicate more effectively. It will help you develop methods of communicating that will build on your strengths and the strengths of others.

This session is designed for anyone that wants to proactively improve and fine tune their interpersonal and communication skills at work.

Course Information

July 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tech Enterprise Facilities III, Room 610, 6190 Agronomy Road [map]
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.

Reminder: Community Leadership Program 2018-19 Information Sessions: July 23

If you or anyone on your team might be interested in an experiential leadership opportunity for emerging leaders to enhance their leadership skills and give back to community organizations, we invite you to attend out UBC Community Leadership Program information session on July 23 at 12:00 p.m.

Staff from all employee groups, as well as graduate students, are welcome to apply for this program. There is no cost to participants.

Session information

UBC Community Leadership Program Information Sessions
July 23, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tech Enterprise Facilities III, Room 610, 6190 Agronomy Road [map]
RSVP through our program catalog

Visit clp.ubc.ca for more information and to learn about the impact of last year’s program. If you can’t attend one of the information sessions and have questions about the program, please email Stephanie Thorpe, Workplace Learning Facilitator.

For Managers/Supervisors: Preview “The Working Mind”: June 20, 2018

Human Resources will be holding a preview of the new training Working Mind session for UBC managers/supervisors on June 20 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). All members of the distributed HR community of practice in Vancouver are invited to attend for free.

About the Working Mind

The Working Mind is a Mental Health Commission of Canada, evidence-based workplace training program aimed at increasing mental health literacy for both supervisors/managers and employees. In advance of rolling out this program to the campus community, UBC managers and supervisors are invited to see how it aligns with UBC’s employment policies and procedures.

The session on June 20 is the the manager/supervisor version, and will include information related to duty to enquire, accommodations, return to work, along with the other program elements.

To register, please email Miranda Massie, UBC Health Promotions Coordinator.

Read more about the program goals and objectives under the cut.

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Professional Development Opportunity: Navigating Today’s Communication Challenges: July 24, 2018

Have you ever wondered why your communication efforts click with some people and not with others? Or how others perceive you when you interact with them? Whether working with other people in your department, on a team, or just having a social conversation over lunch, it is quickly evident that some relationships are more productive than others.

As the need to work collectively increases, good discussion skills, effective listening and positive modeling are essential. In this insightful workshop you will learn to assess the communication needs of others and see how you can make simple adjustments in order to communicate more effectively. It will help you develop methods of communicating that will build on your strengths and the strengths of others.

This session is designed for anyone that wants to proactively improve and fine tune their interpersonal and communication skills at work.

Learning Outcomes

  • Determine the key attributes of the most effective communicators;
  • Identify four distinct communication styles;
  • Practice a few simple steps to improving your listening skills;
  • Assess their preferred communication style and the pro¿s and con¿s;
  • Quickly recognize the communication preferences of others;
  • Give and receive positive and corrective feedback;
  • Identify the most common communication challenges;
  • Determine how to make discussions more effective; and
  • State how body language can be used as an effective communication tool

Course Information

Date: July 24, 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.

Attend the Staff Pension Plan Fair on June 21

The UBC Staff Pension Fair takes place on Thursday, June 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The fair will be held at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. This is a drop-in event; no RSVP is required.
The Pension Fair is a great opportunity for members to learn more about their pension plan and increase their pension knowledge. We are also pleased to have the following groups in attendance:

Visit the SPP Pension Fair event website for more details.