Events

Integrated Renewal Program HR update call #3: Dec. 6, 2018

You are invited to join the third Integrated Renewal Program (IRP) HR call-in session on Dec. 6, 9:00-10:00 a.m. All human resources practitioners at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses are invited to join through phone or by video-conference.

The Dec. 6 agenda includes:

  • IRP update
  • HR work stream update: what the team has been working on for the last 30 days; what’s planned for the next 30
  • High-level HR Workday walkthrough – in-system review, including an overview the of basic concepts, navigation and terminology
  • Q & A

If you are interested in attending, please contact IRP at integrated.renewal@ubc.ca to RSVP.

UBC co-hosting WACUBO 2019 annual conference; volunteer opportunity

UBC co-hosting WACUBO 2019 annual conference; volunteer opportunity

The 2019 WACUBO Annual Conference (Western Association of College and University Business Officers) is being held in Vancouver May 5-9, hosted by UBC and SFU.

Since 1937, WACUBO has offered business officers from Canada, the United States, and Mexico opportunities for professional development and a forum for identifying solutions to issues affecting higher education. The 2019 conference will be of interest to members of the UBC community who are responsible for business operations within their units.

In addition, the planning committee is looking for a Volunteer Services Coordinator to recruit 35-40 volunteers on behalf of UBC.

To learn more about the conference and about the volunteer position, please visit https://vpfo.ubc.ca/2018/11/ubc-to-co-host-the-wacubo-2019-annual-conference/. If you have any questions, you can contact Tammy Brimner.

Coaching Internship Program information session: Nov. 21, 2018

Coaching@UBC is accepting applications for the 2019 Coaching Internship Program. Successful applicants will receive funding towards the completion of an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program. Learn about the program and what it mean to become a coach through the Coaching Internship Program at our information session on Nov. 21, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Register online.

Please visit the Coaching Internship Program for full details and application package. The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2019.

Search Inside Yourself training program: Jan. 14-15, 2019

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

Developed at Google and founded in neuroscience, Search Inside Yourself (SIY) is a 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. 14-15, 2019, 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)

The registration deadline is Jan. 4, 2019, but last year’s program filled up quickly. Spots are limited and available 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.

New professional development workshops this winter

We have two new professional development workshops coming up this winter that may be of interest to you or to your staff:

You may be able to use your professional development funding towards these courses. Visit the PD funding page for your employee group to learn more, or contact pd.workshops@ubc.ca with questions.

PD opportunity: Thriving in Change: Oct. 29

HR is hosting a half-day workshop,  Thriving in Change, on Oct. 29, 2018. This session is for UBC staff and faculty  who want to learn more about the natural cycles and impact of change in order to remain resilient and engaged through the transition.

About the workshop

If nothing changed in your life in the next five years, would that be okay with you? Change is normal and natural – how we respond to change and interact and support others affected by it can make all the difference. In this workshop participants will start by exploring their own attitudes and reactions to change, learn foundational models to broaden their appreciation of the change journey, and gain new tools and strategies for use in an interpersonal and organizational context.

Learning outcomes

  • Be aware of you personal reactions and attitudes toward change
  • Gain an understanding of key change models
  • Be able to identify and use tools and behaviours that support and enhance personal resiliency in change
  • Be better able to support others as you navigate change

Course information

Thriving in Change
Oct. 29, 2018, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $200
Tech Enterprise Facilities III, Room 610 [map]
Register online

You may be able to use your professional development funding towards this course. Please visit the PD funding page for your employee group to learn more. Contact pd.workshops@ubc.ca with questions.

PD Opportunity: Appreciative Inquiry: A Way to Generate and Nurture Effective Work Environments: Oct. 12

HR is hosting a one-day workshop on Appreciative Inquiry: A Way to Generate and Nurture Effective Work Environments, on Oct. 12, 2018.

About the workshop

In our intention to make things better, we very often pick up on the things that don’t work: problems, wrong behaviours, errors, and try to fix them. Our lives become filled with problems to solve, one after the other, and we don’t see the end of them. Meanwhile, it becomes increasingly difficult to notice or appreciate what works well; and because these well-working things don’t need fixing, they simply lose their importance.

With Appreciative Inquiry we learn to shift our approach to change by focusing on creating what we want rather than eliminating what we don’t want. We learn to ask questions (or to inquire) in order to explore creative possibilities (appreciative).

Learning outcomes

Using a variety of formats such as paired interviews, small group exercises and video, you will:

  • Explore the key principles of Appreciative Inquiry
  • Learn simple ways to shift from a focus on problem solving to one of possibility creating
  • Pay attention to the role of language/words to phrase appreciative questions
  • Identify ways to apply the appreciative inquiry approach in your workplace

Audience

The session is designed for individuals who are intrigued by the statement that ‘we give power to the things we pay attention to,’ and are wanting to find practical ways to exercise personal agency to make a positive difference in the workplace.

Course information

Appreciative Inquiry: A Way to Generate and Nurture Effective Work Environments
Oct. 12, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $300
Tech Enterprise Facilities III, Room 610 [map]
Register online

You may be able to use your professional development funding towards this course. Please visit the PD funding page for your employee group to learn more. Contact pd.workshops@ubc.ca with questions.

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