Events

New PD workshops this August

HR is hosting two professional envelopment workshops this August:

Discovering Personal Effectiveness: Aug. 8 (9:00 a.m.  4:00 p.m.)

Self-awareness is at the heart of professional growth and development. By understanding ourselves, we are able to better connect with others, create meaningful relationships at work, improve our personal leadership and be more effective in our communications.

Practical Project Management: Aug. 21-22 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Many people are finding projects an increasing part of their workload, yet still have their ‘day job’ responsibilities. Getting your project off to the best possible start is essential for success and tackling today’s project focused environment requires a straightforward, down to earth approach. This two-day workshop provides practical, effective tools and proven processes that ensure your projects get off to a clear and solid start, ensuring they stay on track, and your deliverables are achieved on time and on budget.


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

Reminder to register by June 12 for the Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge

If you’re looking for opportunities to bring team wellbeing activities into your workplace this summer, the 2019 Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge begins June 17.

This four-week program is open to all UBC staff and faculty in Vancouver and the Okanagan, no matter your level of motivation or ability. You can participate as an individual or register as a team. Weekly random prize draws, photo challenges and meet-up events will help give you the boost you need week-to-week.

Sign up by June 12 at 4:00 p.m. by visiting the Stair Challenge webpage

Congress: June 1-7

Congress: June 1-7

Congress 2019 takes place at the Vancouver campus next week. Running June 1-7, Congress is the largest interdisciplinary conference in Canada. There are a number of free events open to the UBC community. You are encouraged to visit https://www.congress2019.ca/calendar to see the full schedule, or check out some of the special programming:

Big Thinking lecture series

The free Big Thinking series is held each day throughout Congress. This year’s series will feature the arts as a platform to engage with scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. More information about the Big Thinking series can be found at https://www.congress2019.ca/program/big-thinking.

Performances, exhibitions and featured events/talks

From soundscapes and visual art to literary readings and musical performances, there will be plenty of free performances and exhibitions to attend during Congress. Featured Talks will see UBC faculty and speakers from around the world discuss key issues in the humanities and social sciences.  More information about University programming can be found at https://www.congress2019.ca/program/university.

June 10: Equity and Inclusion at Canadian Universities: How Do We Get There?

June 10: Equity and Inclusion at Canadian Universities: How Do We Get There?

Academic institutions have embraced principles of equity as a core value underpinning their mission. But what do we mean by equity and diversity?

Can we have diversity but neglect inclusion? Do we have any blind spots on who we embrace under the equity, diversity and inclusion tent? How do we know who we have missed if our ability to measure diversity is varied? How do we inspire and sustain broad support for initiatives in this area?

You are invited to Equity and Inclusion at Canadian Universities: How Do We Get There?, a mini-symposium on June 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. This event is co-sponsored by the UBC Office of the Provost, the Faculty of Science, and the Equity & Inclusion Office.

Please share this invitation with your faculty and staff colleagues involved with faculty hiring, tenure/promotion, or graduate advising for a conversation on how we inspire and sustain broad support for initiatives in the area.

Visit https://equity.ubc.ca/events/howdowegetthere/ to learn more and to register. A livestream will also be available on the day of the event.

IRP HR session on time tracking & absence May 8; April 10 call recording available

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Integrated Renewal Program HR update call on April 10.  If you weren’t able to make it, or you would like to review the slides and the call, there is a recording available.

Next call: May 8

Our next IRP HR call-in session will be on May 8, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. where we will discuss time tracking and absences in Workday. Human resources practitioners at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses are invited to join.

Agenda

  • Integrated Renewal Program (IRP) Update
  • HR Work Stream Update – what has the team been working on and what is planned for the next 30 days
  • Key HCM functions/demo – overview of time tracking and absences in Workday

RSVP

If you are interested in participating in the call, email integrated.renewal@ubc.ca to RSVP. A member from the IRP team will follow up with an event invite.

IRP will be using Skype for Business to host this call-in session and will include instructions for joining the session in the invite. As we have received a growing interest from the HR community in participating in our monthly call-in sessions, team members are encouraged to join the session from one screen (if available through shared offices or room bookings) to allow for more open participant seats within the Skype session.

Upcoming sessions

IRP has a list of upcoming sessions and topics available on their website.

PD workshop: Presentations That Work: Optimize Your Influence with Colleagues & Decision-Makers: June 26

We are hosting Presentations That Work: Optimize Your Influence with Colleagues & Decision-Makers, a one-day workshop designed for new presenters who want to feel more comfortable in front of others, and for experienced speakers who want to expand their effectiveness and develop an extra edge.

Course information

Date: June 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610  [map]
Cost: $350
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.

Understanding Your Travel Benefits Information Session: May 7, 12-1pm

Understanding Your Travel Benefits Information Session: May 7, 12-1pm

UBC staff and faculty who are enrolled in the UBC extended health benefits plan are invited to attend this free, upcoming information session to understand your travel benefits. This session is an great opportunity to hear about such topics as:

  • Should I purchase additional travel insurance?
  • What is my UBC coverage while travelling?
  • What is the maximum amount I can claim?
  • Am I covered by other plans?
  • What if I am pregnant or have a pre-existing medical condition?
  • What are the exclusions and limitations?

Date: May 7, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Vancouver: Centre for Brain Health, Room 101 (lower level), 2215 Wesbrook Mall. Register now.

Okanagan: Reichwald Health Sciences Centre (RHS), Room 257, 1088 Discovery Ave (via videoconference). Register now.

Upcoming professional development workshops from HR

HR is hosting three professional development workshops this spring:

Thriving in Change: April 24 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

This workshop 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.

Practical Project Management: May 29-30 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

This workshop is for anyone who is involved in projects, as either a team member or project manager, and wants to learn the core basics and proven tools to help achieve more consistent project outcomes.

The Foundations of Workplace Coaching Skills: June 6 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

This workshop is for those who wish to gain a better understanding of how to use coaching in the workplace.


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