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.

Upcoming conferences hosted by UBC this May

There are two conferences hosted by UBC in May that may be of interest to the HR community of practice:

2019 WACUBO Annual Conference: May 5-9

UBC and SFU are co-hosting the 2019  Western Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO) conference, May 5-9 in downtown Vancouver. Attendees will connect with colleagues from universities and colleges across the region, and learn about trends, best practices, solutions, and developments related to finance, human relations, organizational development, change management, and other fields connected to administration in higher education. This year’s theme is Beyond Boundaries, and focuses on innovative programming to expand individual and institutional capacity to successfully meet the diverse challenges facing higher education today.

Learn more about the conference.  To learn how to become a WACUBO member, visit the UBC Finance website.

Building the Future of Work-Life: Catalyzing Inclusion: May 22-24

Our workplaces are changing. Demographic shifts mean that there are multiple generations in the workplace. Legal and legislative change means that our understanding and conception of family is broadening. Dual career challenges have moved from a ‘two-body’ problem to a ‘whole family’ opportunity. As practitioners in the field of work, life, and family, explore ways to respond to and anticipate these changes. The Building the Future of Work-Life: Catalyzing Inclusion conference is May 22-24 at UBC. This conference is hosted by the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office and the College and University Work-Life-Family Association (CUWFA).

Learn more and register.

Two free Health & Wellbeing workshops next week

We have two health & wellbeing workshops coming up next week for UBC staff and faculty:

Welcoming Change into Your Life: March 27, 12:45-1:45 p.m.

Change is a natural part of life. While some changes can affect the very structure of your life, other changes can have subtle impacts on your day-to-day activities. Sometimes you may be aware that a change is imminent but are uncertain about what it will involve and how it will affect your life. Situations like these can create ambiguity, worry, or a sense of loss and sadness.

This session will address the emotional reactions that participants may experience when confronted with change, taking into account their personality and strength, and provide coping skills to enable them to manage change more effectively.

Effective Communication at Work: March 28, 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Note that this session will take place at VGH/DHCC.

In order to communicate effectively, individuals have to master the techniques of effective listening and self-expression. These skills involve verbal and non-verbal behaviours as well as the ability to speak with persuasion and confidence.

This session will look at both of these essential sides of the communication equation. It will address key communication elements such as active listening and show participants how to present messages in a way that is more compatible with the receiver’s style.

Feb. 27 is Pink Shirt Day

Feb. 27 is Pink Shirt Day

By working together, we can help to end bullying in schools and in the workplace. Please join us in supporting Pink Shirt Day on Feb. 27, 2019, and learn about how you can help to stop bullying in communities across the province at

At UBC, we strive to provide a safe, respectful and productive environment for our faculty, staff and students. The UBC Respectful Environment Statement outlines our principles about creating a respectful environment for all:

The best possible environment for working, learning and living is one in which respect, civility, diversity, opportunity and inclusion are valued. Everyone at the University of British Columbia is expected to conduct themselves in a manner that upholds these principles in all communications and interactions with fellow UBC community members and the public in all University-related settings.

Read the full statement.

One of UBC’s initiatives to support a respectful environment is the Bullying and Harassment Prevention website. The website has information and training for UBC faculty, staff and student employees to support a positive workplace.

The UBC community works together every day to build a respectful environment for all. On Feb. 27, wear pink to show your support for an end to bullying and harassment in our communities.


Next Integrated Renewal Program HR update call: Feb. 14

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Integrated Renewal Program HR update call on Jan. 27. If you weren’t able to make it, or you would like to review the slides and the call, there is a recording available.

Our next HR IRP call-in session will be Feb. 14, 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.

Feb. 14 agenda

This month’s call in will be a Supervisory Organization Q&A session. The team is changing up the format for this call to ‘open the lines’ and take your specific questions about Supervisory Organizations for the hour. The team will also share more information about complex models and concepts of Supervisory Organizations such as matrix organizations, dotted line reporting and pooled positions. Please feel free to submit any questions for the team in advance of the call by including them in your RSVP email to


If you are interested in participating in the call, email to RSVP.