HR News

Call for input on search for new Vice-President, Human Resources

This week, UBC launched the search for a new Vice-President, Human Resources. The announcement included a call for input from faculty, staff, students and alumni on the following questions:

  • What do you see as some of the key opportunities and challenges ahead of the Human Resources portfolio in the coming years?
  • What experience and personal qualities would you want an ideal candidate to bring to this role?
  • Any other comments that might be useful to the committee?
  • Any suggestions of potential candidates for this role?

You are invited to submit comments by June 7, 2019, to the search firm Caldwell at drailton@caldwellpartners.com or acotterall@caldwellpartners.com. All responses will be kept confidential.

Read the full announcement at https://faculty-staff.ubc.ca/2019/05/29/search-for-a-new-vice-president-human-resources/.

Reminder: HR Network News: User feedback survey

HR Network News is produced by the Department of Human Resources for the purpose of delivering timely, relevant information to the Human Resources community of practice at UBC’s Vancouver campus.

It has been a while since we made any changes to the content/format of the newsletter, and we want to take this opportunity to ask for your feedback and if you have any suggestions for how we can improve communications on HR matters to you and your teams. The survey will be open until the end of day Friday, May 17.

You can access the survey at https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5jQa70WGlegC7m5.

If you have any questions or other comments on this matter, please feel free to email us at communications@hr.ubc.ca.

Coaching@UBC: New coaches and coach interns

Coaching@UBC has added a number of new coaches to their roster:

Internal Coaches 

  • Mina Phaisaltantiwongs – (2018 Coach Intern)
  • Shannon Remillong  (2018 Coach Intern)

External Coaches 

  • Rebekah Bansback
  • Jennifer Dowdeswell
  • Andrea Fruhling
  • Elizabeth Froese
  • Tomomi Iwashina – Tomomi is able to provide coaching in Japanese and English.
  • Carol Poon – Carol is able to provide coaching in Mandarin and English

Visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/coaching/get-a-coach/community-of-coaches/ to learn more about all of UBC’s available coaches, and to sign up for coaching services at UBC.


The recipients of the 2019-2020 Coach Internship program are:

  • Dr. Lisa Loutzenheiser – Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP)
  • Allison Mander-Wionzek – Student Development & Services/Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
  • Catalina Policzer – Human Resources
  • Patrice Steinmann – UBC IT

Also congratulations to the following Coach Internship recipients who have recently become certified Coaches. You will be able to find them on our list of Internal Coaches in the very near future.

  • Deborah Chen – Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology
  • Lily Gu – UBC Extended Learning
  • Sukhbir Kaur – Psychology

Thank you to everyone who had expressed interest in our Coach Internship Award. We will open applications for the next round of the Coaching Internship Awards in October. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/coaching/become-a-coach/coaching-internship/.

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.

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.

Job Postings, Self-Service, HRMS unavailable Feb. 22 5pm – Feb. 24 12am

UBC will be performing HRMS system maintenance from 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 22 through midnight on Feb. 24, 2019.

HRMS, our HR management system, will not be available during this time. This includes:

  • all HRMS applications accessed via the MSP Portal:
    • HRMS Live,
    • HRMS Reporting (may be down intermittently)
    • Internal posting site,
    • HRMS Self Service (including T4s),
    • Staff PD.
  • the following applications not accessed via the MSP Portal:
    • External posting sites,
    • Short Posting URLs,
    • Training Catalogue/Registration,
    • HRMS Sick Leave application.

Learn more about the Technology Stabilization project here.

HR Memo: Moving Staff to Midpoint of Salary Range (Midpoint Progression Increase): Feb. 14, 2019

On Feb. 14, HR Compensation issued a memo regarding Moving Staff to Midpoint of Salary Range (Midpoint Progression Increase) for staff who are Management & Professional, Non-Union Research Assistant/Technicians, Executive Administrative Staff and Farm Workers.

Please contact your HR Advisor/Associate if you have questions regarding midpoint progression increase or the salary of your employees.

If you have questions regarding your department’s spreadsheet (Vancouver campus), please contact Sabrina Basra at 604-827-2464 (sabrina.basra@ubc.ca).