HR News

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).

Update on Non-Union TRA PD Fund

The 2018/19 Professional Development Fund for Non-Union Technicians & Research Assistants (TRA) has limited funding remaining and is expected to run out by the end of this week. When the funding pool balance reaches zero, all staff individual balances will expire and no further PD expense claims will be accepted for the current fund year.

On Jan. 9, a message was sent to all Non-Union Technicians and Research Assistants by Human Resources to inform them of the remaining availability.

If you receive any questions about this matter from staff in your unit, please direct them to the TRA PD webpage or contact Susanna Mulligan, PD Funding Manager, at pd.funds@ubc.ca.

PD workshop: Coaching For Personal and Professional Development (Jan. 16, 2019)

Join us for an hour-long session on Jan. 16 to learn about Coaching@UBC’s free professional coaching services for staff and faculty.

In this information session, you will learn:

  • What is Coaching?
  • How does Coaching work?
  • Why choose Coaching for personal or professional development?
  • How do I access Coaching at UBC?

Course information

Coaching For Personal and Professional Development
Jan. 16, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610  [map]
Register online

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.

Reminders for administrators following cannabis legalization in Canada

On Oct. 17, cannabis use was legalized in Canada. As stated in the memo sent to the HR Network community of practice on Oct. 9:

UBC has an obligation to observe the safety rules set out in section 4.20 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation to prevent impairment in the workplace. This means ensuring that employees do not arrive or remain at work while their ability to work is affected by alcohol, cannabis, or any other impairing substance, regardless of its legal status.

Although medical authorization to use cannabis does not include a right to consume cannabis at work or arrive to work impaired, employees who are prescribed cannabis for medical purposes and seek or require an accommodation will be advised to speak with their supervisor (staff or student employees) or Head (faculty). Any unauthorized or unapproved use of cannabis prior to or during work hours will not be tolerated and may result in discipline.

We ask that all administrators and managers familiarize themselves with our document, “Information for Supervisors Regarding Substance Use.” If you have questions regarding medical accommodations, or employee substance use, please contact the following:

Together, we can continue to foster a healthy, safe, inclusive, and professional work environment at UBC.


Two broadcast email messages were also distributed to the broader campus community on this subject, if you are interested in reading more:

UBC coaching programs recognized with International Prism Award 2018 – Honourable Mention

UBC coaching programs recognized with International Prism Award 2018 – Honourable Mention

In the world of organizational development, coaching has become the most effective tool to accelerate results in learning and professional development and building engaged workplaces.

UBC has received the 2018 Honourable Mention for the International Prism Award, a prestigious honour from the International Coach Federation that recognizes the impact of UBC’s rigorous coaching programs in all its facets and in a number of areas, from personal development to shaping the organizational culture and addressing strategic goals.

Across the organization, UBC encourages students, staff and faculty to lead through a coach approach to discover and explore new ways of learning – from leadership programs to performance conversations. Since 2001, over 4,300 faculty and staff have accessed free, one-on-one professional coaching services through the Coaching@UBC program and Career Navigation and Transition services. The community of coaches currently includes 55 internal coaches (those coaches who also work at UBC) as well as 27 external coaches. UBC also offers staff and faculty electing to pursue ICF-accredited coaching training access and scholarship awards for the UBC Coaching Internship Program.

UBC was shortlisted as one of four global finalists earlier this summer, and the award was announced on Sept. 26, 2018 at the Human Capital Institute’s Learning and Leadership Development Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Congratulations to all!


Coaching@UBC provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to focus and move forward on career goals through the exploration of ideas and candid dialogue with a confidential and unbiased thinking partner. Learn more.

Resources supporting transgender and gender-diverse faculty and staff

At UBC, diversity is welcomed and respected, and considered foundational to excellence in research, education and engagement. UBC recognizes that respect and support for transgender and gender-diverse faculty and staff are central to their success and wellbeing. It is our interactions at work that can help us to feel a valued member of society. The recognition of gender diversity, specifically for people who identify as transgender, two-spirit or non-binary, affirms and acknowledges that gender is highly personal and fluid, and is worthy of respect at UBC.

All human resources practitioners and managers/supervisors have the responsibility to provide a welcoming, inclusive and respectful work environment. By working proactively with an employee who wishes to transition and/or utilize gender-affirming procedures, you can help create a positive experience for the individual and all employees in your unit.

The information in the following resource documents can to help you to building a positive work environment and in modelling behaviour that shows respect for diversity and inclusion that you expect your staff to demonstrate in their relationships with each other and the people they work with across the campus.

Please familiarize yourself with these resources so you can best support transgender and gender-diverse staff, faculty and student employees in your department.

For managers/supervisors/HR practitioners: Supporting Transgender and Gender-Diverse Faculty and Staff at UBC

Information includes:

  • Human rights and employer responsibilities
  • Definitions to assist you in understanding gender diversity
  • Transitioning in the workplace: planning a collaborative, supportive approach
  • Guidelines for the manager/supervisor and support team
  • UBC and other external resources
  • Transition checklist (for working with the employee)

For employees: Transgender and Gender-Diverse Faculty and Staff at UBC

Information includes:

  • Transitioning in the workplace: planning a collaborative, supportive approach
  • Guidelines for the transitioning employee
  • Transition checklist
  • Information on health and benefits
  • Information on counselling and support/social groups

If you have any questions, please contact your HR Advisor. For more information on campus-wide initiatives on gender diversity, please visit the Equity & Inclusion website.