UBC Emergency Preparedness Exercise: June 28

UBC Emergency Preparedness Exercise: June 28

UBC Vancouver is conducting an emergency exercise on June 28 on the south campus where Main Mall meets Agronomy Road [map].

Faculty, staff, students and visitors may notice role-playing activity, which will involve a simulated emergency, emergency responders and mock casualties. Please be assured that this will be a practice exercise and will not pose a risk to passers-by.

Anyone who experiences a true emergency during this time is advised to call 911.

HR Memo: July 1, 2017, General Wage Increase for AAPS & Non-Union Groups; General Wage Increase and Economic Stability Dividend Implementation for CUPE 2278 (June 21, 2017)

Yesterday, we distributed a memo with information on the July 1, 2017, General Wage Increase (GWI) for AAPS, CUPE 2278, Executive Administrative, Non-Union Technicians/Research Assistants, Farm Workers, and Research Associates, and the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) for CUPE 2278.

Note: In the original emailed memo, the text stated that the GWI and ESD have already been implemented. This has been amended to indicate that the GWI and ESD will be implemented in HRMS before the effective date of July 1, 2017.

See all HR memos at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/memos/.

Finance Support Program (FSP) – Online Training Tool for Administrators

Finance has developed an online training program to help demystify the steps of Staff and Student recruitment and form completion.  The training, which is part of the Finance Support Program – Payroll & Positions, is a combination of instructional videos, self-test questions, and an appendix that highlights key documents and useful links. This training tool is beneficial to anyone who is new to an administrator role or who has been in their position for a while.

To create an account on the Edx training platform:

The ‘Home’ tab in Edx has an orientation video about how to view the training material.

Questions about this training program can be directed to your HR Advisor, HR Associate or to Ray McNichol – FSP Program Manager.

Learn more about the Finance Support Program at https://finance.ubc.ca/training/private/finance-support-program (CWL authentication required).

PD Opportunity for the HR Community of Practice: Appreciative Inquiry: A Way to Generate and Nurture Effective Work Environments: July 28, 2017

HR is hosting a one-day workshop on Appreciative Inquiry: A Way to Generate and Nurture Effective Work Environments, on July 28, 2017.

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


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
July 28, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $275
Tech Enterprise Facilities III, Room 610 [map]
Register online

Coaching For Personal and Professional Development Information Session: July 10

Join us for an information session at noon on July 10 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
July 10, 2017, 12:00 p.m.
Tech Enterprise Facilities III, Room 610 [map]
Register online

Upcoming Health & Wellbeing Courses: July, 2017

This July, we have two health and wellbeing courses that you may be interested in attending:

Learn to Meditate Series | July 12, 19 & 26

The three-part Learn to Meditate series is back by popular demand this summer! Wendy Quan will introduce you to the basic concepts of meditation and mindfulness techniques. This three-session course, tuned for the working environment, is designed for those both new and experienced in the world of mindfulness meditation.  You will learn to cultivate personal resilience, discover techniques to reduce and manage stress, and gain confidence to practice meditation and mindfulness.

Course information

Learn to Meditate
July 12, 19, 26, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $35
Tech Enterprise Facilities III, Room 610 [map]
Register online

Outdoor Explore Boot Camp – July 13

 This boot camp will show you simple exercises and movements you can do to increase your cardio, core strength, flexibility and overall wellbeing.

 Course information

Outdoor Explore Boot Camp
July 13, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Outside UBC Rec’s Ponderosa Commons Studio (6488 University Blvd.) [map]
Register online

For more information on health and wellbeing courses at UBC’s Vancouver campus, check out our Healthy UBC Newsletter.