2017-11-28

Interim Vice President Human Resources: Linda McKnight

Lisa Castle will be retiring from her role of Vice President, Human Resources, on Dec. 6, 2017. With the recruitment process for the next vice president still under way, Linda McKnight, Managing Director, Human Resources, Strategic Staff Relations, has agreed to act as interim Vice President Human Resources until the new vice president begins their term. As interim vice president, Linda will have the full authority and responsibilities of the role including being a member of the UBC Executive team, supporting the Board of Governors in its governance responsibilities and providing institutional people leadership.  We are grateful to Linda for her willingness to step into this role into the first part of 2018.

Linda is a graduate of the University of Victoria.  She started her HR career at deHavilland Aircraft in Toronto, where she was responsible for employment equity when it was in its infancy.  After her time in Ontario, she returned to Vancouver where she enjoyed a 12-year career at Vancouver Coastal Health working as a Labour Relations Consultant, and then Director, Human Resources.  Linda came to UBC in 2002 as the Director, Human Resources Advisory Services. In her time here, she has built a strong team of HR professionals who provide values-driven institution-wide HR advice to managers and staff, and a thoughtful and measured approach to collective bargaining. In addition, she has provided leadership across the university in furthering the fundamental values of fair process and a respectful work environment.

Linda can be reached at linda.mcknight@ubc.ca.

Lisa Castle Retirement Celebration Open House: Dec. 12, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

As Lisa Castle, Vice President, Human Resources, prepares for her retirement, Human Resources is hosting an open house reception at the Vancouver campus. We would like to invite UBC staff and faculty join us for a celebration of all the wonderful programs and initiatives that we have successfully accomplished as a community to build a positive and respectful work environment.

Please, join us as we look back at our accomplishments, and as we look to the future to continue build an outstanding work environment for everyone at UBC to reach their potential.

Open House Details

  • Date: Dec. 12, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Rm. 610 – Human Resources, 6190 Agronomy Road [Map]

Cake and fruit will be available.

We will have a guestbook available for you to share your best wishes/memories with Lisa.

Questions? Please contact communications@hr.ubc.ca.

Memo Round-up: Economic Stability Dividend and Paid Leave Between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

In recent weeks, we have sent out three memos to the HR community of practice at UBC:

If you have any questions about how these subjects impact your workplace, please contact your Human Resources Advisor or Associate.

PD Opportunity: Time Management: Planning, Prioritizing & Productivity: Jan. 29, 2018

We are hosting a Time Management: Planning, Prioritizing & Productivity workshop on Jan. 29, 2018. This session is designed for those who wish to learn new tools to decrease work stress while increasing level of satisfaction, happiness and productivity at work.

About this workshop

This workshop provides you with peak performance tips, tools and strategies so you can spend more time working toward your high-value tasks. If you are swamped with emails, requests, tasks, and interruptions, this workshop is for you. In this highly interactive, thought-provoking, enjoyable, skill-building workshop you will learn proven time management techniques and at the same time tune your skills at managing your priorities and achieving your objectives.

Learning Outcomes

  • identify your time type
  • implement strategies to align your activities with your goals
  • optimize productivity and decrease stress
  • put into practice a laser-like focus on priorities
  • identify obstacles that get in your way
  • be more effective in handling interruptions
  • recognize time-saving email tips
  • distinguish between being busy and being productive
  • identify how you may sabotage your goals
  • share tools and technology to help manage your time more effectively
  • determine what you get by procrastinating and how to conquer procrastination
  • apply a practical new mindset and toolset develop a specific plan of action to implement immediately

Course Information

Date: Jan. 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610
Cost: $300
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.

Search Inside Yourself Training Program (starting January 2018)

Search Inside Yourself Training Program (starting January 2018)

In support of UBC’s commitment to workplace health and wellbeing, HR is offering a unique professional development opportunity to UBC faculty and staff at the Vancouver campus.

Developed at Google and founded in neuroscience, Search Inside Yourself (SIY) is a unique training program that uses emotional intelligence and mindfulness to optimize performance, build leadership skills and increase wellbeing. The SIY program consists of:

  • Two-day in-person cohort-based training taught by SIY-certified instructors (Jan. 15-16, 2018, at the Vancouver campus)
  • Four weeks of follow-up exercises, content and cohort conversations via email (approx. mid-January to mid-February)
  • One-hour debrief session via webinar to integrate learning, answer questions and provide direction going forward (approx. late February)

Cost: $50 per person (eligible for PD funding). Registration deadline: Jan. 5, 2018.

Spots are limited and are filled on a first come, first served basis. Register now!

For more information, including program benefits and what’s included in the cost of the program, visit the Search Inside Yourself webpage.