2018-10-04

HR memo: Local elections on Oct. 20

On Oct. 1, 2018, we distributed a memo on the university’s obligations towards employees scheduled to work on the date of the upcoming general local elections, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018.

PD opportunity: Thriving in Change: Oct. 29

HR is hosting a half-day workshop,  Thriving in Change, on Oct. 29, 2018. This session 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.

About the workshop

If nothing changed in your life in the next five years, would that be okay with you? Change is normal and natural – how we respond to change and interact and support others affected by it can make all the difference. In this workshop participants will start by exploring their own attitudes and reactions to change, learn foundational models to broaden their appreciation of the change journey, and gain new tools and strategies for use in an interpersonal and organizational context.

Learning outcomes

  • Be aware of you personal reactions and attitudes toward change
  • Gain an understanding of key change models
  • Be able to identify and use tools and behaviours that support and enhance personal resiliency in change
  • Be better able to support others as you navigate change

Course information

Thriving in Change
Oct. 29, 2018, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $200
Tech Enterprise Facilities III, Room 610 [map]
Register online

You may be able to use your professional development funding towards this course. Please visit the PD funding page for your employee group to learn more. Contact pd.workshops@ubc.ca with questions.

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.