2020-02-20

Memo: Moving staff to midpoint of salary range (midpoint progression increase) (February 13)

UBC has procedures in place to ensure that staff in the following employee groups move to their salary range midpoint within a specified timeframe. These include Non-Union Technicians & Research Assistants (TRA), Executive Administrative Staff, Farm Workers, and Association of Administrative and Professional Staff (AAPS).

Identifying eligible staff

On February 13, the central compensation unit will distribute departmental spreadsheets identifying staff from affected employee groups who are currently below their salary range midpoint, and who are eligible for a midpoint progression increase (MPI).

Midpoint progression increases are funded by departmental budgets.

Excluded Management & Professional staff and Service Unit Directors are not included in this process, as their compensation is governed by a separate process.

Midpoint progression increase for TRA, Executive Administrative Staff, and Farm Workers

The university will ensure that staff who are members of these groups progress to the midpoint of their salary range within two years of starting their role, subject to satisfactory performance. This is in accordance with the Handbook for Technicians & Research Assistants and the Handbook for Executive Administrative Staff. Eligible staff who have been in their position for two years or more will be automatically adjusted to the midpoint of their salary range, subject to satisfactory performance.

Midpoint progression increase for AAPS

The university will ensure that staff who are members of AAPS progress to the midpoint of their salary range by the end of four years in their role, subject to satisfactory performance. This is in accordance with Letter of Agreement #1 in the Agreement on Conditions and Terms of Employment between UBC and AAPS. Eligible staff who have been in their position for four years or more will not be automatically adjusted to the midpoint of their salary range, as this action must be initiated by their department.

If you have questions regarding MPI or the salary of your staff, please contact your HR Advisor/Associate: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/administrators/contact/.

For more information, visit: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/memos/memo-moving-staff-to-midpoint-of-salary-range-midpoint-progression-increase-feb-13-2020/.

UBC is recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers in 2020

UBC is recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers in 2020

UBC is recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers in 2020. This designation recognizes the British Columbian employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work and the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.
Some of the reasons that UBC was selected as one of BC’s Top Employers this year:
  1. Encouraging employees to get involved in the wider community through the Community Leadership Program, an innovative six-month leadership development program that allows employees to lead and implement a community service learning project within their community.
  2. UBC employees work in one of Canada’s most beautiful workplaces, featuring a shoreline hiking trail and great views of the distant mountains and the surrounding Salish Sea. Employees are also encouraged to keep fit with subsidized membership to the state-of-the-art onsite fitness facility as well as an aquatic centre (complete with a 25 metre pool, lazy river and hot tub), skating rinks and year-round tennis courts.
  3. UBC provides its new moms and dads with maternity leave and parental leave top-up payments (varying by position) and employees can take advantage of on-campus daycare centres with over 600 spaces for children.
Read more about BC’s Top Employers awards at http://www.canadastop100.com/bc/.
Looking to join UBC? Check out our career listings at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers/.
Learn more about how we’re making UBC an inspiring place to work through Focus on People 2025.
Program inspires UBC faculty, staff and students to be community leaders

Program inspires UBC faculty, staff and students to be community leaders

Whether sharing stories of inspiring civil engineering research or finding meaningful ways to engage alumni, Lindsay Cashin’s pride for her community comes alive in her everyday work.

Now in her seventh year working at UBC, Lindsay first joined the university as a staff member in the Department of Civil Engineering and currently oversees special projects as a member of the Development and Alumni Engagement team at the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

In 2017, on the hunt for a professional development opportunity that could offer her greater connection to the community within and outside of the university, Lindsay enrolled in the UBC Community Leadership Program (CLP).

“I was intrigued by the opportunity to gain experience working with students and a community partner outside the university ‘bubble,’” says Lindsay.

Lindsay makes a point of giving back to the community from where she draws inspiration and community pride. “Students make UBC possible,” she says, “so I find it energizing and satisfying to give back to them in my own small way.”

CLP is an experiential learning program offered annually to graduate students, faculty and staff. Sponsored by Human Resources and the Centre for Community Engaged Learning, the program is designed in two phases with activities during the months of October to March.

In the first phase, participants take part in a series of concept-driven workshops. In the second phase, they apply their learning by collaborating with community organizations and undergraduate students through both the Reading Week program and the Student Leaders program. Together, participants spend three days implementing community initiatives in a school or non-profit organization in the Lower Mainland.

Lindsay encourages anyone who is curious about working with students, discovering community organizations beyond UBC, and developing themselves as a leader to consider CLP.

Reflecting on her experience in the program, Lindsay remarks that partnering with undergraduate students on a Reading Week project was a highlight. “I got to test-drive leadership skills while working with a brilliant student leader and five student volunteers on a film project for a really engaged and supportive community partner. It was unlike anything I’d experienced before at UBC.”

To read more about Lindsay’s experience with CLP, please visit Focus on People 2025:

To learn more about CLP, visit: clp.ubc.ca/

CliftonStrengths Discovery: Your Unique Strengths and Strategies for Your Success

Living your best life begins when you apply your unique talents. This course will change the way you work and will influence the rest of your life. You will learn how to identify what you do best and how to maximize your potential by using your CliftonStrengths . Join us in this workshop which uses the CliftonStrengths assessment tool and enhances participant understanding of the full potential of these strengths.

Please note: In preparation for the session, registration will be closed by February 25, 2020

Event Information:

  • Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Location: Tech Enterprise Facilities III – 6th FLOOR – Multipurpose Room, HR, 6190 Agronomy Road
  • Cost: $375.00

For more information, please visit the HR course catalogue.

The Working Mind: Workplace Mental Health Training for Faculty & Staff

Established by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Working Mind is an evidence-based training program designed to address and promote mental health and reduce stigma in a workplace setting. It includes scenario-based practical applications, custom videos of people with lived experience of mental illness, participant reference guides, and related handouts.

Event Information:

  • Date: Monday Feb. 24, 2020 (1 day)
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Building: Tech Enterprise Facilities III – 6TH FLOOR – Multipurpose Room, HR, 6190 Agronomy Road
  • Cost: Fee waived

For more information or to register for this event, please visit the HR course catalogue.

alumniUBC webinar: Engaging Employees Through Career Decisions

alumniUBC webinar: Engaging Employees Through Career Decisions

Knowing how to increase employee engagement remains elusive for many people managers at a time when more and more employees are craving career development in the workplace.
What can you do in your job to increase employee engagement (for yourself or others), regardless of your position in an organization?

How can you effectively retain Millennials and other independent contributors who want career support in the workplace?

Join Colleen Egli, BA’09, to learn what new research links employee engagement with employee-manager career development discussions, learn how to strategically use these discussions as an effective, low-cost, high-return tool to increase employee engagement levels at work, and discover what key points need to be addressed to propose a business case around supporting this type of engagement initiative.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
12:00-1:00 pm

For more information or to register for this event, visit: https://www.alumni.ubc.ca/event/webinar-engaging-employees-through-career-discussions/

Summer camp: new registration information

Summer camp: new registration information

At the Vancouver campus, a big change is coming up for recreation and camps programs. A new registration system is launching that integrates with your CWL and will streamline discounted rates and improve the online experience.

To connect your CWL with a UBC Recreation login or to find out more, please visit: https://recreation.ubc.ca/home-page/new-reg/?login

Bassem Youssef: The Middle Eastern Monologues – March 2

Bassem Youssef: The Middle Eastern Monologues – March 2

UBC Connects presents The Middle Eastern Monologues with Bassem Youssef on March 2, at 6:30 pm.

Formerly a heart surgeon, Bassem Youssef shot to fame in 2011 as the “Jon Stewart of the Arab World.” As Stephen Colbert put it, Youssef “hosted Egypt’s first political satire show until the government decided it would be Egypt’s last political satire show.”

In this talk, Youssef shares his experience as a doctor-turned-satirist during the most uncertain time in the Middle East. He will discuss the dynamics of humour, politics and search for liberties and freedoms in the Middle East. As a new resident of the United States, Youssef will take a fresh look at the factors shaping American policies in the Middle East while initiating an honest conversation with Arabs and

Muslims about their role and position impacting the historic events unfolding today.

For ticket information, visit: https://events.ubc.ca/bassem-youssef/

Black activism in education and community: asserting black presence in Canada with OmiSoore Dryden – March 2

Black activism in education and community: asserting black presence in Canada with OmiSoore Dryden – March 2

Dr. OmiSoore Dryden, James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies in the Faculty of Medicine and an associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University. will be initiating the conversation on efforts on the part of colleges, universities and communities across Canada to assert Black presence and work towards systemic change.

The event is jointly hosted by the UBC Black Caucus, Centre for Culture, Identity and Education, and the Equity & Inclusion Office. Light dinner and refreshments will be provided.

Event Information:
• Date: March 2
• Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
• Location: UBC Robson Square Theatre

This event is free, but registration is required. Light dinner and refreshments provided.
This event is free but registration is required. Register for the event here: https://equity.ubc.ca/events/black-activism-in-education-and-community-asserting-black-presence-in-canada-with-omisoore-dryden/

MOA hosts International Women’s Day celebration – March 5

MOA hosts International Women’s Day celebration – March 5

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

This year’s International Women’s Day at MOA is a unique intergenerational, intercultural celebration of women supporting women.

This event is co-curated with dancer, rapper and community organizer, Kayla Vargas; JUNO-winning musician and community organizer, Meredith Bates; and singer/songwriter and musician, Chelsea Johnson.

Event Information:
• Date: March 5, 2020
• Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
• Location: Museum of Anthropology

All ages are welcome. This event is free with museum admission. For more information, visit: https://moa.ubc.ca/event/international-womens-day-at-moa/