July 10 IRP HR call-in session: Delegations in Workday; Subscribe to IRP newsletter

Subscribe to the IRP newsletter

The Integrated Renewal Program newsletter provides information on the project, and helps create awareness and understanding about the program. To learn more and to subscribe, visit https://irp.ubc.ca/news/newsletter.html. The next edition of the newsletter is scheduled to go out this afternoon, and will have information regarding validation and security role mapping timelines.

Next IRP HR Call

The next Integrated Renewal Program HR call-in session will be July 10, 9:00-10:00 a.m., where the team will provide an overview and demo of delegations in Workday. Human resources practitioners at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses are invited to join.


  • Integrated Renewal Program (IRP) update
  • HR work stream update: what has the team been working on and what is planned for the next 30 days
  • Overview and demo of delegations in Workday


If you are interested in participating in the call, email integrated.renewal@ubc.ca to RSVP. A member from the IRP team will send you an invitation.

IRP HR call-in session recordings

A recording of all previous IRP HR call-in sessions are available on the IRP website under HR/Payroll Workstream resources. New recordings are posted within 3-4 business days of the sessions. To obtain the password to view the IRP HR call-in session recordings, please email integrated.renewal@ubc.ca.

New employee handbooks for Executive Administrative staff and Non-Union Technician & Research Assistants

UBC Human Resources is pleased to announced that we have updated the handbooks for Executive Administrative staff and for Non-Union Technician & Research Assistants. The handbooks contains information about the University of British Columbia’s existing terms, conditions, practices, and procedures as they relate to employees in these groups.

The new handbook can be downloaded from the HR website:

If you have any questions about these handbooks, please feel free to reach out to your HR Associate.

All UBC handbooks and collective agreements can be found online.

New PD workshops this August

HR is hosting two professional envelopment workshops this August:

Discovering Personal Effectiveness: Aug. 8 (9:00 a.m.  4:00 p.m.)

Self-awareness is at the heart of professional growth and development. By understanding ourselves, we are able to better connect with others, create meaningful relationships at work, improve our personal leadership and be more effective in our communications.

Practical Project Management: Aug. 21-22 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Many people are finding projects an increasing part of their workload, yet still have their ‘day job’ responsibilities. Getting your project off to the best possible start is essential for success and tackling today’s project focused environment requires a straightforward, down to earth approach. This two-day workshop provides practical, effective tools and proven processes that ensure your projects get off to a clear and solid start, ensuring they stay on track, and your deliverables are achieved on time and on budget.

If you are interested in these workshops, you may be able to use your professional development funding. Please visit the page for your employee group to learn more.

Call for input on search for new Vice-President, Human Resources

This week, UBC launched the search for a new Vice-President, Human Resources. The announcement included a call for input from faculty, staff, students and alumni on the following questions:

  • What do you see as some of the key opportunities and challenges ahead of the Human Resources portfolio in the coming years?
  • What experience and personal qualities would you want an ideal candidate to bring to this role?
  • Any other comments that might be useful to the committee?
  • Any suggestions of potential candidates for this role?

You are invited to submit comments by June 7, 2019, to the search firm Caldwell at drailton@caldwellpartners.com or acotterall@caldwellpartners.com. All responses will be kept confidential.

Read the full announcement at https://faculty-staff.ubc.ca/2019/05/29/search-for-a-new-vice-president-human-resources/.

IRP HR session June 4: Overview of Workday Security Roles

The next IRP HR Call-In session will be on June 4, 9:00-10:00 a.m., and will provide an overview of Workday Security Roles. Human resources practitioners at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses are invited to join.


  • Integrated Renewal Program (IRP) Update
  • HR Work Stream Update – what has the team been working on and what is planned for the next 30 days
  • Overview of Workday Security Roles


If you are interested in participating in the call, email integrated.renewal@ubc.ca to RSVP. A member from the IRP team will follow up with an event invite.

IRP HR Call-In Session Recordings

A recording of all previous IRP HR Call-In sessions are available on the IRP Website under HR/Payroll Workstream Resources.  To obtain the password to view the IRP HR Call-In session recordings, please email integrated.renewal@ubc.ca.

UBC Community Leadership Program applications due June 14

The UBC Community Leadership Program (CLP) is an innovative leadership development opportunity designed for emerging staff, faculty, and graduate student leaders to enhance their leadership, lead and develop a team, develop practical project management skills, and learn how to build community.

Applications for the 2019/20 Community Leadership Program are due Friday, June 14, 2019. Information for supervisors is available online at http://clp.ubc.ca/application-process/.

If you have questions about the program, please email Stephanie Thorpe, Leadership Programs Lead.

Reminder to register by June 12 for the Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge

If you’re looking for opportunities to bring team wellbeing activities into your workplace this summer, the 2019 Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge begins June 17.

This four-week program is open to all UBC staff and faculty in Vancouver and the Okanagan, no matter your level of motivation or ability. You can participate as an individual or register as a team. Weekly random prize draws, photo challenges and meet-up events will help give you the boost you need week-to-week.

Sign up by June 12 at 4:00 p.m. by visiting the Stair Challenge webpage

Congress: June 1-7

Congress 2019 takes place at the Vancouver campus next week. Running June 1-7, Congress is the largest interdisciplinary conference in Canada. There are a number of free events open to the UBC community. You are encouraged to visit https://www.congress2019.ca/calendar to see the full schedule, or check out some of the special programming:

Big Thinking lecture series

The free Big Thinking series is held each day throughout Congress. This year’s series will feature the arts as a platform to engage with scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. More information about the Big Thinking series can be found at https://www.congress2019.ca/program/big-thinking.

Performances, exhibitions and featured events/talks

From soundscapes and visual art to literary readings and musical performances, there will be plenty of free performances and exhibitions to attend during Congress. Featured Talks will see UBC faculty and speakers from around the world discuss key issues in the humanities and social sciences.  More information about University programming can be found at https://www.congress2019.ca/program/university.

HR memo: Changes to Minimum Wage in British Columbia Effective June 1, 2019 (May 16, 2019)

HR has issued a memo regarding the upcoming increase in the provincial minimum wage. Effective June 1, 2019, the new minimum wage will be $13.85/hour.

Please visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/memos/changes-to-minimum-wage-effective-june-1-2019-may-16-2019/ to read the full memo.

Staff salary scales will be updated on the Compensation website in advance of June 1.

New guidelines available for the use of preferred names for faculty and staff

As part of UBC’s commitment to create a welcoming, inclusive and nondiscriminatory environment, Human Resources and the Equity & Inclusion Office have created guidelines regarding the use of preferred names for faculty and staff.

Whether for professional, personal or privacy reasons, a number of faculty and staff use names other than their legal names to identify themselves at the university. For trans and non-binary faculty and staff who are protected on the grounds of gender identity and gender expression in BC Human Rights legislation, the use of preferred names can be especially important to ensure safety and privacy. Addressing a person’s preferred name and gender has been recognized by human rights tribunals as best practice for non-discrimination.

These new guidelines provide you with background on the importance of preferred names, their use at the university, and the few legal limitations of using preferred names. We encourage you to review the guidelines: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/administrators/managing-staff/hr-guidelines-preferred-names/.

Thank you for your support in helping to create a respectful and nondiscriminatory environment for our colleagues.