PD Opportunity: Appreciative Inquiry: A Way to Generate and Nurture Effective Work Environments: Oct. 12

HR is hosting a one-day workshop on Appreciative Inquiry: A Way to Generate and Nurture Effective Work Environments, on Oct. 12, 2018.

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

Audience

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
Oct. 12, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $300
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.

Back to school safety

The fall semester has begun, and with the return of fall we will be seeing earlier sunsets and rainy weather. Please share this information with your employees, especially those who work outside of standard office hours.

UBC’s safety resources

  • You might want to use AMS Safewalk (604-822-5355) to request accompaniment while walking on campus after dark. Safewalk can be used by faculty and staff as well as students.
  • Use the Community Shuttles on campus.
  • Know the location of the UBC Blue Phones. They connect directly to Campus Security.
  • Know your location on campus and be able to describe where you are if you need to call for help.
  • When entering or exiting a locked/secured building, ensure that the door is secured before proceeding.
  • In the event of an emergency, call 911. If you see suspicious circumstances, call Campus Security at 604-822-2222.

Learn more at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/wellbeing-benefits/workplace-health/personal-safety-on-campus/.

Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan: Fall dates open for registration

We have several upcoming Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan information session for members of the Staff Pension Plan. If you or your staff are interested in attending, please register soon as these sessions fill up quickly.

Upcoming dates

  • Sept. 27, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Oct. 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Nov. 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Nov. 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Learn more and register at http://staff.pensions.ubc.ca/news/workshops/.

PD workshop: Selection Interviewing: Ensuring Equity: Oct. 16, 2018

HR is hosting a one-day workshop focusing on Selection Interviewing: Ensuring Equity, on Oct. 16, 2018. This workshop is designed for managers and administrators who currently have responsibility for the hiring and selection of staff. The cost of this workshop is $25 (includes refreshments and a light lunch).

About the workshop

The interview is a vital step in the hiring process, so you want it to be as effective as possible. This workshop will focus on the essential skills of behavioural interviewing so that you can more effectively get to know your candidates and find the best fit for your team.

Through group exercises, discussions and role-play within this workshop, participants will:

  1. Develop questions and practice behavioural interviewing skills
  2. Develop tools to select the best candidate for the position
  3. Understand basic concepts of human rights, employment equity, and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation

Participants will also review current Human Rights and Employment Equity legislation and discuss the objectives of UBC’s policy on employment equity.

Course information

Date: Oct. 16, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610
Cost: $25
Register online

Spaces left in Building Resilient Teams: Sept. 24, 2018

We have a few spaces left in our Sept. 24, session on Building Resilient Teams. Register ASAP to learn about your conflict management style, and how to support your teams.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the five dysfunctions that can challenge a team’s performance and culture
  • Identify strategies to build a high performing team
  • Recognize your preferred conflict management style as a leader
  • Explore and practice tools to manage conflict effectively
  • Create an action plan to apply what you have learned to your workplace

Course information

Date: Sept. 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610
Cost: $200
Register online

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

PD Opportunity: Building Resilient Teams: Sept. 24, 2018

Human Resources is hosting a half-day professional development workshop on Building Resilient Teams on Sept. 24, 2018. This session is designed for formal and informal leaders who want to learn about their own conflict management style, and how to support their teams.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the five dysfunctions that can challenge a team’s performance and culture
  • Identify strategies to build a high performing team
  • Recognize your preferred conflict management style as a leader
  • Explore and practice tools to manage conflict effectively
  • Create an action plan to apply what you have learned to your workplace

Course Information

Date: Sept. 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610
Cost: $200
Register online

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

2018 President’s Awards for Staff Recipients

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the President’s Service Awards for Excellence and the President’s Staff Awards, presented by the university annually to recognize staff members who demonstrate outstanding achievement and excellence within the UBC community.

President’s Service Awards for Excellence

The President’s Service Award for Excellence is presented each year to up to five outstanding staff members who have made outstanding contributions to the university, and who excel in their personal achievements.

This year’s President’s Service Awards for Excellence recipients are:

  • Andrew Arida, Associate Registrar & Director, Student Recruitment & Undergraduate Admissions, Enrolment Services
  • Enid Ho, Administrative Assistant, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program
  • Chiara Longhi, Director, Student Services, Faculty of Forestry
  • Lynne Murchie, Associate Director, UBC Sauder Co-op Program
  • Charles Shi, International Student Advisor RCIC, International Student Development

President’s Staff Awards

The President’s Staff Awards at the Vancouver campus recognize the personal achievements and contributions that staff make to UBC, and to the vision and goals of the university.

This year’s President’s Staff Awards recipients are:

Leadership

  • Kari Marken, Educational Strategist, First Year Experience, Centre for Student Involvement & Careers
  • Ido Roll, Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation, Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology
  • David Speight, Executive Chef & Culinary Director, UBC Food Services

Emerging Leadership

  • Winnie Cheung, Lab Manager, Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research Centre

Enhancing the UBC Experience

Creativity & Innovation

  • Sam Fenn and Gordon Katic, Media Producers, Department of Political Science | Michael Smith Laboratories
  • Grace Wong, Senior International Advisor, Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic

Community Engagement

  • Dylan Brown, Program Director, UBC Active Kids, School of Kinesiology
  • Lindsay Marsh, Program and Communications Manager, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

Advancing Diversity & Inclusion

  • Alyssa Reyes, Intramural Events Coordinator, Athletics & Recreation

Wellbeing