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)

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.

Daylight Saving Time Ends Nov. 5, 2017


Daylight Saving Time ends on Nov. 5, 2017 – clocks fall back one hour at 2:00 a.m. Sunday. Please encourage your staff to have a safe commute on Monday, Nov. 6.

Wireless Issues Following iOS 11 Update

Some users may be experiencing issues connecting to UBC’s wireless network after updating to iOS 11.

Please follow these steps to reconnect:

Forget the UBC wireless network you are trying to connect to.

  • Go to Settings > Wireless > find the network
  • Select the information icon on the right
  • Click “Forget This Network”

Connect to ubcvisitor. Using a browser, head to the following websites below to launch the Autoconnect utility for the network you are trying to connect to.

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