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By Breeonne Baxter on September 6, 2018
As part of your role as a manager/administrator at UBC, there is a lot you can do to support your staff with their career and professional development goals. As we launch into the new academic year, here are some resources you can share with staff and faculty in your department to help them plan their professional development for the year.
UBC is committed to providing staff and faculty with improved access to professional development opportunities through access to professional development funds. Please select your employee group to learn more about the funds available to you.
Human Resources holds several professional development workshops throughout the year, available to staff and faculty. Eligible staff and faculty can apply to use their PD funding for these workshops. Visit our catalog to see a full listing of upcoming events.
Lynda.com offers an online collection of self-guided instructional videos designed to provide staff and faculty with just-in-time resources to assist in a variety of areas, including updating software skills, learning new technology tools, and enhancing workplace business practices.
UBC provides faculty and staff with free and unlimited access to lynda.com’s learning resources. To start using lynda.com, visit http://lynda.ubc.ca and sign in with your CWL.
You can also check out our bi-weekly Learning with Lynda series in HR Network News.
The Coaching at UBC program offers free one-on-one professional coaching services for staff and faculty. Coaching is a great way to explore topics of interest to you, and to start to map out a plan for your own professional development.
Our career navigation consultant offers support to staff who wish to enhance their professional experience by exploring and using the many opportunities for growth within UBC. Interested staff can visit our career navigation services page to learn more.
We are holding a three-part workshop series this fall, starting Nov. 14, on Building Career Resilience in Change.
Staff in most employee groups have access to UBC tuition waivers for credit courses, and for non-credit courses at UBC Extended Learning (as well as select Sauder School of Business Continuing Business Studies courses). Please visit the tuition waiver page for your employment group to learn full details:
By Breeonne Baxter on June 14, 2018
If you’re planning ahead for your professional development, or want to have some suggestions for professional development opportunities to share with your staff, we have some new workshops coming to UBC’s Vancouver campus this fall:
By Breeonne Baxter on June 14, 2018
UBC Health Promotions is bringing back the three-part Learn to Meditate course this summer. These sessions, designed for the working environment, are for those both new and experienced in the world of mindfulness meditation. Participants will learn to cultivate personal resilience, discover techniques to reduce and manage stress and gain confidence to practice meditation and mindfulness.
By Melissa Baluk on May 31, 2018
You have 20 seconds to hook your audience. You have 2 minutes to hold them. Learn how to do just that in this fast-moving, interactive, practical learning experience on July 4, 2018.
Designed for both new and experienced presenters, this workshop is for anyone who wants to learn to deliver a forceful presentation that will educate, motivate and persuade their audience.
You will gain strategies, tools and practice:
For more information and to register, visit the HR Catalog.
By Melissa Baluk on May 17, 2018
Miranda Massie (Health Promotions) is holding a preview of her new training session, “The Working Mind”, on June 20 and invites anyone in HR who is interested to attend. The session will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at TEF III (Room 610) and only 25 spaces are available. Please email her by May 31 to save your spot.
The Working Mind is a Mental Health Commission of Canada, evidence-based workplace training program aimed at increasing mental health literacy for both supervisors/managers and employees. In advance of rolling out this program to the campus community, all HR staff are invited to preview the training to ensure that it aligns with current UBC policies and procedures.
The manager/supervisor version of the training includes information related to duty to enquire, accommodations, return to work, along with the other program elements.
Please note: Miranda will be presenting the manager/supervisor version on June 20, but all HR staff are welcome to attend. Read on for more info about the program, including details about the employee and manager/supervisor course content.
To register, please email Miranda Massie.
• To reduce stigma and negative attitudes towards those struggling with poor mental health
• To provide learners with a broad understanding of mental health and wellness
• Help participants maintain mental health and improve resilience
• To promote mental health and wellness in the workplace
• To provide managers with the confidence, tools and resources to manage and support employees who may be experiencing mental health problems or illness
To give employees/managers the practical knowledge of mental health and mental illness so they can:
• Use the mental health continuum to recognize changes in their mental health and that of others
• Be prepared to use skills to improve their coping and resiliency
• Reduce both public and self-stigma
• Be willing to be a part of a supportive workplace
• A focus on dispelling the myths of mental health problems and mental illnesses, aiming to reduce associated stigma
• An overview of the Mental Health Continuum Model
• Self-assessment of one’s own mental health along the continuum
• Strategies one can apply at each point along the continuum
• Workplace accommodations and return to work
• How to observe changes in employees along the continuum
• Appropriate actions to take
• How to communicate with employees about mental health illness in a workplace context
Questions? Ask Miranda Massie.
By Breeonne Baxter on March 22, 2018
We have an upcoming half-day workshop on April 16 – Focus on Feedback: A Leadership Advantage. More and more, in today’s complex organizations, leaders are being asked to give feedback for improvement and positive feedback to individuals and teams, as part of their daily leadership practice.
Date: April 16 , 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610
You may be able to use your professional development funding towards this course. Note that PD funding for staff employee groups will refresh on April 1, 2018. Please visit the PD funding page for your employee group to learn more. Contact email@example.com with questions.
By Chelsey Maher on March 3, 2016
Please share this information with your staff.
There is still space available in the next Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan workshop on Monday, March 7, from 9:30 to 11:30 am.
Both potential members and current members who are under age 50 are welcome. If you are already a member, this workshop will answer any questions you may have about your pension benefits. If you are considering becoming a member, this workshop will provide you with the information you need to make your decision. Click here for more information or to register.
By Breeonne Baxter on September 11, 2014
For the HR Community of Practice
An important goal of UBC’s Equity and Inclusion Office is to heighten campus awareness and understanding of issues of discrimination, harassment, equity, diversity and human rights, and of the University’s policies on Employment Equity (Policy #2) and Discrimination and Harassment (Policy #3).
Here are a few ways that your unit can become involved and contribute to a respectful and inclusive environment at UBC.
Equity and Inclusion Office Educators at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses offer standard and custom workshops for students, staff and faculty, representatives from unions, employee associations, departmental equity committees, and the wider community.
Workshops are typically two to three hours in length and include a mixture of lecture and interactive techniques such as question and answer periods, case studies, and discussion. Presentations are typically two hours in length and cover a variety of human rights and equity-related topics such as discrimination and harassment, sexual harassment, diversity, anti-racism, anti-heterosexism, anti-bullying, accommodation under human rights law, and employment and educational equity.
Standard and customized presentations and workshops include:
The Positive Space Campaign is an initiative intended to help make UBC more receptive to and welcoming of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* (transgender, transsexual, trans-identified), two-spirit, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBT*TQIA+) communities and individuals, and to issues of sexual and gender diversity on campus. The campaign aims to foster a welcoming atmosphere and inclusive, respectful dialogue on campus for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities by identifying spaces where sexual and gender diversity is supported and valued.
Positive Space workshops are 3.5 hours long and include conversation about historical and current language (terms); lived-experiential scenarios; and resource person/ally roles.
UBC faculty, staff or students who are experiencing any difficulties related to a human rights conflict at UBC can contact the Equity and Inclusion office at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive confidential advice and support. If you are searching for information or support for other concerns, the staff in the Equity and Inclusion office can refer you to the appropriate campus service.