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By Breeonne Baxter on May 2, 2019
The Rehearsing Conflict workshop series, June 13-20, 2019, is a free professional development opportunity for faculty and staff who want to explore and practice new strategies for difficult conversations, strengthen emotional intelligence, and increase resilience when conflict occurs in the workplace.
Using the situation and tools of theatre, participants will play out real stories of conflict from our community and apply new strategies to change outcomes. All UBC employees are welcome to apply.
Apply before May 29 at http://bit.ly/RehearsingConflict2019
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.