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*Deadline this week* All Building Operations Staff Must Complete COVID Training by Friday August 7th 

Preventing COVID-19 in the Workplace is a new course that details the initiatives that the University is undertaking to prevent COVID-19 infection in the workplace and outlines how you can contribute.   Please follow the link below to access the course via Workplace Learning:

Completing this course is mandatory for all UBC and Building Operations staff to completeAs of now, 82% of Building Operations staff have completed the course.

This course must be completed by all Building Operations staff by Friday August 7th

If you require help with registering for the course, please e-mail to receive a step-by-step how-to guide.  If you require assistance with booking a computer in our training room, please let your supervisor know as soon as possible so that we can arrange a workstation for you.

*Important – be sure you click “Sign in here” highlighted in yellow to take you to the Canvas sign-in page 

Making a difference and supporting the UBC community

COVID-19 may have changed every aspect of life as we know it—but it is also restoring our collective faith in humanity as stories emerge of people quietly lending a helping hand in their communities.

Among them are many UBC students, faculty, alumni and staff.

This series, called Making a difference, shines a spotlight on the many ways—both big and small—that UBC community members are helping with the response to COVID-19.

Read more about COVID-19 and the difference UBC is making in the community

Faculty and staff supporting the UBC community

(Original article from Santa Ono’s newsletter “Letter from Santa”) 

Canadian Mental Health Association: Building Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EI) – also known as EQ – is the capacity to identify, comprehend and manage one’s own emotions, and understand those of others. According to emotional intelligence expert, Daniel Goleman, there are five key elements that make up a person’s EI:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-regulation
  • Motivation
  • Empathy
  • Social skills

There are many benefits to having high EI, especially in a workplace setting. High EI has been associated with having better mental health, more satisfaction with social support at work, and greater perceived power at work. It is also associated with better interpersonal relationships, greater subjective well-being, and increased life satisfaction. 

There are many simple activities or exercises you can do to build your emotional intelligence. To find out more about EI and some exercises that you can try and incorporate into your daily, weekly, and monthly routines, check out the resource below.

CMHA Building Emotional Intelligence Activity Sheet

IUOE 115 Classification Agreement

The job re-classification review process for IUOE 115 employees has now concluded. The outcome of the agreement satisfies the commitments made by the university during the bargaining process and will now deliver a sensible and equitable compensation alignment throughout the Trades teams.

UBC ALERT: Be Notified During a UBC Emergency

UBC ALERT is an important part of maintaining safety and security during an emergency. Make sure we have your number.

In the event of an emergency on campus, UBC ALERT sends text messages to your cell phone coordinated with messages on UBC’s main website, Twitter, and digital signs across campus.

For more information about UBC Alert, visit Safety and Risk Services’ website at does UBC Alert do? 


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