Fall 2022 Learning & Development Series

Welcome back to campus everyone — we’ve missed you! We are pleased to offer you some great learning and development opportunities this fall semester.

Building & Sustaining Workplace Mental Health and Performance Beyond the Great Re-Set
Join Lori Schmidt, Debbie Pearmain, Victoria Grainger and Tyler Hoffman as they share workplace mental health predictions and practical tips, tools and solutions to create a sustainable plan to support employee mental health, wellbeing and organizational performance. Learn:

  • Workplace mental health predictions for the echo pandemic
  • How to align and evaluate employee mental health and workplace goals
  • Practical tips, tricks and tools to sustainably support a culture of mental health and performance from experts in workplace mental health, employee engagement, productivity, benefits and workplace performance

Date and Location:  Thursday, September 22, 2022 on Zoom
Time:  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Facilitator:  Wellness Works
Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAldeyhrzwjE9JdNI9BapfvhtHnb9pgCch2


Working in Today’s Multi-Generational Workforce
In this 90-minute workshop we discuss the 5 generations now in the workplace and how to effectively communicate with each generation.

Date & Location:  September 28, 2022 on Zoom
Time:  12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Facilitator:  Geoff Frost & Associates
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/working-in-todays-multi-generational-workforce-tickets-369204760377


Effective Communication
During this session, participants will learn about their own communication style and preferences, recognize barriers to effective communication, and develop an appreciation for the basic styles of communication. Participants have the opportunity to develop active listening skills and learn different communication models to improve everyday communications.

Date & Location:  September 29, 2022 on Zoom
Time:  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm       
Facilitator:  Glenda Johnston
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/effective-communication-tickets-384281655777


Building Trust Across Cultures
Trusting relationships are at the foundation of inclusivity. In professional settings, the actions and experiences that establish trust can differ across individuals and cultures.

In this workshop, we will:

  • discuss why taking time for trust building is vital in multicultural interactions and teams.
  • define different orientations to trust-building and locate our own orientation.
  • learn about the role of empathy and cultural humility in trust building.
  • explore strategies for shifting our approach trust-building in work with colleagues and students.

This will be an interactive workshop – be prepared for reflection and application activities. If you have questions or specific scenarios you would like to discuss, please contact Victoria Surtees: Victoria.surtees@ufv.ca

Eager to read ahead?  Check out these two resources to start reflecting on what trust means to you in the context of communication across cultures.

Date & Location: October 4, 2022 in room A203B on the Abbotsford Campus
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 pm
Facilitator: Victoria Surtees, Teaching & Learning specialist, Internationalization
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-trust-across-cultures-tickets-384264253727


Equity, Diversity, Inclusion 101  3-Part Series

Date & Location:  October 6, 13 and 20, 2022 in room A225 on the Abbotsford Campus
Time:  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Facilitator:  Sundeep Hans, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UFV
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/equity-diversity-inclusion-101-3-part-series-tickets-384266259727


Adobe Pro
Now that Adobe Acrobat Pro has been made available to UFV Employees, you may have some questions on what you can do with it. Join us for a workshop that will cover creating forms and editing pdfs. We will also go over certificate-based signatures, filling and signing forms and collecting signatures from others. Please contact the instructor at Courtney.boisvert@ufv.ca by October 4th if you have any specific topics you’d like to learn more about.

Date & Location:  October 6, 2022 on Online
Time:  12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Facilitator:  Courtney Boisvert
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adobe-pro-tickets-403773115257


This Webinar is as lively and interactive as you can be on Zoom!  We provide participants with practical knowledge about how to set themselves up correctly in their own workspace and how to work safely. The focus is how to set up your desk, chair, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and other equipment correctly. We will also cover safe ergonomic behaviors, best practices, and highlight the importance of regular interrupt exercises to establish a habit of creating movement for Office workers.  We will lead the group through a series of interrupt stretches they can perform throughout the course of their workday, without needing to stray too far from their desk.

Date & Location: October 12, 2022 on Zoom
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Facilitator: MoveSafe
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ergonomics-tickets-369203647047


Presentation Skills
This course will provide and demonstrate key strategies for preparing and delivering effective presentations.

Date & Location:  October 13, 2022 in room A203B, Abbotsford Campus
Time:  9:00 am – 11:00 am
Facilitator:  Monika Affleck
Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/presentation-skills-tickets-381915438357


Stress Busters I
When stressors overwhelm us, we need effective techniques to bring us back to equilibrium. This session explores all aspects of the stress response, focusing on practical tips and tools to bring us to optimal stress levels, thereby helping us to maximize our energy and performance.

Date & Location:  October 17, 2022 on Zoom
Time:  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Facilitator:  Ronaye Coulson, Homewood Health
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stress-busters-i-tickets-368655016077


Advanced Excel
Learn advanced skills in Microsoft Excel through Blackboard Collaborate. Topics may include financial functions, table creating and manipulation, PivotTables and PivotCharts, custom formatting, and consolidating data.

Date & Location:  October 18, 2022 Online
Time:  12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Facilitator:  Cristina Philips
Register:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advanced-excel-tickets-381913673077


Authentic Communication
Unfortunately, human nature is typically to avoid “speaking one’s truth” when it has the potential to spark open conflict. The inevitable result is misunderstanding, gossip, tension, anger, and in more extreme cases, a breakdown of the team. In contrast, environments that are open and honest yet caring are far more likely to create the conditions for individuals, teams, and organizations to thrive.

This workshop focuses on how to express oneself in an authentic way, while maintaining psychological safety for both parties, with a view to building trusting relationships.

Date & Location:  October 20, 2022 in room B121 on the Abbotsford Campus
Time:  9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Facilitator: Kwela Leadership
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/authentic-communication-tickets-368664023017


Minute Taking
This workshop provides introductory minute-taking skills in a digital environment. Participants will learn the steps in the minute-taking process including agenda, pre-meeting minutes, and minute template skills. The workshop will also focus on iCompass, an agenda and meeting management software.

Date & Location: October 21, 2022 Online
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Facilitator: Lisa McMartin
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/minute-taking-tickets-381909159577


Feedback and Coaching for Improved Performance
Maximizing employee performance depends on the effective utilization of leadership skills, and a targeted approach to individual employee development. This workshop provides guidance on how leaders can maximize their credibility and influence, deliver meaningful feedback, and work directly with their employees to maximize performance.

Date & Location: October 25, 2022 in room A225 on the Abbotsford Campus
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Facilitator: Zoe Strazza
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/feedback-and-coaching-for-improved-performance-tickets-369207378207


Mental Health at Work: Awareness
This workshop helps employees gain understanding and build comfort in talking about mental health and mental illnesses. Participants learn how to support co-workers who may be experiencing poor mental health. In the 2-hour workshop, participants gain more knowledge and explore practical ways to develop their mental resiliency.

Date & Location: October 26, 2022 in room A225 on the Abbotsford Campus
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Facilitator: Lucette Wesley, Canadian Mental Health Association
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-at-work-awareness-tickets-369202664107


Social Media Basics
This two-hour workshop will provide an overview of the social media landscape and an in-depth look at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn for both individuals and brands. Learn how to build a following, engage with your audience and, above all, why content is king. Learn about how social media fits into UFV’s strategic marketing and communications goals and learn from a few brands that are winning the social media game.

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with each other during pop social media trivia as well as test what they have learned by creating social media content on the fly.

Date & Location: October 26, 2022 online
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Facilitator: Breanna Willock
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-media-basics-tickets-381888578017


Change Matters
Using the current changes taking place as a backdrop, participants will learn about the context and
drivers of change, explore their natural response to change, as well as identify strategies to successfully
navigate transition.

  • Understand the context and drivers of change.
  • Explore the Karrin Curve
  • Understand change vs transition.
  • Explore your natural response to change, building on your Insights Discovery awareness.
  • Understand our preferences for change and the Colourful Responses to change
  • Identify what you need to successfully navigate change.

Date & Location: October 27, 2022 on Zoom
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Facilitator: Glenda Johnston
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/change-matters-tickets-384282197397


Transitioning to MS Office 365: Word, Excel, Outlook
UFV has transitioned to MS Office 365, providing employees with access to additional MS programs and services. While there aren’t many major changes within the programs, this course will highlight differences and how to navigate this new system. We will discuss Excel, Word and Outlook.

Date & Location: November 1, 2022 online
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Facilitator: Fariba Jafary
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transitioning-to-ms-office-365-word-excel-outlook-tickets-381914325027


The Importance of Cognitive Diversity
Unlike demographic diversity, which focuses on achieving a combination of different characteristics in its workforce, such as gender and age, cognitive diversity focuses on having a variety of thinking styles and perspectives. During this 90 minute highly interactive inter-active workshop, we will explore our own social styles as they relate to cognitive diversity, including an exercise, break-out group, and video. An informal assessment of social styles will be made available ahead of time to each participant along with a description of social styles. Please come prepared for a lively discussion on this subject.

Date & Location: November 3, 2022 on Zoom
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Facilitator: Geoff Frost & Associates
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-importance-of-cognitive-diversity-tickets-369205683137


Building Working Relations
Every time we interact with someone, we have an opportunity to build or damage the relationship we have with them. Improving the quality of relationships in the workplace can enhance productivity and reduce conflict. This session invites participants to be aware of three key “tools” we can use to build relationships, reflect on how to use these tools effectively, and develop strategies to address relationship challenges.

Date & Location: November 7, 2022 on Zoom
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Facilitator: Ronaye Coulson, Homewood Health
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-working-relations-tickets-368662839477


MS One Note

Date & Location: November 9, 2022 online
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Facilitator: Cristina Philips
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/onenote-tickets-381917514567


Managing Your Time
This session will provide participants with some useful tools to increase their productivity and strategic use of time. Everyone is busy however, not everyone is ‘productivity’ busy. Most of us know we need to organize our time more effectively. The challenge is to find a practical way to do that. Time is our most valuable resource. We all have good and bad time management habits that need to be reinforced or modified. Small adjustments can lead to huge benefits. Unfortunately, there are many time wasters and lower priority activities that pull us away from our primary activities.

  • Five ‘universal truths’ about time management
  • Seven deadly time wasters
  • Four colourful views of time management
  • Four important steps that can help prioritize
  • Ways to deal with the ever-present 80/20 rule

Date & Location: November 24, 2022 on Zoom
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Facilitator: Glenda Johnston
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/managing-your-time-tickets-384282929587