Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Provide Input Into Enriching Professional Development for Faculty, Staff, and Post-doctoral Fellows

Do you provide learning and professional development programs and/or services for faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows? Human Resource Services is seeking your input on how the University can enrich learning and professional development for these groups.

January 2018 Information Session Materials

HRS hosted an online information session in mid-January for HR practitioners on campus. Thank you to everyone who attended and gave feedback on the session. We recorded the session for those who weren't able to attend and have compiled answers to questions that came up during the session.

Mental Health Information for January 31, 2018

  • In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental health or addiction problem¹
  • By the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, 1 in 2 have – or have had – a mental illness.¹ 
  • Only half (49%) of those who have suffered from depression or anxiety have never gone to see a doctor about the problem.²
  • Only 57% of adult Canadians report a high capacity to cope with unexpected and difficult problems and day to day demands.³
  • Canadians ages 40-59 had the highest rates of death by suicide ⁴
Mental health deserves the same care and dedication in maintaining health as does physical health. Mental illness can be managed and treated effectively. While a number of services and programs are available to faculty and staff, stigma remains a significant barrier in accessing services and recognizing warning signs in not only others but also ourselves. Awareness is paramount in ensuring people access supports and services and get necessary treatment.

All staff and faculty at the have access to mental health services through the University’s Employee and Family Assistance Program. The program can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 780.428.7587. Additional information can be found online. The University also offers a number of training sessions for staff and faculty to assist in reducing the stigma often associated with mental health but to also help identify signs of a possible concern. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) are offered several times throughout the calendar year. Additional information on those workshops as well as those offered for staff and faculty by the Dean of Students office can be found online.

Monday, 22 January 2018

EHS Supervisory Training: Inspections

Environment, Health & Safety's (EHS) Professional Development program for supervisors offers practical strategies to support a safe, healthy, and environmentally responsible workplace. EHS has released the second module of the program, which focuses on inspections.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Spring 2018 Supervisory Leadership Program

Organizational Health and Effectiveness delivers a high impact Supervisory Development Program designed specifically for supervisors within the U of A context. This nine full-day transformational program engages learners in interactive, experiential workshop sessions that feature relevant U of A workplace case studies, planning exercises, self-assessments, and tools to apply directly to the workplace.

Tips for Approving Employee Self Entry of Time

Here are clarifications for time approvers, including how to address an incorrect submission, the necessity of approving changes to the time entry line, and how to approve the premium portion of banked time.

EHS Supervisory Training: Hazard Management

Environment, Health & Safety's (EHS) Professional Development program for supervisors offers practical strategies to support a safe, healthy, and environmentally responsible workplace. EHS has released the second module of the program, which focuses on hazard management.

Benefits Fraud: What You Need to Know

Improper use of the benefits plan can turn employees into victims or offenders of fraud. To ensure staff understand the impacts fraud can have to their benefits plan and their employment, we’ve created a webpage called Benefits Fraud: What You Need To Know, which outlines our policy on fraud and what to do if you suspect fraud has occurred.

Refresh of Leave Accruals

As a follow up to the mass approval of outstanding time transactions for salaried support staff, please note the annual leave accruals for eligible support staff are currently being refreshed. Should there be a delay in reporting an employee's 2017 absence, please ensure the prior year Time Reporting Code (TRC) is used when applicable. The Vacation TRC remains unaffected, regardless of the previous year absence.

Submit Your Nomination for the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Awards


The EDI Awards will showcase the faculty, staff and students who are leading initiatives to ensure the U of A's working, learning, and living environments are welcoming and respectful. the nomination deadline is February 2, 2018. The Awards Committee encourages nominations on a wide range of EDI topics.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

2018 Summer Student Employment Programs

The Government of Canada and Alberta provide wage subsidy programs for employers in order to support the creation of temporary summer job for full-time students. The expectation is that the temporary jobs will benefit students financially, provide meaningful career related experience, increase skills and workplace insight and help prepare students for the future.

Placing Canada Job Bank Advertisements

If a department would like to place an advertisement on the Canada Job Bank, the University of Alberta employer account must be used. You can be added to the employer account by first creating an individual account with the Job Bank.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Annual Academic Child Care Benefit Application

Eligible academic staff members can apply for reimbursement of child care expenses incurred during the previous calendar year. Visit the Academic Child Care Benefit webpage to access the on-line application form and eligibility guidelines. All applications must be submitted by February 28, 2018 11:59 pm. Please contact benefits@ualberta.ca with any questions.