What are some of the challenges you faced when implementing policies around workplace wellness?
Working in a large, complex, constantly evolving, multi-site organization creates many challenges and opportunities. Each area of the university has its own unique micro culture and systems and as a result, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. What may work well for one department or unit may not necessarily work as well for another.
What is your favourite workplace wellness initiative or campaign?
UBC Thrive is an annual, week-long, multi-campus series of events focused on helping everyone at UBC build their mental health literacy. Thrive is one important component of UBC’s efforts to engage students, staff and faculty in thoughtful reflection, dialogue and actions that support our mental health. Now in its ninth year, the impact of Thrive continues to increase at UBC and beyond. As a partner in Thrive since its inception, HR is proud to share that in 2017:
- Over 70,000 members of the UBC community were reached through in-person and online events, programming and outreach (an increase from 62,000 in 2016)
- Over 1,000 faculty and instructors participated
- 11 other Canadian post-secondary institutions have adopted Thrive and host it annually
- 82 campus partners (including units, departments and faculties) contributed to Thrive efforts
As part of Thrive in 2017, UBC Vancouver participated in Not Myself Today (NMT) for the third consecutive year. This national campaign focuses on stigma reduction, increasing mental health literacy and fostering safe, open and supportive workplaces. Interest in NMT has only increased since its inception at UBC: in 2017, 16 departments and units hosted NMT locally (up from 12 departments the previous year), with approximately 1,659 staff, faculty and post-doctoral participating (up from 985 participants last year). We are proud to report that 90% of participating respondents indicated that NMT helped to create a work environment that is more supportive of mental health.