Focus on People Updates

Workplace Experiences Survey 2017: Results

The results are in! Together with our survey partner, TalentMap, Human Resources presented the survey results at open sessions in Vancouver (February 7) and the Okanagan (February 8).

The overall results for faculty and staff are available here (PDF). The report, as presented during the WES Results Open Sessions, includes:

  • About the Workplace Experiences Survey
  • Engagement & Survey Approach
  • Workplace Experiences Survey Trends
  • Overall Results Highlights
  • Faculty Engagement –Key Drivers
  • Staff Engagement –Key Drivers
  • Next Steps –Your Role

Download the overall WES highlights as a one-page infographic.

Before the end of February, all eligible units (those with ten or more survey respondents) will receive unit-level reports.

2018 UBC President’s Awards for Staff: Call for Nominations

We all know UBC staff who make outstanding contributions to the university community. We invite you to recognize them and their achievements by nominating them for the 2018 President’s Service Award for Excellence and President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver campus).

Download the nomination package at The nomination deadline is 4 pm, Friday, March 16, 2018.

President’s Service Awards for Excellence

This award is open to all UBC staff with 10 or more years of service. Up to five recipients are selected each year.

The awards are presented during Graduation ceremonies, and each recipient receives a medal and $5,000.

President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver campus)

Open to all staff at the Vancouver campus with three or more years of service, the President’s Staff Awards recognize contributions in the following categories:

  • Leadership
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Enhancing the UBC Experience (individuals or groups may be nominated)
  • Community Engagement
  • Emerging Leadership
  • Advancing Diversity and Inclusion (individuals or groups may be nominated)
  • Wellbeing (individuals or groups may be nominated) (new in 2018)

Up to 14 recipients are selected each year (two awards per category), and each recipient receives $2,000.

Note: UBC staff who work at remote sites such as the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, the Dairy Education and Research Centre, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, Robson Square, and hospital sites in the Vancouver Fraser, Northern, and Island medical programs are considered part of the Vancouver campus. UBC staff who are part of the Southern Medical Program are considered part of the Okanagan campus.

Staff Awards at the Okanagan campus

For information about Staff Awards at the Okanagan campus, visit the Okanagan Human Resources website.

Please visit for more information and to read past recipient profiles.

Thank You for Participating in the Workplace Experiences Survey

The Workplace Experiences Survey is the one opportunity that all faculty and staff have to directly share feedback on their experience of UBC as a workplace. The survey findings are used to better understand faculty and staff experiences, needs, and priorities, and to help shape strategic planning and initiatives at both UBC-wide and at the unit level.

The survey is now closed. If you have a paper survey, please insert your completed survey into the postage-paid envelope included in the survey package and drop it immediately into any Canada Post mailbox to be returned to TalentMap.

To learn more, please visit

Focus on People 2016-17 Benchmark Report

The 2016-17 Benchmark Report examines the employment data for UBC’s workforce, looking at insights and trends in areas that inform the outstanding work environment goals at UBC. Visit to read the full report.