York launched our first employee LMS, YU Learn, on September 15, 2021!

Visit YU Learn to locate elective courses offered by Talent Acquisition & Development (TAD), HR

  • Other employee learning opportunities will be posted here until the learning providers move to YU Learn
  • We will update this note as other learning providers move to YU Learn

For a full overview of learning opportunities, including specialized programs and series, visit Employee Learning, Development and Career Navigation on yu link.

May
14
Thu
Virtual U Series: Top Tips for Great Remote Service Delivery [SDRSDT]
May 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Audience: The session is open to all York employees.

Overview

While the circumstances in which we work have changed, the need to create a culture of service excellence remains.

Join this session to:

  • Learn about emerging and established practices for remote service delivery;
  • Share and get feedback on new or experimental ways of improving service interactions online; and,
  • Gain practical techniques to create better virtual service experiences.

Before you go, what tools, tips and strategies are you using to ensure great remote service delivery to students, colleagues, and other York community members? Let us know in this form so we can share and discuss your ideas during the lunch and learn.

Guest Speakers:

David Ip Yam is a higher education professional and leadership educator. At York he serves as Project Director, Student Service Excellence with the Division of Students. Timely fact: His favourite purchase during the pandemic was a laptop stand. Good bye neck pain!

Amanda Sartori is the Project Coordinator for Student Advising and Service Excellence. Amanda comes to this role with background in building student experience and leadership development programs. Timely fact: Amanda recently dug up her flute and is now learning to play pieces from Adele and the Harry Potter soundtrack.

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May
22
Fri
Virtual U Series: Virtual Boundaries – The Personal is the Professional? [SSVBPP]
May 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Audience: The session is open to all York CPM employees and managers.

Overview of the Talk

As organizations navigate the exciting opportunities associated with virtual work, managers face the challenge of swiftly navigating the new realities of managing relationships with their employees and within their teams remotely.

This session contemplates the new work-life balancing act and offers managers tools to identify and remove barriers to momentum and connection while recognizing likely intersections between the personal and the professional.

Guest Speaker

Jennifer Sipos, PhD(c) is a member of York's HR leadership team where she serves as the Director of Talent Acquisition and Development. A seasoned public speaker and former professor of leadership, communication and writing, Jennifer's specialty includes working with emerging and established leaders to help them address the most critical issue facing the workplace today: engaging meaningfully with clients, colleagues and stakeholders across multiple boundaries; virtual, geographic and generational. Together, they work towards the ultimate goal of creating personal and organizational connection and success amidst unprecedented change.

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May
29
Fri
Virtual U Series: Creating a Powerful Virtual Team Culture [SSPVTC]
May 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Audience: This session is open to all York CPM employees and managers.

Overview

What is the culture of your team? How do you sustain your team culture when your team doesn’t share the same space? Culture is not only how we do things at work, but also, why we do things in a certain way and how we adapt and solve problems. 

Come to our session and learn how culture develops over time; what may hinder your team, and how to help your team to better adapt to the current challenges. 

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Jun
29
Mon
Manager Onboarding: Leaves and Disability Support Management @ York (OBMAMY)
Jun 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Audience: The session is open to all newly hired and existing York non-academic CPM managers/HRBPs only.

Overview

This session will provide managers with an overview of managing and supporting employee leaves, absences, accommodation, illnesses and injuries at York.

As a result of attending this session, you will be able to do the following:

  • identify and list the goals and objectives of the Attendance Management Program (AMP) and the Disability Support Program (DSP) at York;
  • understand the processes at York University around employee sick leaves, accommodation and workplace injuries;
  • identify your role and responsibilities in assisting your employees to record, improve and manage their attendance; and
  • discuss key areas of concern and opportunities related to supporting time and attendance at York.

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Sep
22
Tue
Boosting Your Positive Outlook
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

To foster a healthy and safe workplace and promote employee well-being, Health, Safety and Employee Well-Being (HSEWB) is offering 10 webinars, which are now open for registration. These webinars are live hosted by qualified facilitators and arranged through our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). The webinar format is intended to maximize the ability for anyone interested to participate, right from your own computer.

Please register on Machform. As there is a maximum of 30 participants per session, registration will be confirmed first come first served.

Boosting Your Positive Outlook
Overview
Consistently focusing on the negative side of an issue can greatly contribute to stress. When thinking this way, physical changes take place in the body’s chemistry increasing stress levels and affecting performance and well-being. This seminar will help participants understand the ways in which this seemingly automatic negative thinking occurs, recognize its typical manifestations, and develop a process for tackling negative thoughts effectively.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to do the following:
- Define the term stress whirlpool.
- Understand how negative thoughts work and impact the body.
- Develop a strategy for combating negative thoughts and increasing their positive outlook.

Oct
6
Tue
Working Mobile
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

To foster a healthy and safe workplace and promote employee well-being, Health, Safety and Employee Well-Being (HSEWB) is offering 10 webinars, which are now open for registration. These webinars are live hosted by qualified facilitators and arranged through our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). The webinar format is intended to maximize the ability for anyone interested to participate, right from your own computer.

Please register on Machform. As there is a maximum of 30 participants per session, registration will be confirmed first come first served.

Working Mobile
Overview
Advances in technology have redefined the concept of the workplace. Today, it’s possible to not only work from a home office but also from a plane, train, hotel room, client’s office, and even from the corner coffee shop. While there is now greater flexibility around when, where, and how you can work, this increased availability also produces unique issues that need to be addressed. In this seminar, participants will focus on recent workplace trends and discuss the benefits and challenges of working remotely.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to do the following:
- Set boundaries between their work and personal lives.
- Understand how to manage themselves when working remotely.
- Develop effective communication strategies for virtual teaming and networking.

Oct
27
Tue
The Art of Managing Conflict
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

To foster a healthy and safe workplace and promote employee well-being, Health, Safety and Employee Well-Being (HSEWB) is offering 10 webinars, which are now open for registration. These webinars are live hosted by qualified facilitators and arranged through our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). The webinar format is intended to maximize the ability for anyone interested to participate, right from your own computer.

Please register on Machform. As there is a maximum of 30 participants per session, registration will be confirmed first come first served.

The Art of Managing Conflict
Overview
Conflict is a common part of life, a natural result of people having different points of view, values, and beliefs. When left unaddressed, workplace conflict can lead to increased absenteeism and reduced productivity. When well-managed, conflict can enhance your relationships, deepen your understanding of yourself and others, and stimulate change and growth. This seminar will provide participants with a framework for assessing the types of conflict common in the workplace and propose strategies for their resolution.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to do the following:
- Recognize the nature and impact of conflict.
- Understand the effects of unresolved conflict.
- Apply practical strategies for resolving conflict.

Nov
11
Wed
Stress Relaxation Techniques
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

To foster a healthy and safe workplace and promote employee well-being, Health, Safety and Employee Well-Being (HSEWB) is offering 10 webinars, which are now open for registration. These webinars are live hosted by qualified facilitators and arranged through our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). The webinar format is intended to maximize the ability for anyone interested to participate, right from your own computer.

Please register on Machform. As there is a maximum of 30 participants per session, registration will be confirmed first come first served.

Stress Relaxation Techniques
Overview
Our minds and bodies need rest and recovery breaks to allow us to relax and reduce the effects of stress. While everyone has days that are hectic and unfocused, consistently feeling stressed out, rushed, or on the go can have a detrimental impact on a person, increasing their risk of experiencing a serious physical concern, such as heart disease or stroke. This seminar will show participants how to make time to calm down and reduce stress, using both proactive and reactive relaxation techniques.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to do the following:
- Understand the stress response and how it works.
- Discuss the importance of managing stress for optimal health.
- Practice stress reducing exercises.

Nov
24
Tue
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

To foster a healthy and safe workplace and promote employee well-being, Health, Safety and Employee Well-Being (HSEWB) is offering 10 webinars, which are now open for registration. These webinars are live hosted by qualified facilitators and arranged through our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). The webinar format is intended to maximize the ability for anyone interested to participate, right from your own computer.

Please register on Machform. As there is a maximum of 30 participants per session, registration will be confirmed first come first served.

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
Overview
In the workplace, unresolved conflict can negatively impact the individuals involved, other team members, and the organization as a whole by affecting productivity and morale. The approach you take to managing conflict determines whether stress or opportunities for growth will be created. This seminar will examine various types of conflict and provide participants with a model for successfully resolving conflict at work.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to do the following:
- Define the nature of conflict, including its cause and effect.
- Understand the different conflict management styles and when each one is most effective.
- Resolve conflict through negotiation.

Dec
8
Tue
The Importance of Unplugging
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

To foster a healthy and safe workplace and promote employee well-being, Health, Safety and Employee Well-Being (HSEWB) is offering 10 webinars, which are now open for registration. These webinars are live hosted by qualified facilitators and arranged through our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). The webinar format is intended to maximize the ability for anyone interested to participate, right from your own computer.

Please register on Machform. As there is a maximum of 30 participants per session, registration will be confirmed first come first served.

The Importance of Unplugging
Overview
With the advances in technology we have today, connecting with others is right at our fingertips. However, loneliness is at an all-time high. During this seminar we will take a look at how technology has changed our day to day social interactions and how these changes have affected the way we connect and interact with others. We will explore ways to use technology wisely yet still maintain that personal touch in our relationships.

Learning Objectives
This seminar is designed to:
- Review how technology has changed the way in which people socialize, communicate and problem solve.
- Discuss the potential effects of excessive technology usage including addiction, interrupted sleep patterns, and increased anxiety and depression.
- Identify tips to use technology wisely.

Jan
13
Wed
The Art of Managing Conflict
Jan 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

To foster a healthy and safe workplace and promote employee well-being, Health, Safety and Employee Well-Being (HSEWB) is offering 10 webinars, which are now open for registration. These webinars are live hosted by qualified facilitators and arranged through our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). The webinar format is intended to maximize the ability for anyone interested to participate, right from your own computer.

Please register on Machform. As there is a maximum of 30 participants per session, registration will be confirmed first come first served.

The Art of Managing Conflict
Overview
Conflict is a common part of life, a natural result of people having different points of view, values, and beliefs. When left unaddressed, workplace conflict can lead to increased absenteeism and reduced productivity. When well-managed, conflict can enhance your relationships, deepen your understanding of yourself and others, and stimulate change and growth. This seminar will provide participants with a framework for assessing the types of conflict common in the workplace and propose strategies for their resolution.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to do the following:
- Recognize the nature and impact of conflict.
- Understand the effects of unresolved conflict.
- Apply practical strategies for resolving conflict.

Feb
2
Tue
Building Bridges: Collaboration at Work
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

To foster a healthy and safe workplace and promote employee well-being, Health, Safety and Employee Well-Being (HSEWB) is offering 10 webinars, which are now open for registration. These webinars are live hosted by qualified facilitators and arranged through our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). The webinar format is intended to maximize the ability for anyone interested to participate, right from your own computer.

Please register on Machform. As there is a maximum of 30 participants per session, registration will be confirmed first come first served.

Building Bridges: Collaboration at Work
Overview
Having to work with others is a common requirement in the workplace. When collaboration is successful, you feel positive, productive, and willing to face any challenge. This seminar will build on the notion that cooperation and building bridges can be learned and should be practiced. It will teach participants the key elements of teamwork and provide them with the opportunity to practice collaboration-building techniques.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to do the following:
- Understand emotional reactions and what their underlying causes may be.
- Discuss human motivators and ways to address them for increased collaboration.
- Identify relationship-building strategies.

Mar
2
Tue
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

To foster a healthy and safe workplace and promote employee well-being, Health, Safety and Employee Well-Being (HSEWB) is offering 10 webinars, which are now open for registration. These webinars are live hosted by qualified facilitators and arranged through our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). The webinar format is intended to maximize the ability for anyone interested to participate, right from your own computer.

Please register on Machform. As there is a maximum of 30 participants per session, registration will be confirmed first come first served.

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
Overview
In the workplace, unresolved conflict can negatively impact the individuals involved, other team members, and the organization as a whole by affecting productivity and morale. The approach you take to managing conflict determines whether stress or opportunities for growth will be created. This seminar will examine various types of conflict and provide participants with a model for successfully resolving conflict at work.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to do the following:
- Define the nature of conflict, including its cause and effect.
- Understand the different conflict management styles and when each one is most effective.
- Resolve conflict through negotiation.

Apr
6
Tue
Dealing with the Elephant in the Room
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

To foster a healthy and safe workplace and promote employee well-being, Health, Safety and Employee Well-Being (HSEWB) is offering 10 webinars, which are now open for registration. These webinars are live hosted by qualified facilitators and arranged through our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). The webinar format is intended to maximize the ability for anyone interested to participate, right from your own computer.

Please register on Machform. As there is a maximum of 30 participants per session, registration will be confirmed first come first served.

Dealing with the Elephant in the Room
Overview
“Dealing with the Elephant in the Room” is a communications development seminar in where participants learn the skills to talk to anyone about anything. Participants begin by identifying the uncomfortable issues and realties they face at work and at home. They also learn how to confront such issues with tact, empathy and clarity. This seminar helps increase productivity and improve relationships by addressing problems, conflicts or misunderstandings proactively.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to do the following:
- Understand the meaning and impacts of the “elephant in the room”
- Identify and deal with “elephants”
- Develop tools to address challenging workplace issues

May
3
Mon
NAOSH Week Registration - Chair Yoga
May 3 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Details:
Monday, May 3rd, 2021 (10:00am-10:30am)

Please register on Machform. You will receive a Zoom link upon successful registration.

Regardless of your personal level of fitness, it is especially important during these unusual times to establish a regular routine of physical activity. Physical activities can help you to manage the stress of daily life. Any form of physical activity practiced a few times a week, whether walking up and down a set of stairs, moving around inside the house or joining an online exercise class, are all excellent ways to take care for your physical health and well-being.

Alternatively, a daily 20 to 30-minute stretching session can help to reduce tightness and stiffness in your joints and muscles. Join this session in collaboration with Athletics and Recreation, to learn how to relax, feel grounded, stretch and move our bodies that are now used to sitting, and breathing practices to de-stress for the week ahead.

Instructor Bio: My name is Lambert. I am a yoga teacher from Life Power yoga school and teach for Athletics & Recreation. I have been teaching yoga for more than 3 years, originally starting with chair practices. Teaching this class really brings me back to where I started and I am honoured to guide you through this session to help you start your week.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact hslearn@yorku.ca.

May
5
Wed
Healthy Eating During the Pandemic Lunch and Learn with HSEWB
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Details:
Wednesday, May 5th, 2021 (12:00pm-12:30pm)

Please register on Machform. You will receive a Zoom link upon successful registration.

Self-care is essential to one’s personal health and well-being. When working from home, and to care for ourselves and our loved ones during this COVID-19 crisis, we should maintain a nutritious and balanced diet, and stay hydrated throughout the day.

Join us on this Healthy Eating During the Pandemic session, for information on how to get essential vitamins through our diet, and some healthy snack recipes!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact hslearn@yorku.ca.

May
7
Fri
Coping with Anxiety with York Psychology Clinic
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Details:
Friday, May 7th, 2021 (12:00pm-12:30pm)

Please register on Machform. You will receive a Zoom link upon successful registration.

YUPC is a state-of-the art mental health and training centre community associated with the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Health at York University. The clinic provides a range of leading-edge, effective mental health services to keep people of all ages living healthy, productive lives.

We have collaborated with YUPC to bring you this lunch and learn session on Coping with Anxiety. On May 7th, between 12-12:30 pm, they will be providing a brief workshop on skills to cope with anxiety and stress in the workplace.

Instructor bio: Komal Shaikh is a neuropsychology resident at Ottawa Hospital with a background in neuroscience and psychology. Abid Azam is a psychology resident at CAMH with a background in kinesiology and psychology. Both Komal and Abid have extensive experience with cognitive behavioral therapies and mindfulness practice in managing mood and stress.

To learn more about additional Mental Wellbeing tips, visit HSEWB on YU Link.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact hslearn@yorku.ca.

May
19
Wed
Creating and Maintaining Positive Space
May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

This is a “101” session that will explore gender and sexual diversity, as well as homophobia and transphobia specific to the campus experience. Learn about using inclusive language, being a supportive ally, campus resources, and creating safer spaces on campus for gender and sexually diverse students, staff and faculty.

Jun
1
Tue
Requesting and Accessing Accommodations
Jun 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Participants will receive a detailed overview of the rights and responsibilities in the accommodations process based on the Ontario Human Rights Code, such as those involving disability (including mental health), creed (religion), and sex/gender.

In addition to learning how to request and respond to accommodation needs, participants will learn strategies that will assist in increasing inclusion and accessibility in the York community.

Jun
9
Wed
Challenging Unconscious Bias and Microaggressions
Jun 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

This workshop will take a deep dive into forms of unconscious bias and stereotyping that lead to microaggressions and discriminatory behaviour. Participants will explore effective strategies to challenge our biases, reframing our ways of thinking and strengthen the experience of inclusion for all.

Jun
16
Wed
Acknowledging and Addressing Racism
Jun 16 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

This workshop will help participants gain an understanding of how to recognize racism, how it can manifest, and what its impacts are. Participants will learn about strategies to address barriers to inclusive spaces, and become familiar with relevant tools, policies and legislation within the York context.

Jun
29
Tue
Academic Integrity and Universal Design
Jun 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Participants develop an understanding of universal design and academic integrity in an educational environment; and consider the ways universal design can become part of a teaching strategy.

Discussion and activities will offer opportunities for participants to obtain strategies for ensuring academic integrity while also providing inclusive learning experiences for all.

Jul
8
Thu
Racial Inclusion and Employment Equity
Jul 8 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

This workshop focuses on racism and discrimination in the workplace, highlighting the relevant policies and laws in place to support efforts that build healthy and inclusive workplace environments and culture.

Jul
14
Wed
Challenging Organizational Structures
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Participants will examine how organizational cultures can perpetuate systemic disadvantages for individuals and groups, and then consider how engagement can create positive impacts and change within organizational cultures.

Jul
27
Tue
Recognizing Resilience in Communities
Jul 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Participants will engage in discussions about community resilience in the face of disadvantage and hardship, examining the ways barriers and discrimination shape our perspective of communities under duress. The workshop will help participants consider how to engage and foster inclusivity across multiple groups and spaces.

Sep
15
Wed
Boosting Your Positive Outlook
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Overview
Consistently focusing on the negative side of an issue can greatly contribute to stress. When thinking this way, physical changes take place in the body’s chemistry increasing stress levels and affecting performance and well-being. This seminar will help participants understand the ways in which this seemingly automatic negative thinking occurs, recognize its typical manifestations, and develop a process for tackling negative thoughts effectively.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to do the following:
- Define the term stress whirlpool.
- Understand how negative thoughts work and impact the body.
- Develop a strategy for combating negative thoughts and increasing their positive outlook.

Sep
29
Wed
Collaborative Communication
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Overview
Communication is an important skill to develop, but not many people understand why it is so important to communicate together. This class is applicable to parents, spouses, partners, colleagues and bosses. It explains why better communication can enhance our lives by teaching us new things. This is an interactive class in which participants will get to practice the techniques that are taught.

Learning Objectives
Topics covered in this seminar include:
- Why is it important?
- Conflict Communication
- Tough Topics
- Difference between Listening and Hearing
- Communicating through Times of Change
- Communicating as a Leader
- Words to Avoid
- Communicating with Technology

 

Oct
13
Wed
Dealing with Difficult Personalities
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Overview
Workplaces can produce high achievers and dynamic team players. They can also be places where employees become regularly frustrated or annoyed with co-workers, be they bullies, people-pleasers, whiners, or gossipers. Developing techniques to address these challenging personality types can greatly increase staff’s morale and job satisfaction. This seminar will look at the distinction between difficult behaviour and difficult people and provide participants with strategies to respond effectively to challenging situations with a focus on assertive communication.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to do the following:
- Identify common types of difficult people.
- Understand people’s needs and motivations.
- Deal with difficult people.
- Recognize areas for personal development.

Nov
3
Wed
The Art of Managing Conflict
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Overview
Conflict is a common part of life, a natural result of people having different points of view, values, and beliefs. When left unaddressed, workplace conflict can lead to increased absenteeism and reduced productivity. When well-managed, conflict can enhance your relationships, deepen your understanding of yourself and others, and stimulate change and growth. This seminar will provide participants with a framework for assessing the types of conflict common in the workplace and propose strategies for their resolution.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to do the following:
- Recognize the nature and impact of conflict.
- Understand the effects of unresolved conflict.
- Apply practical strategies for resolving conflict.

Dec
8
Wed
Welcoming Change into Your Life
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Overview
Change is a natural part of life. While some changes can affect the very structure of your life, other changes can have subtle impacts on your day-to-day activities. Sometimes you may be aware that a change is imminent but are uncertain about what it will involve and how it will affect your life. Situations like these can create ambiguity, worry, or a sense of loss and sadness. This seminar will address the
emotional reactions that participants may experience when confronted with change, taking into account their personality and strength, and provide coping skills to enable them to manage change more effectively.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to do the following:
- Understand the four different types of change.
- Develop strategies for managing change effectively.
- View change in a more positive manner.