UBC puts focus on people

University releases first report updating framework for HR
By Carla S. Shore
|Western Report|Last Updated: 07/13/2009

When the University of British Columbia (UBC) decided to launch an institution-wide human resources framework, it set out strategies and initiatives to build a workplace that resonates with staff. The result: Focus on People.

“The idea behind developing the Focus on People framework was to focus our creativity and energy on a few things and do them well,” said Lisa Castle, associate vice-president of human resources at the Vancouver-based school that employs about 9,480 faculty and nearly 9,000 staff.

“Instead of reacting to things coming at us in the human resources arena, we’d have a framework for action that would guide us to a higher-level dialogue about the place we all wanted to stay and a place we all wanted to join.”