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Universities Step Challenge – 10,000 Step Challenge

Just like the Aotearoa Bike Challenge at the start of this year in February, we are inviting you to join in on the Universities step challenge. The challenge has been set by the team at CQ University Australia and they have invited campuses all around Australia and New Zealand to join in.  It is open to all staff, students, and anyone who is associated with UC, with official registrations of the challenge starting on 1 August (SO SAVE THE DATE!)

The challenge is simple, you need to complete 10,000 steps a day from 19 August to 29 September. As daunting as this may sound, it is not impossible. Once you take into account walking to and from office, up and down stairs, to and from meetings, and around the campus, the steps starts to rack up without you even knowing.

So who are we battling against in the challenge of the steps? Well there are a total of 12 universities across Australasia in the Universities Step Challenge.

The Australian universities are:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Bond University
  • Southern Cross University
  • The University of Newcastle
  • The University of Western Australia
  • The University of the Sunshine Coast
  • The University of Queensland
  • Western Sydney University

The champions universities in New Zealand are:

  • The University of Canterbury
  • The University of Waikato
  • Victoria University of Wellington

Being the only campus from the South Island we need to show the others the true grit of Canterbury walking. We already won the Super Rugby so now’s not the time to slow down. Let’s keep this championship mentality going forward one step at a time as each step is in the right direction for you overall health and wellness. Jump onto our website to get more information or talk to your faculty coordinator to join the team in the challenge. If you don’t know who they are then please get in contact with me via email.

Go on, take on the challenge. EVERY STEP COUNTS!

Engaging Line Managers in Workplace Learning

Do you struggle with getting the buy-in, support and commitment of line managers to workplace learning? This was one of the key challenges colleagues of ours raised for 2019 and is critical if we actually want people doing things differently in the workplace.

This presentation is based on the work of an NZ based L&D team and the tips and tricks they used to get line managers engaged and team members doing things differently. You will also get the chance to discuss ways you have used to get the support of managers and getting people performing better on the job.

The event is publicly run by New Zealand Association for Training and Development (NZATD). Click here to register.

Event Plan
Date: Thursday, 18th July 2019
Time:  5.30 – 6.00 pm : Registration, Networking
6.00 – 7.00 pm : Presentation
Venue: Ilam Homestead (formerly University Staff Club) , 87 Ilam Road, Christchurch
You are welcome to buy drinks at the bar
Investment:  – $5.00 – Members & Affiliates (HRINZ, AITD, NSANZ, TechCommNZ, ICFA, IABC, NZOQ, CDANZ, DEANZ)
– $10.00 – Non-Members

 

Closing Soon – VC Awards and Health, Safety & Wellbeing Awards

Don’t miss the opportunity to put forward your application for the Vice-Chancellor’s General Staff Development Awards, or the Health Safety and Wellbeing Awards.

Applications close on Wednesday 17 July.

Please email any Vice-Chancellor’s General Staff Development Awards applications to learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz, or send via internal mail to Marjorie Blake, Learning and Development, Human Resources, Level 2 Henry Field Library.

Email any Health, Safety and Wellbeing awards to health-safety@canterbury.ac.nz , or send via internal mail to Lo Botha, Health & Safety Team, Level 8, West.

Five Great Tips to Simplify PDFs

These five great tips will simplify and speed up your time in a PDF:


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Archive of Tech Tips
Technology Information for Staff website

Was this tip helpful to you? Anything else you want to know? Got some suggestions? Please leave a comment below or let me know.

You’ll find more learning at Learning and Development.

Using Email Read Receipts

This is one of those things that you may be doing without realising what a nuisance it can be for those receiving your emails.

I’m talking about using “Request a Delivery Receipt” and “Request a Read Receipt” by default – ie, using them for every message you send.

This becomes a real nuisance for your recipient because they have to acknowledge , or “approve”, the receipt for every email of yours that they read (and they can choose not to send the receipt). So it becomes especially tiresome if they have a back-and-forth email exchange with you.

Of course, you may need to use this feature from time to time, but try to avoid using it as the default.

You can find them when you create a new email message, on the Options Ribbon:

Don’t be a nuisance – leave these switched off by Default.

For great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Archive of Tech Tips
Technology Information for Staff website

Was this tip helpful to you? Anything else you want to know? Got some suggestions? Please leave a comment below or let me know.

You’ll find more learning at Learning and Development.