Our November MHW Newsletter! Learn about events, resources and strategies related to Keep Learning.




November 2019


November marks Keep Learning Month at McGill. It serves as a reminder that learning is for everyone – and it is for life. Principal Suzanne Fortier established as one of her top priorities that McGill become a Learning Organization. This means continuous learning not only as an organization, but as units, teams – and individual employees. My Healthy Workplace invites you to jump on the continuous learning train this fall. Curiosity keeps us vibrant, interested and actively engaged in making a difference. Discover the many ways that you can contribute to learning in the workplace.


In this issue, find out how three McGill directors are encouraging continuous learning on their teams and participating in it themselves. Learn more about two new programs that have been developed for people managers to best support a healthy learning and work environment for all. In the spirit of a Healthy Workplace, join the ranks of the innovative and consider the “Excellence of Learning from Our Mistakes”, or learn how one McGill retiree is engaging in her Lifelong Learning.


We wish you a happy November full of opportunities to learn!



The Excellence of Learning from Our Mistakes


In a world where change is the norm, continuous learning and adaptability are vital if we are to remain relevant – both individually and as an organization. Are you making the most from your lessons learned? Here are some ways to enrich the process for yourself and your team. Click here to read more.



Learning Resources


Here's a tool you may find useful: the Performance Dialogue (PD) Developmental Plan was conceived by Organizational Development for a more expanded PD exercise for Management staff. However, learning is for everyone. Whatever your job category, check out this form to reflect on your own learning and development and discover a myriad of ways in which you can keep learning. 



2019 Health Fair for Faculty and Staff


At midday on Oct. 30, as the sound of the cello played in the background and people’s laughter echoed in the lobby, HR’s Health and Well-Being team welcomed around 400 attendees to explore what the 2019 Health Fair had to offer. Click here to read more.


Leadership that Learns:

Three Directors Share


We asked three leaders how engaging their team in continuous learning and improvement is enhancing their workplace: Marisa Albanese (Student Housing and Hospitality Services), Francois Miller (Office of Sustainability), and Guillaume Trottier, (Shared Platform and Development Services). Click here to read more.



Upcoming MHW Events


An overview of Diabetes Management and Prevention

November 22nd, 2019 (12:00-1:00)


Burnout Prevention

November 25th, 2019 (12:00-1:30)


Mental Health Matters (at Macdonald Campus)

November 28th, 2019 (9:30-12:30)


Mental Health First Aid (2-day workshop)

November 29th, 2019 (9:00-5:00)

December 2nd, 2019 (9:00-5:00)




Spotlight: Lifelong Learning for McGill Retiree - Kathy Lauer

Lifelong Learning is alive and well at 688 Sherbrooke according to Kathy Lauer, former HR Advisor in the Faculty of Arts. Beyond Zumba and fitness classes at the Y, Kathy’s dance card, post retirement, quickly filled up with interactive learning opportunities with McGill Continuing Studies. Click here to find out what Kathy's been up to.



Winner of the Get Active Challenge!


The Health and Well-Being team challenged McGill employees to get active during the month of September. Participants were sent a Get Active toolkit, and were asked to track and submit their physical activity for four consecutive weeks for a chance to win a FitBit. Over 100 employees registered for the challenge. This means that more than 60,000 active minutes were logged for this challenge! All submissions were entered into a random name selector. Congratulations to the the challenge winner: Linda McCallum, Associate Director, Major Gifts and Campaign from the Neuro. And congratulations to everyone that participated! To learn more about wellness challenges, please visit the Benefits, Health and Well-Being webpage.


New Leadership Programs Support a Healthy Learning Environment at McGill


Read more about two new programs, the McGill Leaders' Circle and Essential Skills for New Supervisors, that support a healthy learning environment for all. Also, click here for updated information on next year's Leadership Development Program (LDP) and to register to attend an information session.


Submit Your Great Ideas to the Great Ideas Pipeline


The Great Ideas Pipeline is an initiative which aims to solicit creative solutions from our own people to issues facing McGill. The Great Ideas Pipeline supports organizational learning by providing an avenue for employees to provide ideas to people who may be able to make them a reality, including the My Healthy Workplace Sponsor, Vice-Principal, Administration and Finance, Professor Yves Beauchamp.

Click here for more information.

We want to hear from you!


This newsletter is for staff by staff. Send the MHW News editorial team an email to let us know what you think of this issue. The upcoming theme for December is Giving. Please contact us to suggest an initiative, nominate an individual for our Staff Spotlight, or if you are interested in contributing an article.