Wednesday, July 6, 2022


As workshop season winds down, our research season is ramping up! You’re invited to lend your voice to the conversation. Keep an eye out for the launch of the 2022 OHD Learning Needs Survey coming soon or consider joining one of the upcoming focus groups.  


In this issue of OHD News: 

  • Upcoming Workshops: featuring the Change Management series 
  • Have your say: focus group opportunity 
  • 2022 OHD Learning Needs Survey 
  • Save the date! Keeping Well @ Work 2022 


Don’t want to miss anything? Follow OHD on Twitter: @OHDuwaterloo where we’ll share all the latest offerings and insights on employee learning and development.


The Change Management and Continuous Improvement Office in Human Resources is offering a suite of workshops in July. Whether you are feeling the impact of change, are anticipating a major change, or are leading a change process – large or small – learn the strategies supported by the University to create a successful path forward. 

PLEASE NOTE: Many of the listed workshops are now full, however, a waitlist option is available and will be prioritized as space opens.  

Explore dates and workshop offerings in our Calendar of Workshops




OHD is piloting in-person experiences once again starting this spring. We are excited to see you in person! 

If you are feeling unwell or have been exposed to someone with symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend in person. Instead, please email us at to let us know you cannot attend.  



Virtual workshops and events are hosted on Microsoft Teams. An invitation will be sent to you by the workshops facilitator(s) no later than 48 hours before the workshop or event. If you have questions or have not received your invitation prior to a course, please contact



OHD’s Susan Willsie will be leading a series of virtual focus groups in July to better understand the motivational factors that drive participation in professional education opportunities in the workplace. Susan is looking for up to 24 participants who have recently attended a PD experience to join.  

If you are able to participate, please reach out to Susan directly at


2022 OHD Staff Learning Needs Survey: Coming soon! 

As Organizational and Human Development continues to grow to serve the needs of employees at the University of Waterloo, we are looking for feedback from staff about their learning needs as we look to the future.  

We acknowledge the significant shifts in learning priorities and formats throughout the pandemic and what it has meant for our learning needs. We are keen to understand what our learning and development needs are, as well as how OHD should best deliver these opportunities.   

The OHD Staff Learning Needs Survey will provide insights into the areas of growth, skills, competencies, and interests staff are looking to explore and develop. On the flip side, we also need to understand what barriers prevent staff from participating in life-long learning and development.  

Questions about the OHD Staff Learning Needs Survey should be directed to



OHD is gearing up for our Fall conference: Keeping Well @ Work on Thursday, October 13!  

If you have an interest in presenting content related to employee wellness, we encourage you to submit an expression of interest here. This call for proposals will be open until mid-August. A big thank you to those that have already submitted their workshop ideas! We will be reaching out to you this month. 

Questions or interest in KW@W 2022? Please reach out to Dana Evans Laity



New to the University of Waterloo?

On behalf of our community, OHD would like to welcome you to Waterloo, where we support the life-long learning of our employees. As a new employee, we strongly encourage you to participate in our Core Development Workshops to support your understanding of the university’s culture and values, along with resources available to enhance your experience and engagement. Explore our Calendar of Workshops for more opportunities.

Did you know?

Thanks to Policy 18, staff have the ability  5 working days (or equivalent hours) a year to invest in personal and professional development. Learn more about this in Policy 18, listed under Training and Development



OHD Resources is an authenticated website full of learning content and materials for UWaterloo employees. Access recordings and resources from conferences, workshops, and events. Access materials related to: 

  • Time Management 
  • Organization 
  • Customer Service 
  • Keeping well: from nutrition to nature (See Keeping Well at Work 2021) 
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