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Division of Human Resources–Upcoming HR Programs

Further your professional and personal development by taking advantage of upcoming Human Resources programs. Note that you must pre-register for all programs by visiting the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click on Course Catalog at top of page).

Learning and Education Programs

Learn valuable skills through American Management Association (AMA) programs, Brown Bag Matinees, Career Focus Brown Bags, and other programs. Don’t forget to pre-register.  For questions on Learning and Education programs, call (215) 898-3400 or visit www.hr.upenn.edu/learning.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Fulfilling Your Career Potential at Penn; February 1; noon to 1 p.m.; free. Do you have career goals and dreams, but don’t know how to achieve them? This workshop provides an overview to the career planning process. You’ll discuss self-assessment and setting goals, both short-term and long-term. Then the inspirational video The Passion Plan: Putting your Passion to Work will show you practical suggestions to help you identify your goals and create your action plan.

The Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble (CITE); February 7; 9–11:30 a.m. OR  2–4:30 p.m.; free. CITE is an award-winning group of professional actors and facilitators who explore sensitive workplace issues in a safe and open forum. Using carefully scripted scenarios and follow-up dialogue with the audience, the CITE facilitators help you understand more about what causes problematic situations in the workplace and discover strategies for managing and preventing such problems. 

Brown Bag Matinee—Painless Performance Improvement; February 14; noon to 1 p.m.; free. Real change only happens when the decision to change comes from the person doing the changing.  If you’re a manager or supervisor, we urge you to attend this program to learn about a simple and proven technique that can help your team members improve their own performance without the drama, conflict or pain often associated with performance issues.  Discover how to focus on performance instead of attitude, intervene rather than confront, and recognize and deflect common sidetracks.

Career/Life Strategies for Baby Boomers–Retirement Money Matters; February 22; noon to 1:30 p.m.; free. As you think about retirement, many issues arise, especially the all-important financial questions: What about the money? How much will I need? How much will I have? Will my savings last as long as I do?  Penn’s retirement counselors will provide tools for answering these questions and strategies to get your financial plans on track.

Learning to Avoid Injuries–
New Health Promotion Series
for Spring 2006

Injuries can happen anytime–while you’re on the job, in your own home, or playing sports.  To help you and your family avoid the possibility of injury no matter where you are, Human Resources is pleased to announce a new health promotion series this spring: Avoiding Injury at Work, Home, and on the Playing Field.  These monthly lunchtime presentations will outline the best medical advice for keeping you and your family healthy and fit. Specialists from Penn’s Health System, Penn’s Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety, and Independence Blue Cross will be on hand to provide information and answer your questions. Pre-register today to start on the path for a healthier you. 

Go to www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/workshops.asp to pre-register and find more details, including location information. Questions?  Contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5118 or orna@hr.upenn.edu.

The series starts on Wednesday, February 15 with Helping Your Child Avoid Sports Injuries.  This workshop will help you recognize current trends in sports participation that can lead to injury, and become familiar with the most common sports injury areas: shoulder, knee, and ankle. You will also learn injury prevention techniques and “Back to Play” guidelines.

The full series runs noon-1 p.m. as follows:

Wednesday, February 15;Helping Your Child Avoid Sports Injuries; led by Dr. Lawrence Wells, MD, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, School of Medicine; Attending Physician, CHOP

Wednesday, March 15;  Avoiding Back Injury; led by Dianne Barilotti, RN, coordinator of client services, Independence Blue Cross Preventative Health and Wellness

Tuesday, April 18; Keep on Moving: How to Keep your Joints Healthy; led by Dr. Craig Israelite, MD, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, School of Medicine, Penn Orthopaedic Institute, Orthopaedic Surgeon

Tuesday, May 9; Workplace Ergonomics; led by Karen Kelley, industrial hygienist, Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety

Work-Life Balance Workshops

Dealing with the demands of work and personal life can be challenging. That’s why we offer a variety of workshops led by experts from Penn’s Employee Assistance Program and Work & Family provider, Penn Behavioral Health, to provide you with support for your personal and professional life challenges.  For more information or to pre-register, visit the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/workshop.asp or call (215) 898-5116.

Handling Rejection Personally and Professionally; February 9; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; free. We all deal with rejection at some point in our lives.  This workshop is designed to move individuals away from “rejection victimization”.  It provides an in-depth look at some of the dynamics of rejection, with “hands on” techniques for dealing with associated emotions and consequences.  Learn the components and emotional impact of rejection, as well as coping and preventative mechanisms.

Effective Communications With Your Teenager; February 23; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; free. If you are the parent of teenagers, you know that talking to them without alienating them is a skill.  This seminar helps you develop this skill, while learning what works most effectively and what does not work.  Explore how to create discourse and improve listening skills to foster better communication between you and your teen.

Handling the Difficult and Angry Customer; February 28; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; free. This seminar is designed to provide participants with specific skills and strategies for effecting “Win-Win” solutions for customer relationships, specifically those that are hard to manage.  Participants will learn about assertiveness techniques with customers, collaboration and partnering to effect results, handling internal reactions, and effective communication with all customers.

Note: For personalized assistance with dependent care issues and personal well-being, contact Penn’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Work & Family Services provider, Penn Behavioral Health, at 1-888-321-4433 or go online to www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/eap.asp, or go to the EAP website www.pennbehavioralhealth.org.  For questions on QOWL programs, contact Human Resources at orna@hr.upenn.edu or (215) 898-5116.

–Division of Human Resources



  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 19, January 24, 2006


January 24, 2006
Volume 52 Number 19


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