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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).

Professional and Personal Development

Take advantage of the many development opportunities provided by Human Resources!  Simply pre-register for programs by visiting the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click on Course Catalog at the top of the page), or contact Learning and Education at www.hr.upenn.edu/learning or (215) 898-3400.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Getting Ready to Make Your Move; March 1; noon to 1 p.m.; free; Penn employs over 10,000 staff members whose positions vary across hundreds of job classifications. Listen to the stories of other staff members who’ve moved internally to other challenging and rewarding positions, learn about the internal application process and applicable transfer policies, and explore the concept of networking and utilizing all your resources.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Mentors@Penn; March 3; noon to 1 p.m.; free. Mentoring provides many benefits and opportunities, whether you are a mentor or mentee. Through a mentoring relationship, you can learn and grow, increase your own job satisfaction, and focus on your professional and career goals.  At this information session, you’ll learn more about the program and find out how to apply.

Professional Development Program—Franklin Covey’s FOCUS; March 9; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $75. Competing priorities. Multiple deadlines. A hundred unanswered emails. This engaging, highly interactive workshop will give you the tools to increase productivity, enhance your chances of success, keep focused, effectively manage all the information that comes across your desk, and reduce your stress level.

Brown Bag Matinee–Flight of the Buffalo; March 14; noon to 1 p.m.; free. Managers and supervisors can benefit from this video which shows how today’s leaders are making the change to letting employees lead. Learn how to develop, communicate and fine-tune your department’s vision; inspire and empower your employees; and get your employees to own the responsibility for their actions/productivity and solve their own problems.

Professional Development Program—Unlocking the Secrets of the Penn Library; March 16; noon to 1:30 p.m.; free. Learn about all the Penn Library has to offer, including: over 10,000 electronic journals and reference sources, more than 5 million print and multi-media titles, personalized research assistance, videos and DVDs, and recent popular fiction and bestsellers.  A one-hour information session will be followed by an optional 30-minute walking tour of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library.

Professional Development Program – Words at Work: The Latest in Business Writing; March 17, 21, and 24; 9 a.m. to noon; $60. This 3-session participatory writing program is designed to provide you with an updated, practical, no-nonsense perspective on today's business writing. It challenges long-held assumptions about the "right" way to communicate, and provides you with the latest writing tools within a broad context of understanding the dynamics of written communication.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Resume and Cover Letter Clinic; March 22; noon to 1 p.m; free. Resumes and cover letters are your tools to market yourself for your next position.  Learn how to create effective, dynamic resumes and cover letters by focusing on the employer’s needs versus your own, using powerful assertions, inspiring and exciting the employer, and including buzz words to catch the employer’s attention. Bring your resume and cover letter along.

American Management Association Seminar–Responding to Conflict; March 30 and 31; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $60. Conflict is all around us.  Rather than react to it on a purely emotional level, get the professional skills to manage disputes and disagreements positively and proactively. Learn new strategies of conflict resolution that will improve your communication and performance and ultimately increase the success of your business initiatives.

Injury Avoidance—Health Promotion

Penn’s Injury Avoidance Series continues with the second in a series of workshops designed to help you and your family stay safe and healthy at home, at work, and on the playing field.  For more information or to pre-register, visit the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/workshops.asp or call (215) 898-5116.

Avoiding Back Injury; March 15; noon to 1 p.m; free. Learn the basics of maintaining a healthy back, as well as how to avoid injuries at home and at work.  Discover the proper body posture and body mechanics that may help you avoid back injuries. This workshop will be led by Dianne Barilotti, RN and Clinical Services Coordinator for Independence Blue Cross, Preventative Health and Wellness.

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.

Home Safety Checklist for Your Live-at-Home Elder; March 23; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; free. Caring for an elderly loved one is particularly challenging when that person lives in your home or lives on his/her own. Participants will learn the most common as well as the most readily overlooked safety issues, how to build safety strategies, and how to engage the whole family in the elder safety process.

Career and Life Strategies for Baby Boomers

If you’re part of the Baby Boom generation, the Career and Life Strategies for Baby Boomers series is designed to help you deal with the decisions and challenges you’re now facing. The next workshop in this series is listed below. For more information and to register for sessions, visit the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click on Course Catalog at the top of the page) or call (215) 898-3400.

Finding Meaning in Retirement; March 29; noon to 1:30 p.m.; free. One important goal of a successful retirement is happiness. Each of us has a set of “Signature Strengths” that when applied to challenging tasks bring us energy, inner strength and happiness. Join psychologist Eric Kramer, to discuss how to determine your Signature Strengths and then use these strengths to guide your search for engagement, meaning and happiness in retirement.



  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 23, February 21, 2006


February 21, 2006
Volume 52 Number 23


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