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Upcoming HR Programs in May

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).

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.

Reducing the Pressures Faced By Your Young Child; May 4; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; free. You may not fully realize the anxieties and demands your young child faces in today’s world, including developmental, environmental, parental, familial, and peer pressures. This workshop is designed to teach parents how to identify, reframe, manage and reduce the pressures of today on their young children.

Assertive Communication; May 18; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; free. Communication when done effectively is an “art form.” Assertive communication is at the high end of the information-sharing continuum as it focuses on what is ultimately best for the speaker. You will learn what assertive communication is and is not, how to overcome and/or avoid common barriers, and specific assertive communication techniques.

Note: For personalized assistance with dependent care issues and personal wellbeing, 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.

Injury Avoidance—Health  Series

Penn’s Injury Avoidance Series continues with the next 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.

Workplace Ergonomics;May 9; noon to 1 p.m.; free. Come away from this workshop with the tools to evaluate your workstation or job and make changes that will help prevent injury from occurring. Lean about common repetitive stress injuries and their causes, postures that contribute to injuries, proper workstation arrangement, and examples of stretches that can be done at work. This workshop will be led by Karen Kelley, Industrial Hygienist, Penn’s Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety. Please feel to bring a ‘brown bag’ lunch.

Career & Life Strategies for Baby Boomers

If you’re part of the Baby Boomer 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.

What About the Next Job?; May 24; noon to 1:30 p.m.; free. This session will focus on issues mature workers face in the job change decision process and the job search itself. Topics will include how to weigh the risks and rewards of making a job change later in your career and effective presentation of your strengths and talents. Networking, resumes and interviews will be covered. Our instructor Patreece Thompson coaches mature clients in her work with Career Concepts, Inc.

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—Creating You and Company; May 23; noon to 1 p.m.; free. This video program discusses the new realities of work and what each of us must to do stay competitive: reinvent our worklife by making today's frequent workplace changes work for, instead of against, us. Five “job shift steps” will give you a framework to identify your skills, understand the job market, and develop a plan for “you and company.”

Professional Development Program—Franklin Covey’s FOCUS;May 25; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $75. Competing priorities. Multiple deadlines. A hundred unanswered e-mails. 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—From No to Yes; May 31; noon to 1 p.m.; free. Persuasion is an art that must be learned if the road to agreement is to be free of acrimony or conflict. It’s not about being domineering or dismissive, but following a three-stage approach that accounts for everybody’s needs: listening actively, explaining your own feelings, and inviting other ideas and building on them—then agreement follows naturally.

—Division of Human Resources



  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 31, April 25, 2006


April 25, 2006
Volume 52 Number 31


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