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Upcoming Human Resources Programs
November 21, 2006, Volume 53, No. 13

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).

“Breathing Easy” Health Promotion Series

Penn’s health trend reports show that our faculty and staff, and their family members, are requiring increased medical care for respiratory illness.  To help you and your family avoid the complications of this critical health issue, we’ve developed a “Breathing Easy” series of free, monthly lunchtime presentations. Join us to view topical videos provided by Independence Blue Cross and learn from medical specialists from the University of Pennsylvania Health System.  For more information and/or to pre-register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/workshops.asp or contact Human Resources at (215) 573-2471 or fitzpatl@hr.upenn.edu.

Helping Your Kids Manage Asthma and Allergies: December 6; noon to 1 p.m.; free. Information can be a parent or caretaker’s best weapon against childhood asthma. This seminar focuses on the need and strategies for getting enough information when your child is diagnosed with this medical condition. Independence Blue Cross has provided a detailed and comprehensive half-hour video that features Dr. C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General.  A Q&A afterwards will be led by a Penn health professional.

Work-Life Balance Workshops

Dealing with the demands of work and personal life can be challenging.  That’s why we offer a variety of free workshops led by experts from Penn’s Employee Assistance Program and Work & Family Benefit provider, Penn Behavioral Health, to offer information and support for your personal and professional life challenges.  Note that each workshop listed below will include an optional Q&A period from 12:30 to 1 p.m. For more information and/or to pre-register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/workshop.asp or call (215) 573-2471.

It Takes A Village—Eldercare: December 7; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; free. Managing eldercare services is an overwhelming job, especially when encountering the variety and complexity of services for aging and impaired adults, their families and caregivers. This seminar looks at ways to care for the elderly that expand upon traditional techniques, as well as how to successfully navigate those systems. Participants will learn how to establish new paradigms and how to reach out for help.

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 www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/eap.asp, or go to the EAP website at www.pennbehavioralhealth.org.  For questions on QOWL programs, contact Human Resources at fitzpatl@hr.upenn.edu or (215) 573-2471.

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.

Brown Bag Matinee—Straight Talking: December 6; noon to 1 p.m.; free. John Cleese shows you how submissive behavior causes people to be ignored, and how aggressive behavior can be damaging to everyone involved. This program teaches that the value of assertive behavior is that managers can be honest with themselves and others, without emotion.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Negotiating a Salary: December 14; noon to 1 p.m.; free. This workshop will address your questions about moving up to your next job within Penn or elsewhere. We'll discuss how to communicate your salary requirements effectively and brainstorm other factors that you should consider before accepting an offer. Leaving a position professionally is always important, so we’ll also talk about giving notice, wrapping up, and leaving your job in great shape for the incoming staff person.

­—Division of Human Resources

Almanac - November 21, 2006, Volume 53, No. 13