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Human Resources: Upcoming Programs
March 20, 2007, Volume 53, No. 26

Baby Prep 101: Preparing for a Baby

If you’re planning to start a family or add to your existing family, please join us for the Spring 2007 health series Baby Prep 101: Preparing for a New Baby in Your Life. Experts from Penn and the University of Pennsylvania Health System will present helpful information and field your questions at these free lunchtime sessions.  For more information or to pre-register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/workshop.asp, or contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@hr.upenn.edu.

Pregnancy, the Right Start; April 4; noon to 1 p.m.; free. All the good advice in the world still won't fully prepare you for having a baby, but there is information that can help.  This workshop will give you many tips and help you prepare your body and your mind for this life-changing experience. Emphasis will be on pre-pregnancy issues, including how to prepare your body to become pregnant and steps you can take to have a healthy pregnancy and delivery. You should leave the workshop feeling better equipped to deal with the process of bringing a new child into the world.

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.

Tips for Working with Team Members for Better Results; April 4; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; free. Work moves quickly these days, with more to do and seemingly less time to do it.  Co-workers are finding it’s more important than ever to develop the power of building good working relationships and fostering respectful interactions.  Participants will learn how to create goals of teambuilding, initiate teambuilding, and identify potential problems while teambuilding.

Stress Management; April 17; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; free. Learn to identify when you are relaxed, how to manage it, and how to use it to improve your quality of life.  Participants will discover the response to relaxation, the physical and mental signs of relaxation, and specific relaxation exercises and techniques.

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.

Tuition Benefit Information Session; April 4; noon to 1 p.m.; free. At this session, you’ll learn more about the Tuition Assistance programs, see a demonstration of the online tuition management system for the Direct Grant Program, and have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about tuition benefits. If you’re using the benefit for yourself or your dependents already or are planning to in the future, this will be a good opportunity to learn more.

Brown Bag Matinee–It’s So Simple; April 11; noon to 1 p.m.; free. This video shows how trust, respect and support among co-workers will increase productivity and retention and improve customer service and growth. It all happens by giving employees the freedom to do their jobs well, the freedom to learn from mistakes, and the freedom to love their work!

Writing Efficient Email; April 12; 9 a.m. to noon; $60. In this class you will learn the components of good writing as they pertain to writing email that is clear, concise, active, and well-organized. Find out what makes email writing and etiquette different from any other format of business writing. An integral part of the class will be learning how to revise your own work, including micro- and macro-editing skills.

Career Focus Brown Bag–Business Etiquette: How to Get Ahead; April 17; noon to 1 p.m.; free. Have you ever been embarrassed or unsure about how to appear at work? Learn how to dress, speak, and act appropriately both at work and with co-workers when outside of work.  Learn practical tips that will aid in your development as a professional. This session will include the top ten career killers and how to avoid them, and will provide useful techniques for communicating your professionalism.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Mentors@Penn Information Session; April 27; 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.

Career and Life Strategies for Baby Boomers

Career and Life Strategies for Baby Boomers includes monthly lunchtime sessions on topics generally relevant to Penn staff within 2-10 years of retirement.  Even if you attended some of these sessions when we ran the program last year, you may want to take another look because several NEW topics have been added. All sessions are free; however, registration is required. For more information or to register, 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.

Living Options for Retirees (NEW topic!); April 18; noon to 1:30 p.m.; free. As many people approach retirement, they begin to wonder if they should move into a home that’s safer for seniors, easier to maintain, or more economical.  A representative from AARP will discuss the choices available to retirees as you consider where to live and the multiple factors to consider in making your decision. Topics include making your current home more user-friendly, retirement communities, assisted living options and more.

—Division of Human Resources

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