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Human Resources: Upcoming Programs
April 24, 2007, Volume 53, No. 31

Baby Prep 101: Preparing for a Baby

If you’re planning to start a family or add to your existing family, 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.

Bringing Your New Child Home; May 3; noon to 1 p.m.; free. Whether your new child comes home from the hospital right away, arrives later (perhaps after a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit), or comes through an adoption agency, the homecoming of your little one is a major event you've probably often imagined.  Of course, it may or may not turn out to be what you'd expected! This workshop will help prepare you to introduce your new child to its new world.  Emphasis will be on space needs, how to childproof your home, and how to introduce other family members, siblings, and/or pets to the new family member.  You should leave the workshop feeling confident in your ability to create a smooth transition to your home.

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 (215) 898-3400.

Brown Bag Matinee–Making Performance Appraisals Work; May 8; noon to 1 p.m.; free. Appraising an employee’s performance might be an experience that you dread, but you can learn how to make appraisal meetings a time to learn, set realistic goals, and build your relationships with your employees!  This workshop will teach you how to communicate your employees’ strengths, as well as teach you how to suggest room for improvement in a way that is both direct and pleasant.

Career Focus Brown Bag–Preparing for Your Performance Appraisal; May 24; noon to 1 p.m.; free. Your performance appraisal gives you a unique chance to discuss your work and the impact of all your efforts during the last year. It also looks forward to the coming year–mapping out your future goals and how you will achieve them. Appraisals are an opportunity to both set goals and strengthen your relationship with your supervisor. The key to getting the most out of your appraisal is preparation. This workshop will take you through the preparation process as well as offer tools for effective communication during the appraisal.

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.

Dealing with the Finances of Elder Care; May 10; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; free. Is there an elder relative in your life? Whether you’re the caregiver or not, you may need to know how to deal with current trends in elder care finances and estate planning. Participants will also learn about wills, power of attorney and advance directives; navigation through Medicare and Medicaid systems; long-term care insurance; and recent trends in housing and property issues.

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.

What about the Next Job?; May 23; 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; effective presentation of your strengths and talents; and networking, resumes and interviews. Our instructor Jill LaPan coaches mature clients in her work with Career Concepts, Inc.

Almanac - April 24, 2007, Volume 53, No. 31