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Human Resources: Upcoming Programs
July 15, 2008, Volume 55, No. 1

Flexible Work Options Info Sessions
Flexible Work Options can be a great strategy for organizations as well as individuals. They can support Penn’s efforts to maximize productivity, expand services, and attract and retain talent. Individuals may benefit by gaining the ability to pursue new professional development opportunities, better balance work and family responsibilities, and undertake new health and wellness or community service activities.

Flexible Work Options Information Sessions for managers and employees interested in learning more about how to design and manage Flexible Work Options arrangements will be held, sponsored by Human Resources and led by Marilyn Kraut, Human Resources director for Quality of Worklife Programs. For more information and to register, please visit www.hr.upenn.edu (click on “Course Catalog” at the top of the screen, then select “Quality of Worklife” from the “Browse by Category” menu) or contact Human Resources at kraut@exchange.upenn.edu or (215) 898-0380.

Flexible Work Options Information Sessions; August 21 and September 10; noon–1:30 p.m.; free. Whether you are an employee interested in establishing a flexible work arrangement or a manager seeking to understand how to consider and evaluate flexible work proposals, please join us for this informative, interactive presentation and discussion. You will leave this session with a better understanding of how Flexible Work Options work, where flexible work arrangements fit and work best, and what conditions encourage a successful plan for a flexible work arrangement.

Professional & Personal Development
Improve your skills and get ahead in your career by taking advantage of the many development opportunities provided by Human Resources! You can pre-register for programs by visiting the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click “Course Catalog” at the top of the page), or by contacting Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

Brown Bag Matinee: “Accountability that Works!” July 17; noon–1 p.m.; free. Accountability That Works! is an exciting, innovative video that will provide everyone in your department with the tools they need for a greater sense of empowerment, a higher level of effectiveness, and increased productivity. The video uses several types of workplaces as examples that illustrate how to ensure that every task has a clearly defined owner and agreement, as well as how to empower employees to keep their agreements (and to hold others accountable without putting them on the defensive).

Career Focus Brown Bag: Self Assessment; July 18; noon–1 p.m.; free. Self assessment is the first step in career planning. Knowing more about who you are is essential to understanding why you like and are more successful at certain jobs than others. You will be most effective and satisfied at work when your career and jobs mesh with your skills, strengths, values, interests and passions. During the session, we will do several self assessment exercises and you will learn more about other opportunities available to you through Career Coaching at Learning and Education.

American Management Association’s Strategies for Developing Effective Presentations; July 23 and 24; 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; $75. This two-day program will provide you with the skills to deliver clear, informative, memorable and convincing presentations. Learn by doing as you receive ongoing, personalized feedback on three live presentations. Subjects to be addressed include determining your objectives in giving a presentation, balancing verbal and nonverbal messages, developing and organizing presentation content, rehearsing and using notes, reducing and channeling nervousness, using visual aids, handling questions and more.

Career Focus Brown Bag: Careers in Development and Alumni Relations; August 1; noon–1 p.m.; free. This workshop will give you the opportunity to learn about different career paths in Development and Alumni Relations. Opportunities in the field range from working with alumni and engaging volunteers, to cultivating and soliciting donors as a fundraiser, working with foundations and corporations to fund scholarly and educational programs or working in the development services departments that support these efforts. These jobs call for a variety of skills and competencies. If you are interested in entering the field of development and alumni relations, this workshop will provide valuable information and tips.

Brown Bag Matinee: “Who Moved My Cheese?”; August 20; noon–1 p.m.; free. Who Moved My Cheese? is based on the best-selling business book by Spencer Johnson. It provides strategies for the best way to deal with change, so that you can enjoy more success and less stress in your work and in your life.

Introduction to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator; August 22; 9 a.m.–noon.; $75. Taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) inventory and receiving feedback will help you identify your unique gifts. The information enhances understanding of yourself, your motivations, your natural strengths, and your potential areas for growth. It will also help you appreciate people who differ from you. Understanding your MBTI type is self-affirming and encourages cooperation with others.

Joys of Summer: Cultural Walking Tour
Summer has arrived in Philadelphia. The days are longer and the sun is shining, and there’s nothing quite so nice as spending some time outside. It’s the perfect time to join the Penn Walking Program! If you’ve been planning to incorporate more physical activity into your routine, The Penn Walking Program can help. Weekly motivational e-mails and group walks will keep you inspired, and you’ll receive your own pedometer (and access to the Penn Walking Program tracking website) in order to track your progress. You can join the Penn Walking Program at any time. For more information, visit the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/Quality/Wellness/Walking.aspx, or contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@exchange.upenn.edu. 

One good way to plan a walk is to choose a series of sites you’d like to visit, and map out a route. University City and West Philadelphia have plenty to offer you as a walker, whether you’re interested in history, art, food, or architecture. A two-mile walking tour that begins at the University City District headquarters includes some major cultural sites on and around Penn’s campus, and explains a bit about each one (see map). Additional information, such as hours of operation and admission fees, if applicable, is generally available on the location's website.

Game Plan for Healthy Eating
Everybody needs a game plan for healthy eating in their lives. This series of workshops will help give you the knowledge you need to set personalized, specific nutrition goals and create play-by-play strategies to achieve them! You should walk away from these workshops with winning tips to better devise, implement, and succeed with your own personal nutrition plan.

This special summer nutrition series is sponsored by Human Resources and led by Suzanne Smith, health promotion specialist, Human Resources. For more information and to register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu (click on “Course Catalog” at the top of the screen, then select “Health Promotions” from the “Browse by Category” menu) or contact Human Resources at suzsmith@exchange.upenn.edu or (215) 898-5116.

Getting Motivated; July 16; noon–1 p.m.; free. In this workshop, we’ll tackle motivation. How do you convince yourself to go for the extra point and eat a good breakfast? Also, learn how to weave a healthy afternoon snack into your routine so you can sprint to dinner and tackle post-dinner eating.
Scoring Big with Calcium; July 23; noon– 1 p.m.; free. Score big by learning to add more calcium-rich, low-fat dairy to your diet to help you meet your nutritional needs. Also featured in this workshop will be surefire ways to incorporate more fruit into your diet.

Fat-Free Satisfaction; July 29; noon–1 p.m.; free. Get ready for the big game by lowering your intake of fat (particularly saturated fat), eating more vegetables, and consuming fewer empty calories from junk food. The goal of this workshop is to reach the end zone feeling satisfied and pumped with a full team of nutrients.

—Division of Human Resources

Cultural Walking Tour Map

Walking Map


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