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Human Resources: Upcoming Programs
September 2, 2008, Volume 55, No. 2

Professional and 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: Straight Talking; September 16; noon–1 p.m.; free. In Straight Talking, comedian John Cleese shows 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: Mentors@Penn Information Session; September 23; noon–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. You will learn about the Mentors@Penn program and find out how to apply.

Career Focus Brown Bag: Career Check-up Workshop; September 26; noon–1 p.m.; free.Take the time for an annual career check-up, and discover whether it’s time for a career tune-up! Once a year, it’s good to take time out to evaluate your current job situation. Are you doing as well as you can, or is there room for improvement? Are your skills current, or is it time for some training and development? Do you continue to find satisfaction in your job? This workshop will give you the opportunity to assess your situation and develop a plan for moving forward.

A Series for Young Professionals
Young professionals face a unique set of challenges in the workplace—and also have the opportunity to make tremendous strides. Thanks to the popularity of previous sessions, Human Resources has announced new sessions in the ongoing informational program Getting Ahead: A Series for Young Professionals. Upcoming sessions will cover topics including professionalism in the modern workplace, career building and more. For details, including dates, times, locations and session subjects, access the program flyer at www.hr.upenn.edu/Learning/GettingAheadSeries2.pdf. To register for courses, visit the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click “Course Catalog” at the top of the page) or contact Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

Professionalism in the Workplace; September 25; noon–1:30 p.m.; free. How you manage yourself professionally can have an important impact on your career success. Your communication skills with managers and co-workers, how you dress, how you manage your workspace, use your cell phone, laptop and iPod, your workplace etiquette skills—all these influence how you are perceived by others, which can impact your effectiveness. This workshop will help you succeed in this early phase of your career.

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.

Penn’s guidelines on how to consider and implement flexible work options arrangements were published a decade ago, and are available online at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/worklife/flexoptions/default.aspx To further support the campus, Human Resources is offering an information session on September 10 to explain Flexible Work Options in detail, including:

• How Flexible Work Options work

• Where Flexible Work Options fit and work best

• What conditions encourage a successful plan

• What others have experienced with flexible work arrangements (presented by a panel of colleagues from around campus)

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. This Flexible Work Options Information Session is sponsored by HR and will be led by Marilyn Kraut, Human Resources Director for Quality of Worklife Programs. For information and to register, please visit the Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu.(click “Course Catalog” at the top of the page) or contact Human Resources at kraut@upenn.edu or call (215) 898-0380.

Quality of Worklife
Dealing with the demands of work and your personal life can be challenging. These free workshops led by experts from Penn’s Employee Assistance Program and Work and Family Benefits Provider, Penn Behavioral Health, offer information and support for your personal and professional life challenges. Quality of Worklife workshops include an optional Q&A period from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. For more information or to pre-register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/Quality/Workshop.aspx or call (215) 573-2471.

Making Your Emotions Work for You in Your Professional & Personal Life; September 10; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; free. This seminar explores how emotions affect our personal and professional lives and how we can harness them to generate positive outcomes. Participants will explore the roles of emotions in our lives while defining the purpose of those emotions (and debunking myths). During this session, you should develop new emotional management techniques that allow you to use your emotions—not to be used by them.

Creating Positive Impressions; September 25; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; free. This focuses on the development and maintenance of the self-esteem and affirmative self-images that allow us to make a positive impression on the world around us. Topics include self-esteem, how we perceive ourselves, and the attitudes and behaviors that can lead to being perceived positively.

Related: Penn Family Day–Saturday, October 4

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