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Human Resources: Upcoming Programs
October 28, 2008, Volume 55, No. 10

Flexible Work Options Information Session

Flexible Work Options can support Penn’s efforts to attract and retain top talent, maximize productivity, and expand services, while individual employees may benefit from the ability to pursue professional development opportunities, manage work and family responsibilities, and more. Penn’s guidelines on how to propose and implement flexible work options arrangements are available from the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/Quality/Worklife/FlexOptions.

Information Session Explaining Flexible Work Options; November 12, noon–1:30 p.m.; free. We will explain in detail:

• How Flexible Work Options work

• Where Flexible Work Options fit & 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. For information and to register, visit the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click “Course Catalog” at the top; select “Flexible Work Options” from the Browse by Category menu) or contact HR at kraut@upenn.edu or (215) 898-0380.

Getting Ahead: For Young Professionals

Young professionals face a unique set of challenges in the workplace—and also have the opportunity to make tremendous strides. Human Resources is offering new sessions in its ongoing program Getting Ahead: A Series for Young Professionals. Details are available at www.hr.upenn.edu/Learning/GettingAheadSeries2.pdf. To register, visit the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click “Course Catalog” at the top) or contact Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

“Career Building” Panel; November 19; noon–1:30 p.m.; free. Penn offers a wealth of opportunities for professional and career development. Are you curious about how others at Penn develop their careers? Wondering about how to attain your next job at Penn? Hear some success stories from an interesting panel of Penn staff who will share their “career building” stories.

Professional and Personal Development

Improve your skills and get ahead in your career by taking advantage of the 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), or by contacting Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

Diversity Brown Bag: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); November 6; noon–1 p.m.; free. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) provides protection from discrimination for individuals on the basis of disability. This program will explain the ADA as it pertains to the workplace. Topics will include relevant Penn policies and procedures, the best ways to identify reasonable accommodations, how to incorporate people with disabilities into the workplace, and more. Participants will also learn about the various campus offices that can provide valuable resources for individuals with disabilities and for those who wish to support them.

Introduction to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator; November 7; 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.

Words at Work; November 10, 14 and 21; 9 a.m.–noon; $75. This participatory writing program is designed to provide you with an updated, practical, no-nonsense perspective on today’s business writing. The program challenges long-held assumptions about the “right” way to communicate, and provides you with writing tools within a broad context of understanding the dynamics of written communication.

Brown Bag Matinee: Corporate Legends and Lore; November 11; noon–1 p.m.; free. Every organization has unique legends and lore that become part of the very fabric of its identity. These corporate stories have tremendous power to increase productivity, implement change, and motivate employees. When well-timed and skillfully told, one story can accomplish more than a thousand memos. Corporate Legends and Lore demonstrates how you can tell stories about heroes, survivors, letting off steam, and more to motivate others and build personal influence.

Unlocking the Secrets of the Penn Library; November 13; noon–1:30 p.m.; free. Discover the ways the Library can work for you. Learn how to access over 10,000 electronic journals and reference sources, get personalized research assistance, or simply take out the latest New York Times bestseller. This session includes a 30-minute walking tour of Van Pelt Library. Participants are welcome to attend just the informational session.

Managing Cross-Cultural Communication in a Global Penn Community: What You Need to Know to Support Your International Scholars and Staff; November 18; 9 a.m.–noon; free. This session will help business administrators, managers and PIs develop a greater understanding of the behaviors and practices international scholars and staff may bring with them from their home cultures. You’ll study how values, perceptions and expectations differ between cultures; how to manage conflicts and problems with international scholars/staff; and what you need to know about the workplace dynamics, behaviors and practices in international cultures. Get practical tips for working with international staff, and acquire a “global” understanding that will help you better support the international scholars and staff in your department.

Career Focus Brown Bag: Effective Networking; November 20; noon–1 p.m.; free. Networking is a key component to career success, yet many people still wonder just what it is and how to do it. In this session, you will learn about the fundamentals of networking: why it is so important both professionally and personally, and how to develop your skills and increase your comfort level with it.

Heart Health

Keeping your heart fit is one of the most important things you can do to improve your chances of good health throughout your life. These workshops, led by physicians and health experts from UPHS, will cover the facts and answer your questions about maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle. Pre-registration is required for this special fall series. You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch to the sessions. For information and to register, visit the online Course Catalog atwww.hr.upenn.edu (click “Course Catalog”) or contact HR at suzsmith@upenn.edu or (215) 898-5116.

Discovering the Keys to Weight Management for a Healthier You; November 19; noon–1 p.m.; free. A new year is approaching—time for a new and healthier you! This workshop will walk you through the steps to weight management. Learn to set goals, find a support network, and identify a weight loss program that meets your needs. You should leave this workshop feeling confident in your understanding of the weight management techniques and tools that are available to you. This workshop is led by Dr. Anthony Fabricatore, assistant professor of psychology in psychiatry at the School of Medicine, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders.

Palpitations: Why Do I Have Them? What Do They Mean? What Can I Do?; November 25; noon–1 p.m.; free. Palpitations are often described as sensations of irregular and/or forceful beatings of the heart. Nearly everyone experiences an occasional awareness of their heart beating, but when it occurs frequently, it can indicate a problem. This workshop will give you the skills and knowledge you need to better understand palpitations in general and what to look for in more serious cases. You should leave the workshop with added knowledge of and a better understanding of the different types and causes of palpitations. This workshop will be led by Dr. Ralph Verdino, director, Electrophysiology Fellowship Program, associate professor of medicine, HUP.

Nutrition Workshops

If you’re like most people, you have plenty of questions about nutrition: What should I eat before and after a workout? How can I choose smarter, healthier foods at the grocery store or in a restaurant? Which vitamins should I be taking, if any? Get answers to these questions and more when you join Human Resources for an ongoing series of nutrition workshops. For more information about the workshops and to register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/workshops.aspx or contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@upenn.edu.

Mindful Eating; October 29; noon–1 p.m.; free. Do you find yourself rushing through a meal or snack, just to find you overdid it? Do you eat in response to boredom or stress, instead of when you are really hungry? Mindful eating helps you re-learn how to recognize your body’s true feelings of hunger, satiety, and appetite, instead of just eating “mindlessly”. This can help improve weight and overall health. Come and learn tips that will help you negotiate the holidays! This workshop will be led by Linda Sartor, clinical nutrition specialist and certified diabetes educator in HUP’s Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism.

Quality of Worklife Workshops

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 time at the end for some Q&A. For more information or to register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/Quality/Workshop.aspx or call (215) 573-2471.

Generating Respect; November 5; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; free. This workshop explores how to position yourself in a way that elicits respect from others in a personal, and especially in a professional, capacity. Participants will learn to understand the building blocks that generate respect, to identify obstacles that can derail the respect-building process, to recognize behaviors that lead to disrespect, and to articulate the skills that earn respect.

Gaining Control of the Eldercare Systems;November 20; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; free. This is designed to help caregivers and other interested parties learn about current trends in various systems offering support to the elderly and how to successfully navigate those systems, including Social Security and Medicare. Other topics will include supplemental security income, and insurance issues

—Division of Human Resources




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