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Human Resources
January 27, 2009, Volume 55, No. 19

Human Resources: Upcoming Programs

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/coursecatalog or by contacting Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

American Management Association Program—Strategies for Developing Effective Presentation Skills; February 5 and 6; 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.

Brown Bag Matinee—The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Case Study in Decision Making and Consequences; February 18; noon–1 p.m.; free.
This program is not a history lesson, but rather an examination of leadership styles and processes. Listen to archival tapes as President Kennedy works with his Executive Committee to make the optimal decision in a crisis situation.  You’ll learn how to set the tone of your own decision-making meetings for openness and trust, assume the role of a leader, and develop alternatives and consider their consequences.

Franklin Covey’s FOCUS; February 20; 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; $75. When you have competing priorities and multiple deadlines, how do you know that at the end of the day you’ve accomplished not just some things, but the right things? This program will help you focus on how you spend your time. You’ll learn how to identify and concentrate on your top priorities, set goals that align with your most important objectives, effectively manage information, and reduce stress.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Self Assessment; February 24; 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’ll 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’ll do several self assessment exercises, and you’ll learn more about other self assessment opportunities available to you through career coaching at Learning and Education.

Your Body: From Head to Toe…
Taking care of your health means being well informed, well prepared, and capable of making good choices when it comes to your body.  This series of workshops, led by physicians and health experts from the University of Pennsylvania and the Health System, will address various health issues from head to toe and steps you can take to maintain a healthier lifestyle. 

Pre-registration is required for these workshops, which are sponsored by Human Resources.  You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch to the sessions.  For more information and to register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog (select “Health Promotions” from the “Browse by Category” menu) or contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@upenn.edu.

10 Strategies for Improving Your Sleep; February 11; noon–1 p.m.; free.
Sleep is essential to your health and wellbeing, yet millions of Americans suffer from a myriad of sleep disorders, and a high percentage report having sleep problems a few nights a week or more! This workshop will educate participants about the importance of sleep, the causes of sleep disorders (including insomnia), and what can be done to improve your overall quality of sleep.  It is sponsored by Human Resources and will be led by Dr. Phil Gehrman,  clinical associate of medicine, Penn Sleep Center, University of Pennsylvania Health System.

New Retirement Contribution Limits

The financial market meltdown has everyone worrying these days.  That’s why it’s more important than ever to take advantage of saving for your retirement on a pre-tax basis through Penn’s retirement plans.

In 2009, retirement contribution limits increased to $16,500 for employees under age 50 and $22,000 for employees age 50 and older.  If you’ve been employed with the University for 15 years or more, you may also be eligible for an additional catch-up contribution.

For more information about retirement contribution limits, retirement planning resources, and more, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/Benefits/Retirement, or call Penn’s Retirement Call Center at 877-PENN-RET (877-736-6738).



Almanac - January 27, 2009, Volume 55, No. 19