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Human Resources: Upcoming Programs
February 24, 2009, Volume 55, No. 23

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

Unlocking the Secrets of the Penn Library. March 10; 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-Dietrich Library. Participants are welcome to attend just the informational session.

Teams: Who, What, When, Why & How. March 12 and 13; 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; $75. Teams are more than simply a group of people working together. They can be an enormously effective way to create synergy and produce outstanding results. Or they can be a colossal waste of an individual’s time. The difference is in the planning and the planning consists of answering some very basic questions: What is a team? Why use a team? When is it appropriate?  Who should belong to the team?  How will we accomplish our objective? This program will provide answers to these questions and more.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Preparing for your Performance Appraisal. March 18; noon–1 p.m.; free.The key to getting the most out of your performance appraisal is preparation. This workshop will walk you through the preparation process, and introduce some techniques you can use to communicate effectively during the appraisal itself

Writing Efficient E-Mail. March 24; 9 a.m.–noon; $75. Ever wonder if you’re getting your point across effectively in e-mails? This workshop will help you learn the components of good writing and how to apply them so that you write clear, concise, active and well-organized e-mail. Find out what makes e-mail writing and etiquette different from any other format of business writing. Acquiring micro- and macro-editing skills by revising your own work is an integral part of the class.

Brown Bag Matinee—Painless Performance Improvement. March 25; noon–1 p.m.; free. Real change can only occur when the decision to change comes from within. This session will help managers to focus on performance over attitude, intervene rather than confront and gain the skills to recognize and deflect common sidetracks.

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.

Chronic Back and Neck Pain: What Can I Do? March 17; noon–1 p.m.; free.While many cases of acute back and/or neck pain are treatable, chronic back and/or neck pain can be more difficult to manage. Because the causes of chronic pain are often difficult to determine, a treatment plan may require complex therapies, and it may take you longer to find relief. This workshop will teach you about the causes, symptoms, prevention, and treatment of chronic back and neck pain. It will be led by Dr. Nader Hebela, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Arthritis: Alternative Approaches to Prevent and Relieve Joint Disease. March 26; noon–1 p.m.; free.Do you suffer from the pain and stiffness of arthritis? Would you like to learn how to manage your symptoms? This workshop will teach you the facts about arthritis and alternative therapies for it, including pain management, medications, exercises, nutrition, relaxation, stress management, and more! It will be led by Dr. Gwo Chin-Lee, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

—Division of Human Resources


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