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Human Resources: Upcoming Programs
October 20, 2009, Volume 56, No. 08

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

Mentors@Penn Information Session; November 4; noon–1 p.m.; free. Mentoring provides many benefits and opportunities, whether you’re 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. Learn more about the Mentors@Penn program and how to apply.

Diversity Brown Bag—Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); November 18; 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 including relevant Penn policies and procedures, the best ways to identify reasonable accommodations, how to incorporate people with disabilities into the workplace, and the various campus offices that can provide valuable resources for individuals with disabilities and for those who wish to support them.

Brown Bag Matinee—Four Weeks in May; November 19; noon–1 p.m.; free. The Indianapolis 500 is one of the toughest competitions in the world. Four Weeks in May profiles the Rahal/Letterman Team in their attempt to win this race. Their efforts demonstrate that in order to succeed, you need to have skilled drivers, excellent equipment, a highly-coordinated team and strong leadership. This model for success can be adapted for your work environment as well. Watch this video to learn their techniques for building an award-winning team and discuss ways to adopt new practices with your colleagues in the workplace.

Unlocking the Secrets of the Penn Library; November 19; 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.

Introduction to Myers-Briggs Type Indicator; November 20; 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.

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. This fall, Human Resources is offering a new session in its ongoing program Getting Ahead: A Series for Young Professionals. To register, visit the online course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog or contact Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

Discovering Your Strengths; November 5; noon–1:30 p.m.; free. While many of us are aware of our individual strengths, some of us have learned to focus more on our weaknesses instead. Marcus Buckingham—a well-known author whose work helps people identify their strengths—suggests that you can be more effective, successful, and fulfilled at work when you play to your strengths rather than your weaknesses. This program is based on Buckingham’s theories and includes interactive exercises to help you learn how to identify your strengths and use them more productively at work. You’ll also learn how to overcome obstacles that can prevent you from focusing on your strengths.

Your Body: From Head to Toe—Part 2

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 the online course catalog or contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@upenn.edu.

Keeping Your Stomach Happy: The Facts about Common GI Disorders; November 4; noon–1 p.m.; free. A lot of us are familiar with the lingering discomforts associated with indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, and other gastrointestinal issues. The good news is that you can take steps to prevent the side effects brought on by certain behaviors and disorders. It’s all about keeping your stomach happy, and this workshop will teach you how. The program will be led by Faten Aberra, assistant professor of medicine, gastroenterology, School of Medicine.

Peripheral Nerve Disorders and Neuropathy: What You Need to Know; November 5; noon–1 p.m.; free. Peripheral nerves, the nerves found outside the brain and spinal cord, are a collection of motor and sensory fibers that originate from many different kinds of neurons. Neuropathy is damage to the sensory and motor fibers found in peripheral nerves and is one of the most common neurologic disorders. This workshop will teach you about the symptoms, causes, and treatment for disorders of peripheral nerves. It will be led by Toby Ferguson, neuromuscular division, School of Medicine.

What Keeps You Up At Night?: The Basics on Common Sleep Disorders; November 17; noon–1 p.m.; free. Do you ever have difficulty falling and/or staying asleep? Sleep disorders are common issues that affect millions of people every year. This workshop will teach you about sleep disorders such as insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome. You’ll also learn about sleep hygiene, alternatives to sleep disorder medications, and some simple steps you can take to promote better sleep.  This workshop will be led by Norma Cuellar, assistant professor, School of Nursing.

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.

Q&A with a Nutrition Expert; November 18; noon–1 p.m.; free. It’s no surprise that nutrition and exercise are vital to a healthy lifestyle. In this dynamic workshop, you’ll learn how nutrition and exercise promote healthful aging, fitness, performance, and weight management. The Q&A will emphasize the benefits of healthy eating, healthful thinking, and how to stay fit. Learn what a nutritious diet entails and how to recognize and change poor eating habits. You’ll also receive great recommendations for how to maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle.

Quality of Worklife Workshops

Dealing with the demands of work and your personal life can be challenging. These free workshops, sponsored by Human Resources and led by experts from Penn’s Employee Assistance Program and Quality of Worklife Department, offer information and support for your personal and professional life challenges. Pre-registration is required. You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch to the sessions. For more information or to register, visit the Human Resources online course catalog or contact Human Resources at (215) 573-2471 or kenne@upenn.edu.

Managing Up; November 11; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; free. Having a positive and productive work relationship with your supervisor is vital. This seminar will teach you how to manage yourself in such a way that promotes camaraderie between you and your supervisor. You’ll learn how to be assertive and how to communicate with your supervisor so he or she understands your work style and how to maximize your productivity.

Professional Assertiveness; November 19; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; free. This seminar will teach you about methodologies of professional communication and how to use assertiveness to enhance your professional growth. Participants will learn about the characteristics of assertive behavior, responses to situations, choosing your battles, obstacles to being assertive, and the relationship between assertiveness, self-confidence and professionalism.

—Division of Human Resources

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