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HR: Worklife Benefits

October 5, 2010, Volume 57, No. 06

This is the first in a series of articles this October that honors National Work and Family Month—
a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of worklife benefits.


Getting the Support You Need as a New Parent

Adopting a child is an exciting and rewarding experience, but parenthood can also be challenging as it brings new responsibilities and financial obligations to your life. At Penn, we recognize these difficulties and want to help. If you’re planning to adopt a child, consider taking advantage of the University’s adoption assistance benefit.

To help ease the financial impact, eligible faculty and staff can be reimbursed for up to $5,000 in qualified adoption expenses, such as court and attorney fees, traveling expenses and other costs directly related to the adoption of a child. For more information and to review Penn’s Adoption Assistance Policy, visit the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/worklife/adoption.aspx.

It’s important to understand the full array of benefits Penn offers to help get your family off to the right start. From time off to financial support to help with finding dependent care services, faculty and staff have access to a number of benefits when it comes to raising a family. Visit the new child benefits website at www.hr.upenn.edu/benefits/medical/newchild.aspxto learn more.


Penn Certificate Program in Administrative Excellence

Administrative professionals are accustomed to handling multiple responsibilities on a daily basis, but success in this role calls for continuously honing and refining your abilities. If you’re an administrative professional looking to enhance your skills, consider enrolling in the Penn Certificate Program in Administrative Excellence. Offered annually, the 2010 Penn Certificate Program in Administrative Excellence will begin on December 1.

This multi-session, cohort-based program is ideal for frontline, support and administrative staff. Topics will include office organization, communication style and skills, time and stress management, handling interruptions, business writing, managing multiple projects, negotiating, and working effectively with your manager. You’ll also learn how to effectively build your professional network and clarify your individual career plan. For more information and to register, visit the Division of Human Resources online course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog.

—Division of Human Resources

Almanac - October 5, 2010, Volume 57, No. 06