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Human Resources Upcoming Programs

April 26, 2011, Volume 57, No. 31

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.

Successfully Starting Your Writing Project; May 17; 2:30–4 p.m.; $40. Learn how to write quickly and effectively on the job. This webinar will show you how to overcome procrastination and write more productively. You’ll learn proven techniques for starting—and finishing—a polished writing project.

Brown Bag Matinee—Harassment: A New Look; May 25; noon–1 p.m.; free. Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act forbids harassment and discrimination based on a person’s race, color, religion, sex and national origin. But many types of harassment, like workplace bullying, aren’t necessarily covered by this landmark law. This film will raise your awareness of harassment in today’s workplace—from joking and intimidation to cyber bullying and sexting.

Effective Meetings; May 25; 12:30–2:30 p.m.; $40. Do you ever leave a meeting and wonder how useful it was? Well-designed meetings allow for creativity, problem-solving and the opportunity to accomplish specific goals. But they aren’t always easy to plan. If you’re looking for ways to make your meetings more effective, we’ll show you how. This webinar will teach you how to prepare useful agendas and communicate effectively during meetings, whether online or in-person. You’ll also learn a variety of online meeting and collaboration tools to make your meetings more efficient and successful.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Leaving Your Job and Moving on Professionally; May 26; noon–1 p.m.; free. There’s a lot to consider when you decide to transition into a new job. From salary requirements to the type of work you’ll be doing to potential growth opportunities, this workshop will help prepare you for moving up to your next job at Penn or elsewhere. You’ll learn strategies for leaving a position professionally, how to notify others, and leaving your job in proper shape for someone else.

Essentials of Management; May 31; multiple dates with multiple times; $250. Learn the most effective management tools, skills and information to do your job well. Essentials of Management is a unique program that’s customized for new managers and experienced managers who are new to Penn. It’s designed to help you excel in your job and career. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in a 360-degree feedback process that will provide valuable data about your current skills and discuss the results with a professional performance coach. Plus, you’ll be part of a cohort of fellow managers who can provide invaluable peer experience and support.

Technical Tips…at Your Fingertips

Improve your technical skills with new online workshops. Human Resources is offering a series of webinars that’ll teach you tips and shortcuts for programs like Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Learn the latest tools and techniques right from your own desktop. You can register for programs by visiting the Human Resources online course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog and selecting “webinars” from the Browse by Category menu. Or contact Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400 for more details.

Managing and Organizing Your Email Inbox Using Microsoft Outlook; May 10; 12:30–2 p.m.; $40. If you’re looking for ways to manage your email inbox and avoid email overload, this webinar is for you. You’ll learn techniques and shortcuts that will save you time and help you get maximum results from your email. Topics include customizing and setting flags, creating categories to organize your inbox, using tasks and the calendar, organizing and archiving your messages and more.

Microsoft Office 2007—Tips and Tricks Crash Course; May 10; 2:30–4 p.m.; $40. Take your Microsoft Office skills to the next level. This webinar will teach you powerful techniques that can save you time and help you get the results you want. You’ll learn shortcuts for handling your email in Outlook; become a pro at building templates in PowerPoint; get some advanced styling and formatting tips for Word; and see how to create lists and reports in Excel.

Microsoft Excel 2007 Techniques; May 17; 12:30–2 p.m.; $40. Microsoft Excel is chock full of features that can help support your work objectives—and this webinar will show you how to use them. You’ll learn advanced features such as data entry, manipulation and presentation; enabling multiple users to share workbooks and track and edit changes; and creating templates. This webinar is ideal for individuals who are familiar with Excel and want to enhance your current skills and understanding of the application.

Microsoft Excel Pivot Tables; May 24; noon–2 p.m.; $40. Learn how to leverage the power of pivot tables to analyze and present your data in exciting ways. This webinar will teach you how to prepare information for pivot tables, perform advanced analysis and comparison of data, filter and format reports, add formulas to charts and tables, and incorporate pivot table reports into Microsoft Word documents.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 Techniques; May 25; 12:30–2 p.m.; $40. Enhance your skills and discover the power of Microsoft PowerPoint. This webinar will teach you how to format and manipulate presentations so you’re conveying information in a compelling way. You’ll learn about data presentation, multi-media and self-running presentations, using templates and shortcuts, and more.

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 our online course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog or contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@upenn.edu.

Bariatric Surgery and Other Options; May 4; noon–1 p.m.; free. Bariatric surgery—also known as weight loss surgery—can be a confusing procedure. But we’ll teach you the ABCs of the process. You’ll learn what bariatric surgery involves and the risks associated with it. We’ll also discuss factors that make you a good candidate for this procedure as well as other non-surgical options. This workshop will be led by Dr. Amy Cha, assistant professor of surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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 the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/workshops.aspxor contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@upenn.edu

Q&A with a Nutrition Expert; May 10; noon–1 p.m.; free. This dynamic workshop will help you understand how nutrition and exercise promote healthful aging, fitness, performance and weight management. Learn what a nutritious diet entails and how to recognize and change poor eating habits. This workshop will be led by Stella Volpe, associate professor of nutrition, School of Nursing.

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 at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalogor contact Human Resources at (215) 573-2471 or kenne@upenn.edu.

How to Handle Conflict in the Workplace; May 5; noon–1 p.m.; free. The workplace is a natural source of stress for many of us, but we can help you overcome obstacles and make your office an inviting place to be. This workshop will teach you how to reduce the likelihood of conflict amongst your colleagues and keep arguments to a minimum. You’ll discover a variety of approaches to conflict resolution, and find one that works best for you.

Penn’s Quit Smoking Program

Starting this May, the School of Medicine’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction (CIRNA) will run monthly information sessions about their new smoking cessation research study: MAPS for Quitting Smoking. Visit the Human Resources online course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog and choose “Health Promotions” from the Browse by Category section.

MAPS for Quit Smoking Program Orientation Session; May 3; noon–1 p.m.; free. The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction (CIRNA) will teach you about biological factors that can help you quit smoking. Eligible participants will be reimbursed for your time and efforts and receive nicotine replacement therapy, online training support and smoking cessation counseling at no cost.


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