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Human Resources: Upcoming Programs

October 18, 2011, Volume 58, No. 08

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 register for programs by visiting the online course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalogor by contacting Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

Essentials of Management; begins November 1; multiple dates with multiple times; $250. If you’re a Penn manager, this program is for you. Learn the most effective management skills as well as the Penn policies necessary for a successful and productive workplace. You’ll be part of a cohort of fellow managers and have the opportunity to complete a 360-degree assessment instrument (and interpret those results with an executive coach).

Emerging Collaboration Technologies: Blogs, Wikis, SharePoint; November 1; 2:30–4:30 p.m.; $40. Want to share information and communicate more easily with your colleagues? See how emerging technologies like wikis, blogs, Microsoft SharePoint and podcasts can help streamline your work.

Writing Efficient Email; November 8; 9 a.m.–noon; $75. Email is a fast and easy way to communicate on the job. But how do you ensure your message gets the attention it deserves? This webinar will show you how to write effective emails that get the job done.

Brown Bag Matinee—Corporate Legends and Lore; November 9; noon–1 p.m.; free. Every organization has unique legends and lore that become part of the very fabric of its identity. These corporate stories have tremendous power to increase productivity, implement change, and motivate employees. Corporate Legends and Lore demonstrates how you can tell stories about heroes, survivors, letting off steam, and more to motivate others and build personal influence.

Unlocking the Secrets of the Penn Library; November 9; noon–1:30 p.m.; free. Discover the ways the library can work for you. Learn how to access 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 Library. You’re welcome to attend just the informational session.

Critical Thinking Essentials: Applying Critical Thinking Skills; November 9; 1:30–4:30 p.m.; $50. Good decision-making starts with critical thinking, and we’ll show you how to do it! This workshop will teach you to think critically and how to be more successful when it comes to handling workplace issues.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Interview Skills; November 16; noon–1 p.m.; free. Wondering how to set yourself apart from other job applicants? Discover the elements of effective interviews and how to successfully market yourself and your skills in order to ace your next interview.

Diversity Brown Bag—Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); November 17; noon–1 p.m.; free. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) provides protection from discrimination on the basis of disability. This workshop will give you an overview of the ADA and how to apply it to Penn. You’ll learn about relevant Penn policies, the best ways to identify reasonable accommodations, how to incorporate people with disabilities into the workplace, and more.

Meeting Madness; November 21; 9 a.m.–noon; $50. Are your meetings dull and uninspiring? Do you want to make meetings more valuable for your department? If so, this workshop is for you. Learn how to plan meetings that’ll engage your team and meet your business goals. You’ll also discover strategies to help turn bad meetings into more productive and useful sessions.

Technical Tips…at Your Fingertips

Improve your technical skills with these 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/coursecatalogand selecting “webinars” from the Browse by Category menu. Or contact Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400 for more details.

Overcoming Email Overload; November 3; 2:10–2:50 p.m.; $40. Is your email inbox bursting at the seams? Get fast and easy tips that’ll cut down on your email volume and help you organize your messages in a more effective way.

Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Techniques; November 8; 12:30–2 p.m.; $40. Microsoft Excel is chock full of features that can help support your work objectives—and this webinar will highlight them. Learn advanced features such as data entry, manipulation and presentation; enabling multiple users to share workbooks and track and edit changes; and creating templates.

Advanced Microsoft Office Excel Pivot Table and Macros Crash Course; November 22; 2:30–4:30 p.m.; $40. You already know how to enter data using Microsoft Excel. But what about using pivot tables and macros to present your data in new and creative ways? We’ll show you how to leverage the power of these two important features in Excel.

Healthy Living

Get the tools you need to live well year-round. From expert nutrition and weight loss advice to exercise and disease prevention strategies, we can help you kick-start your body and embrace a healthy lifestyle. These free workshops are sponsored by Human Resources. For complete details and to register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/workshops.aspx or contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@upenn.edu.

Weight Loss: What’s the Best Approach for Me?; November 9; noon–1 p.m.; free. You’ve decided you want to win your battle with the bulge. So what’s the next step? Come to this workshop to learn about various weight loss possibilities, including bariatric surgery and other non-surgical options. This workshop will be led by Amy Cha, assistant professor of surgery, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

Q&A with a Nutrition Expert; November 30; noon–1 p.m.; free. Discover how nutrition and exercise promote healthful aging, fitness, performance and weight management. You’ll also 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. For details and to register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalogor contact HR at (215) 573-2471 or gstull@upenn.edu.

Making Your Emotions Work for You in Your Professional and Personal Life; November 10; noon–1 p.m.; free. Emotions can play a powerful role in your life, and we’ll show you how to take advantage of them. Find out how to use your emotions to generate positive results in your personal and professional life. You’ll discover how they affect your perspective and contribute to your decision-making process in and out of the workplace.

Relaxation Techniques for a Stressful World; November 29; noon–1 p.m.; free. Want to shut the door on stress? We can help! Come learn about different relaxation techniques that can help minimize your stress at work and at home. We’ll show you how muscle relaxation, breathing techniques, and mind imagery can rejuvenate you and get you on the road to a healthy, happy and stress-free lifestyle.

Related: Manage Your Life Better With Penn's Flexible Work Options

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