HR: Upcoming Programs
January 20, 2015, Volume 61, No. 19
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 visitingknowledgelink.upenn.edu or contacting Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.
Take Control and Find Harmony Among Competing Demands of Work and Home; 2/10; noon-1 p.m.; $18. This workshop, facilitated by Wharton Professor Stewart Friedman, will give you the tools to assess the interactions of four domains: work, home, community and the private self. You’ll create short-term and long-term strategies to begin to reach your goal in finding harmony among these domains. The $18 fee covers the cost of the required book, Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life. You will receive the book at the workshop. If you have previously purchased the book you will not be charged the $18 fee.
Groupthink; 2/11; 1-2 p.m. Discover why “Groupthink” (a natural tendency to achieve agreement for the sake of group unity despite contrary facts or potential outcomes) causes even the most cohesive, well-intentioned groups to make decisions that turn out to be monumental errors. The video will review the Challenger Space Shuttle crash and other events from history to show how groups can easily make big mistakes. Participants will learn eight groupthink systems and how to avoid them.
Managing Multiple Projects, Objectives and Deadlines; 2/17; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; $75. Learn how to get and keep control of concurrent projects, competing priorities and critical deadlines. You can master valuable new skills that will build your project management capabilities. This seminar provides everything you need to know about multiplying the results you get each day. You’ll gain vital new insights into how to maximize your on-the-job effectiveness.
Developing Your Professional Image and Presence; 2/18; 1-2 p.m. What we say, how we say it, our body language, dress, workplace demeanor and more. All of these factors contribute to our professional presence and affect how we are perceived in the workplace. By the end of this session, you will know how to establish a professional presence and a personal brand that elevates you in your workplace.
Brown Bag: Nobody’s Listening; 2/24; noon-1 p.m. Would you like to improve your level of communication by being a better listener? After completing this class you will:
-Better understand your personal communication habits and recognize that listening is largely under your personal control.
-Appreciate the role of attention in listening and building effective communications.
-Understand that listening at different levels produces differing results.
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 complete details and to register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/myhr/registration or contact Human Resources at (215) 573-2471 or email@example.com
New and Expectant Parent Briefing; 2/6; noon- 1 p.m. This is an introductory resource briefing designed for expectant parents and those who are new to parenting or child care. Participants will learn about local and university childcare and parenting resources, including breastfeeding support and the nursing mothers program, childcare locators, back-up care, adjusting to new schedules and flexible work options. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with other expectant and new parents.
Debunking the Common Myths of Aging; 2/12; noon-1 p.m. In this workshop, Professor Sarah Kagan of Penn Nursing Science will share experiences and facts to help you debunk the common myths around aging, including the myths of losing independence and becoming disconnected.
Legal Document Planning: Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning; 2/17; noon-1 p.m. Have you ever lost a loved one and no one knew what they wanted to happen when they were gone? Does your family know what you want to have happen if you are not able to make decisions for yourself? Do you have children? Do you know what your loved ones would want to happen if they were on life support? Does your family know what you want to have happen when you pass on? Come and join us for this important discussion as we learn about what to consider when planning for the end of life.
Introduction to Mindfulness; 2/23; noon-1 p.m. From Psychology Today to Harvard Business Review, mindfulness has been in the news a lot lately, but what exactly does it mean? Mindfulness practice develops awareness of your present thoughts and feelings to help you manage different situations. In this workshop, we’ll explore the science and philosophy behind mindfulness and learn its potential benefits. You’ll see how mindfulness can help you become more engaged and effective both at home and in the workplace.
Retirement Plan Brown Bag; 2/27; noon-1 p.m. Are you contributing to Penn’s retirement plan? Do you understand how the plan works? If you’d like to learn more, please join us for a brown bag session in which we’ll discuss: why you should contribute, who is eligible, how the plans work together, what your investment options are, when you can access your money and who to contact if you need help. There will be an opportunity to enroll after the brown bag. Bring your lunch and questions!
Healthy Living Workshops
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/myhr/registration or contact Human Resources at (215) 573-2471 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair Yoga; 2/4; also 2/18; noon–1 p.m. Interested in trying yoga but don’t know where to start? Join us for our chair yoga series! You get the same benefits of a regular yoga workout (like increased strength, flexibility and balance) but don’t have to master complex poses. Chair yoga can even better your breathing and teach you how to relax your mind and improve your wellbeing.
Gentle Yoga; 2/12; also 2/26; noon–1 p.m.; free. Let your body reward itself with movement! Join us for this Gentle Yoga session and explore the natural movements of the spine with slow and fluid moving bends and soft twists. During this session, you will flow into modified sun salutations that loosen those tightened muscles and joints of the lower back, neck, shoulders and wrists. And as an added bonus, you’ll get a workout in the process. Mats and props will be provided.
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