Human Resources: Upcoming May Programs

Professional and Personal Development Programs

Open to faculty and staff. Register at

TED Talk Tuesday: Daniel Goleman, Why Aren’t We More Compassionate?; May 22; 12:30-1:30 p.m.; free. In this TED Talk video screening, the author of Emotional Intelligence describes the forces that motivate compassion and self-absorbed behavior, and ways we can tap into empathy to improve our lives.

FeedForward: Feedback for Your Future; May 23; 12:30-1:30 p.m.; free. FeedForward is Dr. Marshall Goldsmith’s technique for providing feedback in a more positive, future-oriented manner. In this program, managers will learn how to use the FeedForward technique to providing feedback to employees.

Coaching Skills for Managers; May 31; 9 a.m.-noon; $75. Coaching Skills for Managers recognizes the need for employees to feel committed to their work and is designed to help managers encourage individual performance as a means for increasing engagement and ultimately productivity rather than to use the traditional ‘command and control’ method. In this workshop, participants learn the key elements of building a successful coaching relationship and how to best implement them using a step-by-step coaching process; in addition, how to help an employee implement a development plan to individually improve their success as well as how to apply effective strategies for overcoming common coaching challenges.

Learning with Lynda: Creating Great Workplace Habits; May 31; 12:30-1:30 p.m.; free. Gretchen Rubin on Creating Great Workplace Habits is a practical and focused approach on how to apply noted happiness and habits expert Gretchen Rubin’s eye-opening research to the workplace. She introduces practical strategies to create better work habits and tips for ongoing success. With these techniques, you can build the foundation for a happier, healthier and more productive life. Learning with Lynda uses the University’s enterprise-wide license of to provide a blended learning solution to the Penn campus. Prior to attending the in-class session it is strongly recommended that you take the online Lynda module at During the classroom session we apply the concepts from the online module.


Work-Life Workshops

Open to faculty and staff. Register at

Webinar: Aging Well; May 8; noon-1 p.m.; free. As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.” This webinar will address common risk factors of aging such as falls, isolation and memory loss. We will also explore strategies for seniors to remain active and engaged, cope effectively with chronic conditions and maximize quality of life as they age.

Mindfulness Monday: From Mind Full to Mindful; May 21; 12:30-1:30 p.m.; free. Mindfulness practice develops awareness of your present thoughts and feelings to help you manage different situations. In this once-a-month experiential workshop, you’ll see how mindfulness can help you become more engaged and effective both at home and in the workplace. No prior meditation experience necessary.

Webinar: Working With Millennials; May 23; noon-1 p.m.; free. During this seminar we will look at tips and tools that can guide you in working with this mission-based generation of millennials, a generation that usually has a lot of misconceptions. We will talk about why those misconceptions are out there, and take a deeper dive into discussing what contributions and traits millennials bring to the workplace.

Guided Meditation: Take a Breath and Relax; May 25; 12:30-1:30 p.m.; free. Practice mindful breathing that focuses your attention on the present moment with kindness, compassion and awareness. Self-massage and gentle mindful movements that promote relaxation and reduce stress may also be included in the workshop. No experience necessary.


Penn Healthy You Workshops

Open to faculty and staff. Register at

Gentle Yoga; May 1, 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.

Be in the Know Biometric Screenings; May 8; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; free for benefits-eligible faculty and staff. Free on-campus biometric screenings provide you with key indicators of your health status, such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood sugar. Participants receive immediate feedback on their results—plus points toward Be in the Know cash incentives. You can earn up to $300 this campaign year! Visit for details about the 2017-2018 Be in the Know wellness campaign.

Body Pump; May 9, noon-1 p.m.; free. A toning and conditioning class with weights that is for everybody! It’s perfect for anyone who wants to add strength training into their aerobic workout. You won’t know if you don’t go. So meet the challenge and reap the rewards!

Wellness Walk; May 11, noon-1 p.m.; free.Meet up with Center for Public Health Initiatives staff at noon in front of College Hall by the Ben Franklin statue for a 2-mile walk (you may exit the walk at any time). This is a perfect opportunity to participate in Million Steps Challenge. Track your steps on Penn’s StayWell portal through device integration or manual upload. You can earn Be in the Know points when you complete one million steps. The challenge concludes on August 31, 2018. Register on StayWell’s wellness portal,, and your participation is automatically reported. Bring a colleague, your water bottle and don’t forget your sneakers!

Gentle Yoga; May 15, noon-1 p.m.; free. See May 1 program description for details.

Division of Human Resources