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Division of Human Resources – Upcoming HR Programs
September 26, 2006, Volume 53, No. 5

Further your professional and personal development by taking advantage of upcoming Human Resources programs.  Note that you must pre-register for all programs by visiting the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click on Course Catalog at top of page).

Professional & Personal Development

Take advantage of the many development opportunities provided by Human Resources!  Simply pre-register for programs by visiting the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click on Course Catalog at the top of the page), or contact Learning and Education at www.hr.upenn.edu/learning or (215) 898-3400.

Professional Development Program—Franklin Covey’s FOCUS;October 12; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $75. Competing priorities. Multiple deadlines. A hundred unanswered e-mails. This engaging, highly interactive workshop will give you the tools to increase productivity, enhance your chances of success, keep focused, effectively manage all the information that comes across your desk, and reduce your stress level.

Brown Bag Matinee—If Looks Could Kill; October 18; noon to 1 p.m.; free. This video program reveals that behavior can be a powerful tool when used positively for the good of all, or a dangerous weapon when we attack with negative behavior. It uncovers why an individual can be pleasant to one person, then offensive to another, simply in response to that person's behavior.

Professional Development Program—Unlocking the Secrets of the Penn Library;October 19; noon to 1:30 p.m.; free. Learn about all the Penn Library has to offer, including over 10,000 electronic journals and reference sources, more than 5 million print and multi-media titles, personalized research assistance, videos and DVDs, and recent popular fiction and bestsellers.  A one-hour information session will be followed by an optional 30-minute walking tour of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library.

Professional Development Program—Creating Respectful Workplaces;October 25; 9 a.m. to noon; free. Everyone wants to be in a workplace where they feel comfortable to be themselves, pursue their goals, and be respected for who they are and recognized for what they contribute.  Unfortunately, it isn't as easy as it sounds. This program will address such topics as discrimination, harassment and how to understand differences that may create a respectful workplace.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Resume and Cover Letter Clinic;October 30; noon to 1 p.m.; free. Resumes and cover letters are your tools to market yourself for your next position. We’ll discuss how to focus on the employer’s needs versus your own, how to inspire and excite the employer, and language to catch the employer’s attention. Bring your resume and cover letter along. 

Breathing Easy Health Promotion Series for Fall 2006

Penn’s health trend reports show that our faculty and staff, and their family members, are requiring increased medical care for respiratory illness.  To help you and your family avoid the complications of this critical health issue, we’ve developed a “Breathing Easy” series of free, monthly lunchtime presentations.  Join us to view topical videos provided by Independence Blue Cross (IBC) and learn from medical specialists from the University of Pennsylvania Health System.  For more information and/or to pre-register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/workshops.asp or contact Human Resources at (215) 573-2471 or fitzpatl@hr.upenn.edu.

Is It a Cold?  The Flu?  Do I Need Antibiotics? October 11; noon to 1 p.m.; free. Flu season is right around the corner, and this presentation focuses on recognizing the difference between a cold and the flu to understand when to seek further treatment.  Presented by Marie Whitehead, MS, RD, from the Penn Lung Center.

Work-Life Balance Workshops

Dealing with the demands of work and personal life can be challenging.  That’s why we offer a variety of free workshops led by experts from Penn’s Employee Assistance Program and Work & Family Benefit provider, Penn Behavioral Health, to offer information and support for your personal and professional life challenges.  Note that each workshop listed below will include an optional Q&A period from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m..  For more information and/or to pre-register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/workshop.asp or call (215) 573-2471.

Managing Conflict;October 5; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; free. This dynamic seminar looks at the realities of conflict while walking participants through the steps of how to harness conflict to generate positive outcomes.  Participants will learn the nature and characteristics of conflict as well as effective ways of handling conflict. 

Reducing Pressure on the College Application Process;October 19; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; free. This seminar is designed to “take a couple of steps back” and explore methods of applying to colleges that do not produce unhealthy amounts of stress. Participants will learn how to market the prospective student through resumes, essays, letters of recommendation, and interviews; how to develop a timeline of effective college planning; and how to take care of yourself and the applicant through this process. 

Note: For personalized assistance with dependent care issues and personal well-being, contact Penn’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Work & Family Services provider, Penn Behavioral Health, at 1-888-321-4433 or www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/eap.asp, or go to the EAP website at www.pennbehavioralhealth.org.  For questions on QOWL programs, contact Human Resources at fitzpatl@hr.upenn.edu or (215) 573-2471.

Division of Human Resources

Almanac - September 26, 2006, Volume 53, No. 5