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Human Resources: Upcoming Programs
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March 18, 2008, Volume 54, No. 25

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 (click “Course Catalog” at the top of the page), or by contacting Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

Conflict Resolution: A Win-Win Approach; April 16; noon–1 p.m.; free. Conflict in the workplace should be addressed in order to maintain productivity, increase retention rates and improve morale. Failure to address conflict often leads to an escalation of the problem, and to unproductive behaviors such as resentment, displacement or defensiveness. This video will help you find a win-win solution and master techniques such as recognizing the sources of conflict, assuming the role of a mediator, and developing active communication skills.

Mentors@Penn Information Session; April 24; noon–1 p.m.; free. Mentoring provides many benefits and opportunities, whether you are a mentor or mentee. Through a mentoring relationship, you can learn and grow, increase your own job satisfaction, and focus on your professional and career goals. At this information session, you will learn more about the program and find out how to apply.

Your Next Job at Penn; April 30; noon–1 p.m.; free. This workshop will focus on strategies for finding your next job at Penn. Using both formal and informal job search methods will help you maximize your opportunities. We’ll talk about clarifying your goals, networking and how to focus on your strengths and skills in your resume. Whether you are looking to change direction in your career or move up to your next challenge, an attractive and effective resume is a must.

Stress Management
Improve your quality of life by taking part in the spring “Stress Management” wellness series. Jobs, families and relationships can all be sources of stress in today’s world—it’s important to have an effective coping strategy to help you manage these pieces and more. For more information about Stress Management sessions and to register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu (click on “Course Catalog” at the top of the screen, then select “Work-Life Balance” from the “Browse by Category” menu) or contact Human Resources at suzsmith@exchange.upenn.edu or (215) 898-5116.

Handling Relationship Stress; April 16; 11:30 a.m–1 p.m.; free. This workshop will help you to explore the dynamics of couples who handle jobs, children, elder care, and other demands, and will offer methods for keeping relationships fresh despite these many challenges. You should leave the workshop feeling confident in your ability to understand important perspectives regarding how we look at each other, utilize communication and collaboration techniques, and plan effective relationships.

Parenting 101: All Ages, All Stages
Parenting has its challenges and opportunities at every developmental stage. This series will offer an understanding about how to deal with the challenges, maximize the opportunities, and maintain a constructive relationship with your child at every age. For details on Parenting 101 sessions and to register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu (click on “Course Catalog” at the top of the screen, then select “Work-Life Balance” from the “Browse by Category” menu) or contact Human Resources at suzsmith@exchange.upenn.edu or (215) 898-5116.

Parenting Your Pre-teen and Teen: Navigating Turbulent Times; April 23; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; free. This workshop focuses on the shifts and changes that occur in the relationship between parents and growing-up children. Participants will receive concrete suggestions on how to plot and map their way through the minefield of those years. You should leave the workshop feeling confident in your abilities to better manage your child and yourself, deal with communication issues when they arise, and set limits and boundaries.

Getting Ahead: A Series for Young Professionals
Today’s young professionals face new and different challenges in the workplace. That’s why Human Resources has developed “Getting Ahead: A Series for Young Professionals”, an informational program designed specifically for young professional staff members. Monthly sessions cover topics including building professional relationships in the internet age, taking advantage of Penn’s benefits and more. For details, including dates, times, locations and session subjects, please read the program flyer at www.hr.upenn.edu/Learning/GettingAhead.pdf.To register for courses, visit the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click “Course Catalog” at the top of the page) or contact Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

Benefits in Plain English; April 9; noon–1:30 p.m.; free. Are you concerned about the many choices you have to make regarding your benefits? Do you want to be a smart consumer and know more about managed care, preferred providers, pre-tax expense accounts, and much more? And what about life insurance—how much is enough? This session will explain your benefits choices and options in plain English, just in time for Open Enrollment in April.

Smoking Cessation Workshops
Many smokers want to quit, but find doing it so much harder than they expect. That’s why Human Resources is offering a special three-part series of free Smoking Cessation workshops this spring. Led by Dr. Frank Leone, director of the Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program at the School of Medicine, these workshops provide new ways to think about the addiction of smoking, how to quit successfully and stay smoke-free once you give up the habit, and/or how to support loved ones on this difficult but worthwhile journey. To register for a Smoking Cessation workshop, visit www.hr.upenn.edu (click on “Course Catalog” at the top of the screen, then select “Health Promotions” from the “Browse by Category” menu) or contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@exchange.upenn.edu.

Nicotine Addiction and Smoking Cessation Basics; April 10; noon–1 p.m.; free. Are you interested in quitting smoking, or are you looking for information to support someone else who is trying to quit? This workshop may be just what you’re looking for! This workshop will help you understand the biological basis of addictive behavior, the nature of conditioned-responses (cognitive behavior therapy), and the proper use of nicotine replacement and other medical support. You should leave this workshop with knowledge on the basics of nicotine addiction and smoking cessation.

Focus on Fitness
It’s easy to recognize the benefits of physical fitness: exercise improves health, gives you more energy to get through the day, and channels stress and nervous energy into something positive. Knowing that exercise is good for you and actually finding a way to fit it into your life are two very different things, however. The spring wellness series “Focus on Fitness” can help you figure out how to create a workout routine that meets your needs. For more information about Focus on Fitness sessions and to register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu (click on “Course Catalog” at the top of the screen, then select “Health Promotions” from the “Browse by Category” menu) or contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@exchange.upenn.edu.

Fitting in Fitness; April 24; noon–1 p.m.; free. Setting aside enough time for sleep—let alone exercise—can be tough. However, even the busiest people can manage to find time for fitness. The key is to make it convenient and make it a priority. This workshop will help give you the skills and knowledge you need to fit fitness into your daily routine. You should leave the workshop feeling confident in your ability to make fitness a priority, make the most of your time at home, and even “work out” at work!

First Day of Open Enrollment: April 7
Open Enrollment is the annual period when Penn faculty and staff can make any changes they like to their benefits. Newly enroll in, drop or change healthcare plans, add or drop dependents ahead of the upcoming dependent eligibility audit, increase or decrease your life insurance coverage or Pre-Tax Expense Account contribution—now is the time to make these and other decisions. More information about Open Enrollment will be available on the Human Resources website and in Almanac on March 25.

Open Enrollment Health Fair: April 8
This year’s Open Enrollment and Health Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 8 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Houston Hall’s Hall of Flags. Representatives from Penn’s healthcare providers and administrators will be onsite to answer your questions. While there, take advantage of free health screenings and information about topics including blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, glaucoma, body mass index, recreation and fitness, women’s health, environmental health and ergonomics, the Employee Assistance Program, occupational and physical therapy, diabetes and heart health, oral and dental care and more.

Pre-registration will be required for the cholesterol and blood glucose tests. To pre-register, visit Human Resources’ online course catalog at http://www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog/courselist.aspx?mode=category&criteria=HP  (click on “Course Catalog” at the top of the screen, then select “Health Promotions” from the “Browse by Category” menu).

Last Day of Open Enrollment: April 18

 

 

—Division of Human Resources

 

 

 

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