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April 29, 2008, Volume 54, No. 31

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.

Brown Bag Matinee: The Attitude Virus; May 7; noon–1 p.m.; free. Once an attitude virus begins to spread, it can become an epidemic in no time flat. Productivity suffers and so do individual workers. There’s no doubt that today’s workplace is especially susceptible. With this revised program, you will learn how to vaccinate your organization from this potentially devastating threat. An attitude virus could be spreading through your workforce as you read this—learn how to get to the cause, administer the cure, and create a healthier workplace for everyone.

Words at Work;May 29; 9 a.m.–noon; $75. This participatory writing program is designed to provide you with an updated, practical, no-nonsense perspective on today’s business writing. The program challenges long-held assumptions about the “right” way to communicate, and provides participants with the latest writing tools within a broad context of understanding the dynamics of written communication.

Career Focus Brown Bag: Successful Interviewing; May 30; noon–1 p.m.; free. This workshop will address elements of effective interviews, how to prepare for interviews, the types of interviews you might encounter, and how to present yourself and your skills effectively and the importance of nonverbal communication. Penn encourages managers to use behavioral interview techniques, so we’ll role-play a few interview questions that are in alignment with these techniques. Finally, we’ll watch a video, How to Ace the Interview.

Stress Management
Improve your quality of life by taking part in the “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.

Coping Strategies for Handling Change and Managing Time;May 15; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; free. Organizational change presents many challenges, but it can also create opportunities. This workshop is designed to provide you with specific skills and strategies to maximize those opportunities. Time management principles will also be covered. You should leave feeling confident in your ability to reframe your approach to change, make change work for you, and make effective use of time management techniques.

Smoking Cessation
Many smokers want to quit, but find doing it so much harder than they expect. That’s why Human Resources is offering a free Smoking Cessation workshop. 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.

Smoking Cessation: Side Effects and Relapse Prevention;May 20; noon–1 p.m.; free. Are you interested in quitting smoking, or do you know someone who is? Are you seeking support and more information? This workshop may be just what you’re looking for. Topics will include managing weight gain, stress and other high-risk situations that often accompany smoking cessation, long-term abstinence strategies, and relapse prevention. You should leave this workshop with knowledge on the basics of how to manage the “side effects” of smoking cessation and how to best prevent a relapse.

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 Child in College and Beyond: Letting Go Can Be a Challenge for Both of Us; May 21; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; free. This workshop focuses on how to successfully manage and work through the approach to and onset of your child’s adulthood. It will offer perspectives from so-called traditional, blended, and single-parent households. Participants should leave feeling confident in their ability to better deal with their child’s physical and mental changes and with an understanding of how parents and adult children can “let go” and establish mutually respectful boundaries.

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.

S.M.A.R.T. Fitness;May 7; noon–1 p.m.; free. Does your idea of fitness involve the “no pain, no gain” mantra? Newer research indicates that you don’t have to run a marathon or lift three times your body weight to be in shape. This workshop will give you the skills and knowledge you need to train according to S.M.A.R.T. criteria—Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. You should leave the workshop confident in your ability to achieve your personal fitness goals and feel secure in your ability to manage your health and wellness.

—Division of Human Resources

 

 

 

Almanac - April 29, 2008, Volume 54, No. 31