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Human Resources: Upcoming Programs
November 25, 2008, Volume 55, No. 14

Nutrition Workshops

If you’re like most people, you have plenty of questions about nutrition: What should I eat before and after a workout? How can I choose smarter, healthier foods at the grocery store or in a restaurant? Which vitamins should I be taking, if any? Get answers to these questions and more when you join Human Resources for an ongoing series of nutrition workshops. For more information about the workshops and to register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/workshops.aspx or contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@upenn.edu.

Nutrition and Cancer Prevention. December 10; noon-1 p.m.; free. Did you know there’s a link between nutrition, physical activity, and cancer prevention? Come join us to learn about the American Cancer Society’s nutrition and physical activity guidelines for cancer prevention. You’ll also learn how to identify personal nutrition and/or physical activity goals. This workshop is led by Katrina Claghorn, advanced practice clinical dietitian specialist, and Kathleen Gallagher, oncology dietitian at the Abramson Cancer Center.

Eat, Drink, and Be Mindful! December 18; noon-1 p.m.; free. It’s always hard to curb your appetite around the holidays. But we have some strategies that can help you combat those extra calories while still enjoying the season. Eat, Drink, and Be Mindful! will teach you about low-calorie nutrition options that will help you maintain your waistline throughout the holiday season. You can even sample some healthy shakes and snack bars! This workshop is led by Andrea Diamond, program director of the Albert J. Stunkard Weight Management Program, and Andrea Spivack, dietitian from the Penn Health System.

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/coursecatalog/default.aspx or by contacting Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

Penn Certificate Program in Administrative Excellence. Begins December 2; multiple dates/times; $100. The newly redesigned Penn Certificate Program in Administrative Excellence is targeted for frontline, support and administrative staff. It will include a variety of topics, ranging from office organization and time management skills to building networks and clarifying your individual career path.

American Management Association’s “Standing Strong in Difficult Workplace Situations.” December 4; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; $75. As professionals, we have to interact with all kinds of people—including some we may not get along with! Difficult people and stressful situations can be a daily reality in the workplace. However, to remain effective in your job, it’s essential that you stay composed and professional at all times. This intensive one-day workshop will help you build problem-solving skills through individual and interactive group activities. You’ll develop indispensable conflict management and communication skills that you can use to deal more effectively with challenging behavior, so that you can improve your own effectiveness and forge stronger professional relationships with your co-workers.

Brown Bag Matinee—Managing Stress. December 9; noon–1 p.m.; free. We all encounter stressful situations on the job—maybe you’ve found yourself in a position where you have more responsibility than authority, or you’re working in an environment without a supportive network. Managing Stress presents viewers with techniques for coping with these kinds of tension-inducing events and examines how stress may be caused by our individual anxieties. You’ll also learn how to communicate better with co-workers and reduce the impact that stressful situations have on you.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Influence Without Authority. December 12; noon–1 p.m.; free. If you’re able to influence people at various levels in your organization, you are likely to have more success in achieving your goals. Do you want to know more about how to access resources, support and information from staff beyond your level and department? This video lecture will show you how to use the law of reciprocity and exchange—giving others what they need in exchange for what you need—to gain allies and create win/win solutions.

Heart Health

Keeping your heart fit is one of the most important things you can do to improve your chances of good health throughout your life. These workshops, led by physicians and health experts from the University of Pennsylvania Health System, will cover the facts and answer your questions about maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle. Pre-registration is required for this special fall series, sponsored by Human Resources. You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch to the sessions. For more information and to register, visit the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog/default.aspx  or contact Human Resources at suzsmith@upenn.edu or (215) 898-5116.

How to Start an Exercise Program You’ll Stick With. December 3; noon–1 p.m.; free. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to start exercising in 2009, then we have the workshop for you. Come and learn useful tips on how to begin an exercise routine that fits your lifestyle, and discover how to stay motivated. This workshop is led by Stella Volpe, associate professor of nutrition, Penn’s School of Nursing.

Quality of Worklife Workshops

Dealing with the demands of work and your personal life can be challenging. These free workshops led by experts from Penn’s Employee Assistance Program and Work and Family Benefits Provider, Penn Behavioral Health, offer information and support for your personal and professional life challenges. For more information or to register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/Quality/Workshop.aspx or call (215) 573-2471.

Optimizing Personal Performance. December 4; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; free. This workshop focuses on examining the attitudes and behaviors that lead to high-quality performance, and incorporating these attitudes and behaviors into your own life. Topics covered will include the factors that influence performance and interpersonal relationships, and how expectations affect performance, personal accountability and responsibility.

When it’s More Than Teen Rebellion. December 11; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; free. This workshop examines some of the signs and symptoms of more serious problems that children can face, such as suicide, substance abuse and sexual issues (predation/acting out). Participants will learn about the definitions of specific problems as well as their signs and symptoms, and types of intervention.

Flexible Work Options Information Session

Flexible Work Options can support Penn’s efforts to attract and retain top talent, maximize productivity, and expand services, while individual employees may benefit from the ability to pursue professional development opportunities, manage work and family responsibilities, and more. Penn’s guidelines on how to propose and implement flexible work options arrangements are available from the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/Quality/Worklife/FlexOptions. On December 9, Human Resources will offer a free lunchtime (noon–1:30 p.m.) information session explaining Flexible Work Options in detail, including:

• How Flexible Work Options work

• Where Flexible Work Options fit & work best

• What conditions encourage a successful plan

• What others have experienced with flexible work arrangements (presented by a panel of colleagues from around campus)

Whether you’re an employee interested in establishing a flexible work arrangement or a manager seeking to understand how to consider and evaluate flexible work proposals, please join us for this informative, interactive presentation and discussion. For more information and to register, please visit the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click “Course Catalog” at the top of the page) or contact Human Resources at kraut@upenn.edu or (215) 898-0380.

—Division of Human Resources





Almanac - November 25, 2008, Volume 55, No. 14