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January 13, 2009, Volume 55, No. 17

When You’re Strapped for Time, Who Can Help with Important Decisions?

We know that balancing work, life and family is a priority for everyone.  But it often feels like there’s not enough time in the day to make all of the decisions that need to be made.  From how much your credit card payment should be this month to how to find reliable, affordable child care to where you should go to dinner on Saturday night—it seems like every time you turn a corner, another decision is waiting for you.  Wouldn’t it be nice for some assistance with it all? Well, as a Penn faculty or staff member, help is right at your fingertips!

Worklife Resources is a free and confidential, 24-hour a day service that provides you with easy access to a wealth of information and support for your everyday needs and goals.  The website includes resources that address every aspect of life, from family, health, financial and legal issues to household, dining, travel and entertainment options.  Whether you’re looking for a local veterinarian, in search of some coupons to cut down on your grocery costs, or in need of an attorney to help resolve a legal issue, Penn’s Worklife Resources will have the answers you’re looking for. 

You can also call for additional assistance. Phone center counselors can help you determine exactly what you’re looking for, even when you’re not completely sure yourself.  Counselors can help identify space availability when it comes to finding child or elder care services that meet your family’s needs. You can even arrange for some free, over-the-phone financial consultation and basic legal services.

Penn’s Worklife Resources are provided through Penn Behavioral Health. For more information about Worklife Resources, visit the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/Quality/Worklife/Dependent.aspx or call 1-888-321-4433.

HR: Upcoming Programs Quality of Worklife Workshops

Dealing with the demands of work and your personal life can be challenging. These free workshops, sponsored by Human Resources and led by experts from Penn’s Employee Assistance Program and Quality of Worklife Department, offer information and support for your personal and professional life challenges. Pre-registration is required. You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch to the session. For more information or to register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog or contact Ken Edwards at (215) 573-2471 or kenne@upenn.edu.

Getting Your House in Order; January 15; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; free. This presentation will explain the full range of free and confidential worklife resources available to Penn faculty and staff through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). From financial information that can help you determine how much your credit card payment should be this month to how to find reliable, affordable child care or even a place to have dinner on Saturday night, Penn’s worklife resources is a 24-hour a day phone and online service that provides you with easy access to a wealth of information and support for your everyday needs and goals. The website includes resources that address every aspect of life, from family, health, financial and legal issues to household, dining, travel and entertainment options. The last 30 minutes of the presentation will entail a Q&A session for those interested in staying.

Professional Assertiveness; January 29; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; free.This seminar will teach you about methodologies of professional communication and how to use assertiveness to enhance your professional growth.  Participants will learn about the characteristics of assertive behavior, responses to situations, choosing your battles, obstacles to being assertive, and the relationship between assertiveness, self-confidence and professionalism.

Is Your Mailing Address Up to Date?

Now that we’ve begun a new calendar year, it’s a good time to make sure your permanent mailing address is up to date.  Please help us ensure that all of your correspondence is received in a timely manner by double-checking the accuracy of your address on file.  To view and/or change your address information, visit the U@Penn website at www.upenn.edu/u@penn or contact your Business Administrator.

—Division of Human Resources

 

 

Almanac - January 13, 2009, Volume 55, No. 17