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Human Resources
March 17, 2009, Volume 55, No. 25

Quality of Worklife Workshops

Managing Up, March 19; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; free.  Having a positive and productive work relationship with your supervisor is vital. This seminar will teach you how to manage yourself in such a way that promotes camaraderie between you and your supervisor. You’ll learn how to be assertive and how to communicate with your supervisor so they understand your work style and how to maximize your productivity.

Supporting Family Members through Career Transitions, March 24; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; free. When one family member changes jobs or even careers, it can be a stressful time for the entire family. This workshop will teach participants strategies for supporting family members during a career transition, especially in today’s challenging economy. You’ll learn how to build partnerships while also identifying the risks of the situation, and how to focus on your own wellbeing while remaining supportive of others.

Resources to Help You Properly Manage Your Finances

In these current economic times, managing your finances properly is more important than ever. Penn partners with TIAA-CREF and The Vanguard Group to provide investment opportunities for faculty and staff. Both of these vendors also provide a wealth of information and access to advice about investing in the current economy. You’re encouraged to utilize these resources.

If you’re contacted by outside sources you’re not familiar with, it’s best to be wary when it comes to information regarding your finances. The Division of Human Resources Financial Planning Links website is full of trustworthy information and resources to help you with investment offerings, your finances, and more. Visit www.hr.upenn.edu/Benefits/Retirement/FinancialPlanning.aspx.

Open Enrollment: April 6-April 17

Open Enrollment, your annual opportunity to make changes to your healthcare elections, is almost here! This year’s Open Enrollment period will last through midnight on Friday, April 17. Details, including information about changes to existing plans, coverage rates for the upcoming plan year and instructions on how to change your elections during the Open Enrollment period, will soon be available on the Human Resources website and published in Almanac on March 24.

Open Enrollment Health Fair

This year’s Open Enrollment Health Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 14 from 10 a.m.–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 wellness information on several topics, including blood pressure, cholesterol, glaucoma, Body Mass Index, recreation and fitness, women’s health, environmental safety 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 tests. To pre-register, visit Human Resources’ online course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click on “Course Catalog” at the top of the screen, then select “Health Promotions” from the “Browse by Category” menu).

Representatives from Penn’s healthcare providers and administrators will also be available to answer your questions at the New Bolton Center Open Enrollment Fair on Wednesday, April 15, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

—Division of Human Resources

Almanac - March 17, 2009, Volume 55, No. 25