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Human Resources: Upcoming Programs
September 28, 2010, Volume 57, No. 05

Professional & 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 or by contacting Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

Brown Bag Matinee—The Attitude Virus; October 13; noon–1 p.m.; free. It isn’t unusual for negative attitudes to spread in the workplace, but you can learn how to successfully eliminate the attitude “virus” before it even starts. This workshop will teach you how to create a positive and productive work environment that’s free of gossip, misdirected anger and a strong resistance to change.

Diversity Brown Bag—The Differences Between Sexual Harassment and Assault; October 14; noon–1 p.m.; free. The University of Pennsylvania is committed to eradicating all forms of sexual violence. This workshop will teach you about the differences between domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Developed in partnership with Penn’s Office on Violence Against Women, this seminar is one of the University’s many efforts to end violence against women and men on campus.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Professionalism and Business Etiquette; October 20; noon–1 p.m.; free. Proper business etiquette doesn’t always come easy, but you can learn how to build competence and display poise in the workplace. This workshop will teach you how to dress, speak, and act appropriately with colleagues in and out of the workplace. Learn practical tips for effective communication and growth as well as common etiquette mistakes and how to avoid them.

Tuition Benefit Information Session; October 22; noon–1 p.m.; free. Tuition benefits are an important advantage of being a faculty or staff member at Penn. This program will show you how to request and make the most of these benefits. A Q&A session will address any questions you have about using the tuition benefit for yourself, your family or your dependents.

Discover Your Strengths and Put Them to Work; October 27; noon–1:30 p.m.; free. While many of us are aware of our individual strengths, some of us have learned to focus more on our weaknesses instead. Marcus Buckingham—a well-known author whose work helps people identify their strengths—suggests that you can be more effective, successful, and fulfilled at work when you play to your strengths rather than your weaknesses. This webinar is based on Buckingham’s theories and includes exercises to help you learn how to identify your strengths and use them more productively at work.

Introduction to Myers-Briggs Type Indicator; October 27; 9 a.m.–noon; $75. Taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) inventory and receiving feedback will help you identify your unique gifts. The information enhances understanding of yourself, your motivations, your natural strengths, and your potential areas for growth. It will also help you appreciate people who differ from you. Understanding your MBTI type is self-affirming and encourages cooperation with others.

Your Body: From Head to Toe

Taking care of your health means being well informed, well prepared, and capable of making good choices when it comes to your body. This series of workshops, led by physicians and health experts from the University of Pennsylvania and the Health System, will address various health issues from head to toe and steps you can take to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Pre-registration is required for these workshops, which are sponsored by Human Resources. You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch to the sessions. For more information and to register, visit the HR online course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog or contact HR at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@upenn.edu.

Acupuncture: What Can it Do for Your Health and Wellness?; October 21; noon–1 p.m.; free. Learn how acupuncture can be an effective tool in your health and wellness plan. This workshop will be led by Jun Mao. Dr. Mao is an assistant professor and director of integrative medicine in the department of family medicine and community health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is also trained in Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and combines Eastern and Western approaches to the study and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.

Gallstone Disease: The Basics; October 26; noon–1 p.m.; free. Do you ever wonder what the gallbladder is and how it works? Come to this workshop to learn about the intricacies of the gallbladder, how gallstones form and circumstances that can lead to infection or inflammation of the gallbladder. It will be led by Dr. Amy Cha, assistant professor of surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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 sessions. For more information or to register, visit the Division of Human Resources online course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalogor contact Human Resources at 215-573-2471 or kenne@upenn.edu.

Dealing with the Competing Demands of Work and Family; October 7; noon–1 p.m.; free. It can be challenging to handle the multiple demands of work and family. From the birth of a new child to the needs of an ill spouse, partner, or aging parent, many of us know how difficult it can be to manage all of your responsibilities on any given day. Join us for tips on how to manage the key priorities in your life. You’ll learn ho w to manage stress, be attentive to your own needs and avoid burnout.  

Elder Care 101; October 13; noon–1 p.m.; free. Finding appropriate elder care services can be challenging, but with the right research strategies, you can easily locate the best services and facilities for your loved ones. If you’re a caregiver for elderly dependents, this workshop is for you. You’ll get the resources you need to make appropriate decisions when it comes to the care of your family.

Reducing the Stress of the College Application Process; October 28; noon–1 p.m.; free. We know how stressful the college application process can be, but this seminar will teach you how to move through the process while minimizing your stress. You’ll learn how to market a prospective student through resumes, essays, letters of recommendation and interviews. You’ll also learn how to develop an effective college planning timeline and how to stay healthy and happy throughout the application process.

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 HR for an ongoing series of nutrition workshops. For more information about the workshops and to register, visit the HR website at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/workshops.aspxor contact HR at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@upenn.edu.

Q&A with a Nutrition Expert; October 20; noon–1 p.m.; free. This dynamic workshop will help you understand how nutrition and exercise promote healthful aging, fitness, performance and weight management. Learn what a nutritious diet entails and how to recognize and change poor eating habits. This workshop will be led by Stella Volpe, associate professor of nutrition, School of Nursing.

Related: Did You Know? Putting Knowledge Into Practice; National Work and Family Month



Almanac - September 28, 2010, Volume 57, No. 05