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Human Resources: Upcoming Programs

October 26, 2010, Volume 57, No. 09

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

Managing and Organizing Your E-mail Inbox Using Microsoft Outlook; November 4; 1:30–3 p.m.; $35. If you’re looking for ways to manage your e-mail inbox and avoid e-mail overload, this webinar is for you. You’ll learn techniques and shortcuts that will save you time and help you get maximum results from your e-mail. Topics include customizing and setting flags, creating categories to organize your inbox, using tasks and the calendar, organizing and archiving your messages.

Unlocking the Secrets of the Penn Library; November 9; noon–1:30 p.m.; free. Discover the ways the library can work for you. Learn how to access reference sources, get personalized research assistance, browse the growing collection of videos and DVDs, or simply take out the latest New York Times bestseller. This session includes a 30-minute walking tour of Van Pelt Library. You’re welcome to attend just the informational session.

Diversity Brown Bag Matinee—Creating a Respectful Workplace; November 11; noon–1 p.m.; free. It’s no surprise that respect plays a critical role in a successful workplace. Most of us tend to be more productive in a positive work environment. This workshop will give you the opportunity to discuss respectful behaviors in the workplace. It will provide you with tools and resources to prevent harassment and other forms of prohibited discrimination before they occur. You’ll also learn about University policies and procedures that help promote a respectful work atmosphere.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Soft Skills in the Workplace; November 16; noon–1 p.m.; free. Do you ever wonder what soft skills are? While technical skills are important to a particular job, soft skills are essential tools that can be applicable to a variety of jobs and careers. They can also help you become a valued and productive part of the workplace. Come to this workshop to gain a better understanding of soft skills and how they can help you succeed in your job.

Brown Bag Matinee—Groupthink: Case Study of the Challenger Disaster; November 17; noon–1 p.m.; free. Although collaboration can be an important part of a successful workplace, there are instances when group decision making can be problematic. Using the Challenger space shuttle disaster as a case study, this workshop will show you how agreement for the sake of unity can be dangerous.

Business Writing Basics; November 18; 9 a.m–4 p.m.; $75. This new writing course will teach you how to communicate your thoughts with clarity and ease. Regardless of whether you’ve participated in previous writing courses, Business Writing Basics will teach you straightforward steps for creating messages that achieve the positive results you want. You’ll learn professional techniques for editing and proofreading, how to recognize and avoid common business writing mistakes and more.

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 online course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog or contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@upenn.edu.

Melanoma: What You Need to Know; November 2; noon–1 p.m.; free. The incidence of melanoma—a type of skin cancer—continues to rise. Research has shown that sun exposure and other factors play a role in melanoma risk. Come to this workshop to learn about risk factors, skin findings that warrant professional evaluation, protective strategies, treatment options and other skin cancer information. It will be led by Leslie Fecher, assistant professor of medicine, Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania.

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 Human Resources online course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog or contact Human Resources at (215) 573-2471 or kenne@upenn.edu.

How to Create a Workplace Persona; November 11; noon–1 p.m.; free. While technical skills are an important aspect of your job, how you behave at work is critical to your overall success. From eye contact to body language to how you communicate with others, your professional persona plays an important role in creating a positive and productive workplace. Come to this workshop to learn what a professional persona is, how to identify your workplace persona and steps you can take to optimize your own professional persona.

Building Resilience and Avoiding Burnout; November 18; noon–1 p.m.; free. Learn how to bounce back from adversity, function constructively under demanding circumstances and remain productive and healthy in times of disruptive change. This workshop will provide insight on conditions that lead to burnout, how to recognize the warning signs and how to avoid them. You’ll leave with a better understanding of resiliency and how you can achieve optimal performance in your job.

Being Your Best: Developing and Projecting Confidence; November 30; noon–1 p.m.; free. Do you ever struggle with presenting your best self? If insecurity often has you questioning your own abilities, this workshop is for you. You’ll learn how to eliminate negative thoughts and start emphasizing your positive strengths and characteristics.

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