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Human Resources: Upcoming Programs in March

February 22, 2011, Volume 57, No. 23

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

Chair Yoga; March 9; noon–1 p.m.; free. Ever considered doing yoga, but thought it wasn’t for you? If so, chair yoga may be the answer. Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that’s done while sitting in a chair or standing and using a chair for support. Improve your strength, flexibility, balance and breathing—all while sitting in a chair! We’ll move at a slow pace, and all movements can be adapted to fit your individual skill level. This workshop will be led by Lieutenant John L. Wylie, certified Power/Flow yoga instructor, Penn Police Department, DPS.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): What Can You Do?; March 15; noon–1 p.m.; free. Do you or does someone you care about suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)? Learn what causes GERD and what can be done to help alleviate the symptoms. We’ll also discuss new advances in the treatment of GERD. This workshop will be led by Kenric Murayama, chief of the department of surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and member of the division of gastrointestinal surgery.

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

Elder Care 102; March 2; 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.

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.

Franklin Covey’s FOCUS; March 3; 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; $75. It’s easy to get caught up in life’s hectic pace. Every e-mail and ringing phone becomes the priority when you don’t have a clear plan for the day. Wouldn’t you rather spend more time on the tasks that matter most? If so, we have the workshop for you. Franklin Covey’s FOCUS will teach you how to be more focused, better organized and more productive in your personal and professional life.

Total Organization Webinar; March 8; 2:30–4 p.m.; $40. Staying organized in the work place can be challenging, especially when you have an abundance of e-mails, paper and computer files to manage. So how do you stay on top of your work with so much information overload? Well now you can learn how! This webinar will teach you practical approaches to organizing your work space, all of which is done right at your desk. By the end of this webinar, you’ll have a newly organized desk and computer desktop that is conducive to your specific needs.

Brown Bag Matinee—Global Resources Presentation; March 10; noon–1 p.m.; free. Penn’s partnerships extend all across the world—from Africa and China to India, Latin America and beyond. As our global network continues to expand, we’re making every effort to support our faculty and staff who engage on a global level. If your work at Penn requires traveling abroad, this workshop is for you. Come learn about Penn’s new web-based resources that can support your international work. From travel warnings to global status updates to risk management tools, the global resources website is your one-stop shop when traveling abroad for work at Penn.

Diversity Brown Bag—Creating a Respectful Workplace; March 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—one free of negative behaviors such as harassment, racism and ageism, to name a few. This workshop will give you the opportunity to discuss respectful behaviors in the workplace. It will focus on respect and responsibility and provide you with tools and resources to prevent harassment and other forms of prohibited discrimination before it occurs. You’ll also learn about University policies and procedures that help promote a respectful work atmosphere as well as resources to address inappropriate behaviors in the workplace.

Introduction to Myers-Briggs Type Indicator; March 16; 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.

Empowerment and Accountability: An Equation of Success; March 18; 9 a.m.–noon; $50. People tend to be most productive when they own their work and take responsibility for their job. So why not empower them to be the best they can be? Designed for new or experienced managers, this workshop will teach you how sharing responsibility can help you achieve your workplace goals. Learn how to delegate and set reasonable boundaries for your team. You’ll better understand how accountability holds the keys to developing a high-performing department.

Effective Meetings; March 22; 12:30–2:30 p.m.; $40. Do you ever leave a meeting and wonder how useful it was? Well-designed meetings allow for creativity, problem-solving and the opportunity to accomplish specific goals. But they aren’t always easy to plan. If you’re looking for ways to make your meetings more effective, we’ll show you how. This webinar will teach you how to prepare useful agendas and communicate effectively during meetings, whether online or in-person. You’ll also learn a variety of online meeting and collaboration tools to make your meetings more efficient and successful.

Brown Bag Matinee—Inside Information; March 23; noon–1 p.m.; free. We all know how important excellent service is to winning and retaining customers. But often we forget to treat fellow colleagues with the same level of respect and support as we do external customers. Come to this workshop to learn how internal customer service can help increase efficiency and foster positive working relationships with those around you.

Words at Work; March 24, 29, 31; 9 a.m.–noon; $75. This participatory writing program is designed to provide you with an updated, practical, no-nonsense perspective on today’s business writing. The program challenges long-held assumptions about the “right” way to communicate and provides participants with the latest writing tools within a broad context of understanding the dynamics of written communication.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Developing Your Professional Presence; March 30; noon–1 p.m.; free. What does it mean to be professional? A professional presence is critical to moving forward in a career, but what does that really entail? Come find out at this workshop. We’ll show you how your presence—what you look, act and sound like—contributes to your sense of professionalism. You’ll learn how best to communicate your professional self to advance your career.

Technical Tips…at Your Fingertips

Improve your technical skills with new online workshops. Human Resources is offering a series of webinars that’ll teach you tips and shortcuts for programs like Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Learn the latest tools and techniques right from your own desktop. You can register for programs by visiting the Human Resources online course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog and selecting “webinars” from the Browse by Category menu or contact Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400 for more details.

Microsoft SharePoint Services 3.0 Techniques; March 8; 12:30–2:30 p.m.; $40. See how Microsoft SharePoint can be used to collaborate with others, reduce the need for e-mail and make meetings more effective. You’ll learn how to use document libraries, calendars, and tasks; create and share websites; and use discussion forums, blogs and wikis to manage information.

Advanced Microsoft Excel 2007 Pivot Tables; March 15; 12:30–2:30 p.m.; $40. Learn how to leverage the power of pivot tables to analyze and present your data in exciting ways. This webinar will teach you how to prepare information for pivot tables, perform advanced analysis and comparison of data, filter and format reports, add formulas to charts and tables, and incorporate pivot table reports into Microsoft Word documents.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 Techniques; March 15; 2:30–4 p.m.; $40. Take your PowerPoint skills to the next level. This webinar will teach you how to format and manipulate presentations so you’re conveying information in a compelling way. You’ll learn about data presentation, multi-media and self-running presentations, using templates and shortcuts, and more!

—Division of Human Resources


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