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Human Resources: Upcoming Programs

March 22, 2011, Volume 57, No. 26

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.

Unlocking the Secrets of the Penn Library; April 5; noon–1:30 p.m.; free. Discover the ways the library can work for you. Learn how to access over 10,000 electronic journals and reference sources, get personalized research assistance, or simply take out the latest New York Times bestseller. This session includes a 30-minute walking tour of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Participants are welcome to attend just the informational session.

Diversity Brown Bag—Sexual Harassment Awareness; April 6; noon–1 p.m.; free. As an employer and as an educational institution, Penn is committed to eradicating sexual harassment. Sexual harassment in any context is reprehensible, and it’s a matter of particular concern to an academic community in which students, faculty, and staff must rely on strong bonds of intellectual trust and dependence. This program will familiarize you with Penn’s sexual harassment policy and with your responsibility to create and maintain a respectful workplace—one free of inappropriate behavior or conduct that could be construed as prohibited harassment.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Preparing for Your Performance Appraisal; April 14; noon–1 p.m.; free. Performance appraisals offer a unique opportunity to discuss your work and the impact of your efforts over the last year. They also let you map out goals for the future and how you’ll achieve them. If you’re wondering how to prepare yourself for the process, we can help. Come to this workshop to learn how to use your performance appraisal to set goals, strengthen your relationship with your supervisor and more. We’ll walk you through the preparation process and teach you tools for effective communication when it comes to your performance appraisal.

Brown Bag Matinee—Care and Candor: Making Performance Appraisals Work; April 20; noon–1 p.m.; free. As a supervisor, an important part of your job is conducting effective performance appraisals with your staff—and this video will show you how. You’ll learn how to use performance appraisals to help your staff learn, grow and be more productive. See how a caring attitude and honest feedback make the performance appraisal process a win-win situation for everyone.

Administrative Professionals Day: Take Control of Your Money; April 27; noon–1:30 p.m.; $25. Being money smart is more important than ever. No matter how long you’ve been working and earning, there’s usually always something more to learn about managing your money. In honor of Administrative Professionals Day, learn how to sharpen your money management skills and gain control of your finances. You’ll learn simple strategies for getting (and keeping) your earnings on the right track.

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

Working as a Team Across Generation Gaps; April 6; noon–1 p.m.; free. On a diverse campus like Penn’s, you’ll likely work with colleagues who are much younger or older than you. That means personality conflicts are bound to happen, especially with so many generation gaps to consider. But we can help you overcome generational divides and boost productivity in your department. You’ll learn how to effectively work with and manage people at all stages of life.

Stress Management; April 20; noon–1 p.m.; free. Jobs, families and relationships can all be sources of stress. But simple relaxation techniques can help combat the harmful effects of stress. This workshop will teach you how to identify when you’re relaxed, and how to use relaxation to improve your quality of life. You’ll also learn about responses to relaxation, the physical and mental signs of relaxation, and specific relaxation exercises and techniques.

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 Project 2007 Techniques; April 18; 12:30–2 p.m.; $40. This webinar will show you the power of Microsoft Project. Learn tips and shortcuts that’ll help you manage projects more efficiently and effectively, including how to update project plans and track your progress, how to communicate and report results to your team, and more.

Microsoft Word 2007 Techniques; April 27; 12:30–2 p.m.; $40. Take your Microsoft Word skills to the next level. This webinar is ideal for people who have upgraded from previous versions of Word and want to get up to speed quickly on its new features. You’ll learn how to manipulate and format documents, how to present data in attractive and compelling ways, and more.

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

Healthy Cooking for One; April 5; noon–1 p.m.; free. This workshop will show you the ABCs of making one-dish wonders. You’ll learn tips for preparing one-pot meals, how to make the most of leftovers, and fun twists on everyday recipes. We’ll even let you sample the final dishes! This workshop will be led by Christopher Smith, executive chef for Houston Market, and Terri Brownlee, regional director of nutrition.

Q&A with a Nutrition Expert; April 19; 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.

—Division of Human Resources

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