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September 27, 2011, Volume 58, No. 03

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 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.

Words at Work; October 4, 11, 14; 9 a.m.–noon; $75. Clear communication skills are important no matter what kind of job you have. And we can show you how it’s done! This workshop will help you become a top-notch writer in the workplace. You’ll learn how to be clear, concise and persuasive with your words while capturing the appropriate tone for your audience. You’ll also discover how to overcome procrastination and kick that case of writer’s block for good.

Brown Bag Matinee—Focus Your Vision; October 5; noon–1 p.m.; free. Take a virtual vacation from your desk as you travel with former National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones in this video presentation. Focus Your Vision creatively uses the striking photographic work of Jones to teach us the importance of direction and purpose as we set goals to accomplish in our personal and professional lives. You’ll learn seven concepts that are key to focusing successfully through this innovative and unusual training film.

Diversity Brown Bag—Sexual Harassment Awareness; October 10; noon–1 p.m.; free. Penn doesn’t tolerate sexual harassment in the workplace—and you shouldn’t either. Come to this workshop to get a better understanding of the University’s sexual harassment policy and how to keep your work environment positive and productive. You’ll learn what defines sexual harassment, how to resolve issues and complaints, and other resources to support you.

American Management Association’s Getting Results Without Authority; October 12, 13; 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; $75. Collaboration is key to getting the results you want in the workplace. But how do you influence people who don’t work for you in order to get what you need? We’ll show you how. Learn effective strategies for working with people at every level—from staff members to supervisors to senior management. Discover how personal power, persuasion and negotiation are crucial to gaining respect and cooperation from your fellow colleagues.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Resumes for Career Changers; October 19; noon–1 p.m.; free. If you’re thinking about changing your career path at Penn, this workshop is for you. We’ll show you how to craft a resume that emphasizes your strengths and highlights skills that you can easily transfer to a new role at Penn. We’ll also discuss what hiring managers at Penn often look for in candidates and how to customize your resume for different opportunities.

Accomplishing More with Less; October 20, 27 and November 3; 12:30–2 p.m.; $120. Want to learn the secret to managing a hectic workday? This online webinar will show you how to be as productive as you can be in your job. You’ll learn how to stay on top of every piece of business—from voicemails to emails to meetings—and how collaboration and strategic thinking can enhance your workplace.

Social Media in a Nutshell; October 20; 2:10 –2:50 p.m.; $40. If you’ve been wondering how social media can benefit your workplace, we can help. Come learn the ins and outs of social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs and wikis. You’ll learn how these vehicles work, the challenges and opportunities in using them and how they can help meet your workplace goals.

Discovering Your Strengths and Putting Them to Work; October 21; 11 a.m.–noon; $40. Many of us are aware of our individual strengths, but 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 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 can help you learn how to identify your strengths and use them more productively at work.

Franklin Covey’s FOCUS; October 26; 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; $75. With so much happening in any given workday, how do you figure out what to tackle first? That’s when it’s time to FOCUS. This workshop will show you how to complete your most important tasks of the day so you accomplish not just some things, but the right things. Learn how to manage all of the information that comes your way—from emails and phone calls to multiple projects, meetings and deadlines. You’ll develop a planning system that’s tailored to your individual needs so you can lead a happier, more productive life.

Technical Tips…at Your Fingertips

Improve your technical skills with these 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.

Managing and Organizing Your Email Inbox Using Microsoft Outlook; October 4; 12:30–2 p.m.; $40. If you’re looking for ways to manage your email inbox and avoid email 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 email. Topics include customizing and setting flags, creating categories to organize your inbox, using tasks and the calendar, organizing and archiving your messages and more.

Microsoft Word 2007 Techniques; October 11; 12:30–2 p.m.; $40. Tap into the power of Microsoft Word to help meet your professional goals. This webinar will show you advanced features in Word that can save you time and resources when you’re working on documents. You’ll learn how to use bookmarks and hyperlinks, create charts and graphs, review and edit documents with tracked changes, and how to generate a table of content and index.

Microsoft Excel Macros; October 25; 2:30–4:30 p.m.; $40. Are there certain tasks you perform over and over again when using Microsoft Excel? If so, come learn how macros can make your job faster and easier. A macro lets you record your keystrokes so you can automate repetitive tasks and work more efficiently. This webinar will cover the ins and outs of macros and how they can simplify your work and add functionality to your Excel workbooks.

Healthy Living
Get the tools you need to live well year-round. From expert nutrition and weight loss advice to exercise and disease prevention strategies, we can help you kick-start your body and embrace a healthy lifestyle. These free workshops are sponsored by Human Resources. For complete details and to register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/workshops.aspx or contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@upenn.edu

MAPS for Quitting Smoking; October 5; noon–1 p.m.; free. The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction (CIRNA) will teach you about biological factors that can help you quit smoking. Eligible participants will be reimbursed for your time and efforts and receive nicotine replacement therapy, online training support and smoking cessation counseling at no cost.

How to Stick to an Exercise Program: Motivation and FAQs; October 26; noon–1 p.m.; free. Want to learn how to start (and stick to) a fitness program that’s right for you? We’ll show you how it’s done. This workshop will give you tips on how to shape up and stay motivated. You’ll learn what kind of exercise plan works best for you, and how to stay on track with your fitness goals.

Women and Heart Disease: Understanding a Woman’s Risk; October 27; noon–1 p.m.; free. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in American women. But there’s a lot you can do to protect yourself and the women in your life. Come to this workshop to learn how to assess and minimize your risk for heart disease. You’ll also learn the keys to living a heart-healthy lifestyle.

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. For complete details and to register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog or contact Human Resources at (215) 573-2471 or gstull@upenn.edu

Returning to Work after Having a Baby; October 13; noon–1 p.m.; free. Bringing home a new child is a special time in every parent’s life. But returning to work after having a baby takes careful planning. From child care and commuting arrangements to managing your nursing needs if you’re breastfeeding, planning your work day can be challenging with a newborn. But Penn has plenty of resources to help you make a smooth transition back to work. Come to this workshop to learn about the many programs available to help you manage your roles as a mother and working professional.

A Guide to Communicating with Your Adolescent; October 20; noon–1 p.m.; free. Open communication is the key to ensuring healthy and caring relationships in your family. Come to this workshop to learn how to build and maintain positive communication with teenagers. We’ll give you tips for talking about difficult subjects with your child and show you how to enhance the dynamic between you and your teenager.

Flexible Work Options; October 25; noon–1 p.m.; free. Days can be challenging when you have competing demands at work and at home. But at Penn, we recognize these difficulties and want to help. Come to this workshop to learn how flexible work options can help you balance the needs of your personal and professional life. You’ll learn about a variety of flexible work options and how to create a proposal that’s appropriate for you as well as the business needs of your department.

Balance Your Life with Worklife Benefits

Managing the competing demands of work and family can be challenging at times. But Penn is committed to making the balancing act a little easier for you.

In honor of National Work and Family Month in October, discover the many resources at Penn to help you balance your life better. From new child benefits and flexible work options to backup care and adoption assistance, you have access to a variety of tools to help you live a positive and productive life—at work and at home.

To give you a better understanding of these tools, we’ll be holding free workshops next month on a variety of worklife topics. You can learn more about flexible work options, resources that can help when you return to work after having a baby, and tips for communicating with your teenager. You can also read Almanac, where these benefits will be featured in articles throughout the month of October. Visit the Division of Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu to learn more.

—Division of Human Resources

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Almanac - September 27, 2011, Volume 58, No. 03