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Human Resources: Upcoming Programs

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November 15, 2011, Volume 58, No. 12

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 Human Resources online course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog or by contacting Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

Improving Your Emotional Intelligence Skills: Self-Awareness and Self-Management for Career Success; December 7; 9 a.m.–noon; $50. Managing your emotions in the workplace can have an enormous impact on your career success. But in order to do it right, you need to perfect your emotional intelligence—and we’ll show you how to do it. This workshop will teach you what it means to be emotionally intelligent and how it can help you build more relationships—and success—in the workplace. You’ll learn how to manage your emotions in a healthy and productive way, and how to use your emotions to improve productivity and overcome obstacles.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Networking; December 9; noon–1 p.m.; free. Networking and career growth go hand in hand. But what is networking, and why is it so important? This workshop will give you the answers. Come learn the ins and outs of effective networking and how it can enhance your career. You’ll get tips on how to approach people you don’t know and learn how to use social media tools like LinkedIn to boost your networking efforts.

Working with Difficult People: How to Work with Negative People; December 13; 1:30–4:30 p.m.; $50. Ever come across people who exude negativity in the workplace? Whether it’s complaining about their latest project or whining about the weather, it’s not uncommon to work with negative people on the job. But it does contribute to an unproductive work environment—which means you need to know how to combat the negativity and generate a positive environment instead. This workshop will give you the tools you need to deal with any negative person that comes your way. You’ll learn about common characteristics of negative people and strategies to help you manage their behavior.

Brown Bag Matinee—Managing Stress; December 14; noon–1 p.m.; free. We all encounter stressful situations on the job—maybe you’ve found yourself in a position where you have more responsibility than authority, or you’re working in an environment without a supportive network. Managing Stress will show you how to cope with these kinds of tension-inducing situations. You’ll discover how your own anxiety can raise your stress level, and how to better manage those feelings. You’ll also get tips on how to communicate better with your colleagues to help minimize stress in the workplace.

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 details.

Microsoft Office 2010 Tips & Tricks Crash Course; December 6; 12:30–2 p.m.; $40. Take your Microsoft Office skills to the next level. This webinar will teach you powerful techniques that can save you time and help you get the results you want. You’ll learn shortcuts for handling your email in Outlook; become a pro at building templates in PowerPoint; get some advanced styling and formatting tips for Word; and see how to create lists and reports in Excel.

Microsoft Project 2007 Techniques; December 6; 2:30–4:30 p.m.; $40. If you want to enhance your project management skills, this webinar can help. Microsoft Project 2007 gives you powerful project management tools to help you stay on top of your workload more effectively. You’ll get tips on how to successfully organize your work, manage calendars, update your project timeline and more.

Managing and Organizing Your Email Inbox Using Microsoft Outlook; December 7; 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; December 13; 2–3:30 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 contents and index.

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

High Blood Pressure: The Top 10 Things You Need to Know; December 8; noon–1 p.m.; free. About one in three adults in the United States suffers from high blood pressure—and many of them may not even know it. That’s because high blood pressure has no obvious symptoms, so knowing your numbers (and what they mean) is critical to your health. This workshop will help you better understand your own blood pressure numbers and what you can do to improve them. It will be led by Emil DeGoma, medical director, Preventive Cardiovascular Program, Penn Heart and Vascular 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. For complete details and to register, visit the Human Resources online course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog or contact Human Resources at (215) 573-2471 or gstull@upenn.edu

Reducing Stress in Changing Organizations; December 15; noon–1 p.m.; free. Stress is no stranger to the workplace, especially when your organization is undergoing great amounts of change. But strong leadership is key to making the workplace a positive place to be—and we’ll show you how to do it. If you’re a supervisor or manager, come learn about the relationship between stress and burnout, how people react to stress and change, and how to help your colleagues cope better when it comes to change in the workplace.

Beat the Holiday Bulge

The holiday season countdown has begun. Soon you’ll be gathering to celebrate with family and friends—and you’ll be confronted by tempting food everywhere. But we can help you embrace the fun of the season without packing on extra pounds!

Maintain, Don’t Gain is an eight-week program that can help you maintain your weight during the holiday season. The goal is to stay within two to three pounds of your starting weight during those tough weeks when temptation seems to lurk around every corner. To keep you motivated, you’ll be weighed in before and after the holidays, and will receive weekly tips to help you maintain healthy behaviors.

You can even spice up the competition by creating your own Maintain, Don’t Gain team. Grab a few colleagues, give yourselves a team name, and let the games begin! If your team members maintain or lose weight by the final weigh-in, you’ll be highlighted on the Maintain, Don’t Gain honor roll.

Are you ready for the challenge? Pre-holiday weigh-ins start November 21. For more details and to register, visit the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/maintaindontgain.aspx

—Division of Human Resources

Almanac - November 15, 2011, Volume 58, No. 12