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Human Resources Upcoming Programs

February 21, 2012, Volume 58, No. 23

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.

American Management Association’s Mastering Organizational Politics, Influence and Alliances; March 1, 2; 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; $75. Politics are a part of everyday life in the workplace—and mastering them can help guarantee a successful career. Learn how to effectively manage your political image as you build alliances and take your career to the next level. You’ll discover how to use communication to influence others and strengthen your position in the workplace.

Accomplishing More with Social Media; March 7, 14; 3–4:30 p.m.; $40. Think you don’t need to know about tools like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter? Think again! Millions of people utilize social media vehicles in the workplace every day, which means you need to know how to leverage them to meet your professional goals. We’ll teach you about some of the most common social media applications and how to use them strategically.

Career Concepts—Managing Organizational Conflict; March 13; 9 a.m.–noon; $50. Conflict in the workplace is inevitable—and as a manager, you need to know how to control it. This workshop will give you the tools you need to reduce conflict among your colleagues and keep disputes to a minimum.

Brown Bag Matinee—Care and Candor: Making Performance Appraisals Work; March 14; noon–1 p.m.; free. If you’re a supervisor, learn the ABCs of conducting effective appraisals with your staff. We’ll teach you how to use performance appraisals to help your staff grow and be more productive. Discover how a caring attitude and honest feedback make the performance appraisal process a win-win situation for everyone.

Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Techniques; March 14; 12:30–2 p.m.; $40. Microsoft Excel is chock full of features that can help support your work objectives—and this webinar will highlight them. Learn advanced features such as data entry, manipulation and presentation; enabling multiple users to share workbooks and track and edit changes; and creating templates.

Accomplishing More with Less; March 15, 22, 29; 12:30–2 p.m.; $135. Learn how to stay on top of every piece of business that comes your way, from pressing emails to project deadlines to last-minute meetings. We’ll show you how to work more strategically instead of working harder to meet your professional goals.

Microsoft Access 2007 Techniques—Beginner; March 15; 3–4:30 p.m.; $40. Organizing and presenting data isn’t always easy, but we can help you master the art! This webinar will show you how to easily manage data using Microsoft Access. You’ll learn about the differences between Access and Microsoft Excel as well as how to search for data using queries, and how to customize forms and reports.

Accomplishing More with Less: Graduate Course; March 16; 12:30–2 p.m.; $40. If you participated in our original Accomplishing More with Less webinar, this graduate course is for you. In the first webinar, you learned strategic tools to help you manage your job and your daily tasks. Well now it’s time to track your progress! This follow-up webinar will help you evaluate your results and figure out how to tackle any road blocks that have hindered your productivity at work.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Developing Your Professional Presence; March 20; 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.

Essentials of Management;begins March 20; multiple dates with multiple times; $250. Learn the most effective management tools, skills and information to do your job well. This unique program, which is customized for new managers and experienced managers who are new to Penn, can help you excel in your job and career. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in a 360-degree feedback process that will provide valuable data about your current skills. Plus, you’ll be part of a cohort of fellow managers who can provide invaluable peer experience and support.

Advanced Microsoft Excel 2007 Pivot Tables; March 20; 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.

Teams: Who, What, When, Why & How; March 21, 22; 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; $75. Teams are more than just a group of people working together. They can be a valuable way to create synergy and produce outstanding results—or a colossal waste of your time. The difference is in the planning, and it consists of answering some very basic questions: What is a team? Why use a team? When is it appropriate? Who should belong to the team? How will we accomplish our objective? Get answers to these questions and more!

Microsoft Office PowerPoint Techniques 2007; March 21; 2:30–4 p.m.; $40. Enhance your skills and discover the power of Microsoft PowerPoint. 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.

Managing for High Performance; March 27; 9 a.m.–noon; $50. If you’re like most managers, you want the best of the best when it comes to the talent and skill level of your team. But how do you ensure that you’re attracting high performers in the workplace? We’ll tell you! This workshop will show you tools for recruiting talented employees and allowing them to grow and thrive. We’ll also give you strategies for retaining high performers so they don’t get scooped up by other organizations.

Tuition Benefit Information Session; March 30; noon–1 p.m.; free. Tuition benefits are an important advantage of being a faculty or staff member at Penn. This program will show you how to request and make the most of these benefits. A Q&A session will address any questions you have about using the tuition benefit for yourself, your family or your dependents.

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

Lowering Cholesterol Levels Without Medication; March 1; noon–1 p.m.; free. It’s not uncommon for people to combat high cholesterol with medication. But there are plenty of ways to lower your levels without resorting to pills. Come to this workshop to learn different ways to keep your cholesterol levels in check without medication. This workshop will be led by Emil DeGoma, medical director, Preventive Cardiovascular Program, Penn Heart and Vascular Center.

Chair Yoga; March 7; noon–1 p.m.; free. Yoga is a popular form of exercise these days, but it’s not for everyone. If you’ve been tempted to try it but don’t like the idea of striking a pose on the floor, chair yoga may be the answer. It’s a gentle form of yoga that’s done while sitting in a chair or using a chair for support. You get the benefits of a regular yoga workout, like better strength, flexibility and balance, without having to master complicated poses.

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

Building Resilience and Avoiding Burnout; March 13; 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.

Relaxing Ways to Manage Your Stress; March 28; noon–1 p.m.; free. Don’t let stress take a toll on your wellbeing. We can show you how to win the war on stress and become a pro at tackling tension. Come learn about different relaxation tools, guided imagery practices, and a variety of breathing and muscle relaxation techniques that you can use at work and at home.

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