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Human Resources Upcoming Programs

March 20, 2012, Volume 58, 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 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.

Managing and Organizing Your Email Inbox Using Microsoft Outlook 2007; April 10; 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 Office PowerPoint Techniques 2010
; April 11; 12:30-2 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, multimedia and self-running presentations, using templates and shortcuts.

Microsoft Word 2010 Techniques
; April 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 contents and an index.

Microsoft Access 2010 Techniques: Beginner
; April 12; 2:30-4 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.

Effective Business Email Writing
; April 17; 2:30-4 p.m.; $40. Email is a fast and easy way to communicate on the job. But if you send a message that lands in an overflowing inbox, how do you ensure it gets the attention it deserves? Well, now you can find out. This workshop will show you how to develop and write content so your messages are opened and easily understood. From attention-grabbing subject lines to appropriate tone and style, find out how to create clear and concise emails that get the job done.

Brown Bag Matinee—The Attitude Virus
; April 18; noon-1 p.m.; free. It isn’t unusual for negative attitudes to spread in the workplace. But you can learn how to successfully eliminate the attitude “virus” before it even starts. This workshop will teach you how to create a positive and productive work environment that’s free of gossip, misdirected anger and a strong resistance to change.

Accomplishing More with Less
; April 19, 26, May 3; 12:30-2 p.m.; $40. 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 Excel Macros
; April 24; noon-2 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. Learn the ins and outs of macros and how they can help simplify your work.

Social Media in a Nutshell
; April 24; 2:10-2:50 p.m.; $40. If you’ve been wondering how social media can benefit your workplace, we can help. This webinar will cover 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.

Career Management in the Age of the App
; April 25; 3-5 p.m.; $40. Climbing the career ladder can be challenging, especially if you feel like you’re moving in one direction and not making any progress. But in today’s technology-driven world, everything you need to advance is right at your fingertips—and we’ll show you how to use these tools to explore your talents and meet your professional goals. This workshop will teach you how to define your short- and long-term career goals, and how to stay on track with those goals from one month to the next.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Preparing for Your Performance Appraisal
; April 26; noon-1 p.m.; free. Performance appraisals are a powerful tool when it comes to your career, and we’ll help you make the most of yours. Come learn tips for evaluating your work performance, talking with your supervisor and mapping out your future career goals.

Microsoft Office 2007 Tips and Tricks Crash Course
; April 26; 2:30-4 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.

Effective Meetings
; April 27; noon-2 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.

Critical Thinking Essentials: Applying Critical Thinking Skills
; April 30; 1:30-4:30 p.m.; $50. Good decision-making starts with critical thinking, and we’ll show you how to do it! This workshop will teach you to think critically and how to be more successful when it comes to handling workplace issues.

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

Women’s Heart Health
; April 5; noon-1 p.m.; free. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women, but you can do a lot to help protect yourself (and other women in your life) from it. This workshop will teach you the most common causes of heart disease and how to prevent it. You’ll leave with a better sense of how to live a healthier, more heart-friendly lifestyle.

Smoking Cessation: Holistic Strategies for Making Small but Powerful Changes
; April 17; noon-1 p.m.; free. Come learn a different approach to quitting smoking. This workshop will teach you how to be more conscious of some common triggers that are related to smoking and help you understand the connection between smoking and stress. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in a guided meditation that’ll help you reduce stress and visualize yourself as a non-smoker. You’ll also have the chance to take a closer look at your own smoking habits and develop strategies for making small but powerful changes. 

Q&A with a Fitness Professional
; April 19; noon-1 p.m.; free. You probably know that exercise and weight-training are vital to a healthy lifestyle. But how do you make them part of your lifestyle? Come hear how different types of exercise promote healthful aging, fitness, performance, and weight management. You can also learn and ask questions about the benefits of healthy living, healthful thinking, and how to get (and stay) fit. This workshop will be led by an expert from Penn’s Department of Recreation.

Penn Walking Program 5K
; April 27; noon-1 p.m.; free. Take charge of your health by joining us for a 5K (3.1 mile) walk! We’ll meet in front of the Ben Franklin statue on College Green. All faculty and staff are welcome to participate. If you’re a member of the Penn Walking Program, you’re encouraged to wear your “I’m a Penn Walker” t-shirt and bring your pedometer. You’ll also be able to register for the Penn Walking Program.

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

Easing the Financial Challenges of Elder Care
; April 12; noon-1 p.m.; free. Is there an elder relative in your life? Regardless of whether you’re the caregiver, you may need to know how to deal with current trends in elder care finances. Come to this workshop to learn about wills, power of attorney and advance directives; long-term care insurance; and recent trends in housing and property issues.

Relaxing Ways to Manage Your Stress
; April 25; 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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