February 18, 2014, Volume 60, 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 knowledgelink.upenn.edu or contacting Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.
Conducting Performance Appraisals for Supervisors; March 5; 11 a.m.-noon; free. You are supervising or managing other employees and feel the need to learn more about how to prepare for and conduct performance appraisals. This is the course you’ve been looking for! Join us to find out best practices for this important annual procedure.
AMA’s The Voice of Leadership: How Leaders Inspire, Influence and Achieve Results; March 6-7; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; $75. Communication and success go hand in hand, especially when you’re a leader who needs to make tough decisions on a daily basis. This fast-paced, results-oriented seminar will help you strengthen your leadership communication skills. You’ll learn how to use communication to turn your vision and strategies into reality. You’ll also discover practical ways to shape your leadership messages, develop an authentic leadership voice and engage in powerful conversations that achieve results.
Participating in Performance Appraisals for Staff; March 11; 1-2 p.m.; free. Join this workshop to understand the performance appraisal process and learn how you can prepare to have a productive review session.
Professional and Respectful Workplaces; March 12; noon-1 p.m.; free. The issue of respect is often at center stage, for it affects fairly directly a person’s life and personal chances. In our public and everyday life, many terms reveal the heightened sensitivity about disrespect: harassment, racism, sexism, ageism, classism, hate speech and incivility, to name a few. The focus of this workshop will center on Respect, Responsibility, and Resources and is designed to provide the opportunity to discuss respect and respectful behavior in the workplace, as well as provide tools to prevent harassment and other forms of prohibited discrimination before it occurs. This session is devoted to discussing theory and practice, as well as applicable university policy and procedures, behaviors that may suggest workplace issues, and resources that can help solve problems. Effective prevention strategies can help create a workplace that is free from destructive or inappropriate behavior, and can help facilitate a more productive workplace environment.
Identity Theft; March 14; noon-1 p.m.; free.This one-hour program, facilitated by PNC, will detail the various ways you can prevent identity theft and protect your good name and credit.
Writing Efficient Email; March 17; 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; $75. In this class you will learn the components of good writing as they pertain to writing email that is clear, concise, active and well organized. You will learn what makes email writing and etiquette different from any other format of business writing. An integral part of the class is that you will learn how to revise your own work, including micro- and macro-editing skills. Also, even though many emails can be written with bullet points, the how-to of proper paragraphing and transitions between paragraphs, will be covered.
Brown Bag Matinee: Project Management; March 19; 9-10 a.m.; free. Not everyone who has to manage a project knows how to do it well. This video and discussion will provide solutions for project leaders to better manage your team and meet your objectives and timeline.
Brown Bag: Mastering the Art of Cover Letters; March 27; 11 a.m.-noon; free. We all know that employers get so many resumes in response to just one job opening. It becomes more important than ever to find ways to make your information stand out from the crowd. A well written cover letter gives you that great opportunity to communicate your ‘match’ to the position and your ‘fit’ to the organization. Come to this session to learn the steps to creating a powerful cover letter.
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/myhr/registration or contact Human Resources at (215) 573-2471 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Optimizing Personal and Professional Relationships; March 13; noon-1 p.m.; free. This seminar focuses on beneficial relationships in your personal life as well as your professional life. Learn to understand, build and maintain effective relationships with the most important people around you.
There’s No Such Thing as a Perfect Parent and That’s Just Fine; March 26; noon-1 p.m.; free. This workshop busts the myth of the perfect parent and many other parenting fallacies. Learn how to personalize the parenting experience, focus on what works instead of what’s “wrong” and “right,” turn garbage into gold, and make the “perfect kid.”
—Division of Human Resources