Human Resources: Upcoming Programs
May 27, 2014, Volume 60, No. 35
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 http://knowledgelink.upenn.edu or contacting Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.
Words at Work; June 3, 6 and 11; 9 a.m.-noon; $75. Are you ready to improve your business writing skills? This 3-part workshop is designed to provide you with an updated, practical, no-nonsense perspective on today’s business writing. The workshop challenges many long-held assumptions about the “right” way to communicate. By the end of this course, you will: gain a better understanding of the dynamics of written communication; try out a group of the latest writing tools; transform tentative, imprecise writing into effective communication; energize your writing style; develop appropriateness, clarity and powerful expression; and learn how to revise your own work.
Brown Bag Matinee: Developing your Presentation Skills; June 4; 11 a.m.-noon; free. Fear. That’s the main reason most people won’t make presentations—or make them poorly. By following the three simple lessons in the video, “I Wasn’t Prepared for That,” anyone can conquer presentation phobia and go on to make his or her case successfully and professionally.
Brown Bag: Why All the Fuss About Strengths?; June 9; noon-1 p.m.; free. “If you spend your life trying to be good at everything, you will never be great at anything.” Join us to learn why experts in strengths development make this statement. By the time you leave you will know what strengths are, why the concept of the “well-rounded leader” is a myth, and the career benefits of knowing your signature strengths.
Brown Bag Matinee: Accountability That Works!; June 17; noon-1 p.m.; free. Take charge of your actions and efforts to become more effective and promote better relationships throughout Penn. Join us for an engaging video and discussion that focuses on three basic concepts that make up the accountability model: responsibility, empowerment and accountability.
Money Matters—Early Career Establishing Yourself; June 20; noon-1 p.m.; free. Learning about the many ways you can begin to save for your future.
Career Focus Brown Bag: Ace Your Next Interview!; June 25; 1-2 p.m.; free. Prepare to ace your next interview! Let us take you step-by-step through the process of preparing for your next important job interview. By the end of this workshop you will be able to positively present yourself to a hiring manager, ask the right questions and demonstrate that you are the perfect fit for the job. Bring your questions and let’s prepare for the interview!
Managing Multiple Projects, Objectives and Deadlines; June 26; 9 a.m.-noon; $75. Learn how to get and keep control of concurrent projects, competing priorities and critical deadlines. You can master valuable new skills that will build your project management capabilities. This seminar provides everything you need to know about multiplying the results you get each day. You’ll gain vital new insights into how to maximize your on-the-job effectiveness.
Managing Multiple Projects, Objectives and Deadlines; June 26; 1:30-4:30 p.m.; $75. Learn how to get and keep control of concurrent projects, competing priorities and critical deadlines. You can master valuable new skills that will build your project management capabilities. This seminar provides everything you need to know about multiplying the results you get each day. You’ll gain vital new insights into how to maximize your on-the-job effectiveness.
Brown Bag Matinee: Project Management; July 8; 11 a.m.-noon; 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.
Enhancing Your Personal and Professional Career Development through the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI); July 16; 9 a.m.-noon; $75. Learn how your Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) results and personality type impact your personal development—and your career. Join us for this three-hour interactive session to expand your knowledge of the MBTI test and analyze your results. Note: if you register for this session you must complete an online self-assessment prior to the class. You will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the self-assessment.
Brown Bag Matinee: Building a Winning Team; July 17; noon-1 p.m.; free. Fear and uncertainty in the workplace hurt team morale and lead to pessimism, poor focus and subpar performance. Through this brown bag matinee, you will learn strategies for successfully uniting teams. You’ll see how sharing a unifying vision rallies a team, and how positivity, celebrating, success and addressing negativity are critical to a team’s success. Focus on creating inspired, committed relationships to deliver top performance.
Career Focus Brown Bag: Networking for Success; July 24; 1-2 p.m.; free. How do we gain power and influence in the workplace? Network, network, network! Although we all know that networking is one of the most important moves for career success, many of us feel uncomfortable networking in the workplace. Participate in this session and you’ll be able to describe the importance of networking, develop a networking plan and gain tips for putting your plan into action.
Beyond Service Excellence: Connecting with the People We Serve; July 30; 1-5 p.m.; $75. The only customers who will keep coming back and who will be consistently loyal—and—recommend your services to others—are those who feel emotionally connected. Learn how to leverage opportunities to make a connection and what behaviors strengthen a connection.
Discovering the Benefits at Penn; July 31; 1-2 p.m.; free. You love the benefits you gain by working for Penn. But there is a good chance there are even more benefits than you knew existed! Be prepared to be surprised and delighted by more than 100 “hidden benefits” we’ll reveal in this session. We’re sure there is something that will make your day. Join us for this invaluable treasure hunt!
Setting SMART Goals; August 5; 11 a.m.-noon; free. The best goals are smart goals— well, actually SMART goals! SMART is a handy acronym for the five characteristics of well-designed goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. It’s a simple tool used to go beyond the realm of fuzzy goal-setting into an actionable plan for results. Put yourself on the fast-track of achieving your goals by applying the SMART principles.
Expanding Your Assertiveness in Communications; August 7; 9 a.m.-noon; $75. Expand your ability to communicate effectively with colleagues. The work environment often brings challenges related to communications and conflict. Whether it’s the impact of balancing priorities or an upcoming deadline, interacting with colleagues requires the art of assertive communications to achieve results. Join this seminar to examine different communications models and learn how to think—and act—assertively. You’ll be ready to consider the impacts of conflict and stress and utilize tactics to communicate with constructive language.
Present with Success; August 13; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; $75. Modern presentations need to be impactful and interesting—which means that organization, planning and polish are all musts. This Brody session focuses on the effective development and delivery of presentations for those business professionals who wish to engage their audience from the start, make a lasting impact and get results.
Brown Bag Matinee—Conflict Resolution; August 14; noon-1 p.m.; free. Conflict in the workplace should be addressed in order to maintain productivity, increase retention rates and improve morale. Failure to address conflict often leads to an escalation of the problem and may lead to unproductive behaviors such as resentment, displacement or defensiveness. This video will help you find a win-win solution.
Career Management in the Age of the App; August 21; 12:30-1:30 p.m.; $40. This online workshop is designed for all professionals who are looking for clarity on the next steps in their career. This session will provide you with a new framework for thinking about career advancement, and will help you articulate big picture goals and milestones for the next six months to one year. People on the Go, the facilitator of this program, will send you log in information approximately three days before the start of the program.
Career Focus Brown Bag: Ace Your Next Interview!; August 22; 1-2 p.m.; free. Prepare to ace your next interview! Let us take you step-by-step through the process of preparing for your next important job interview. By the end of this workshop you will be able to positively present yourself to a hiring manager, ask the right questions, and demonstrate that you are the perfect fit for the job. Bring your questions and let’s prepare for the interview!
Buying a Home Through Penn’s Home Ownership Program; August 26; noon-1 p.m.; free. Join us for a free workshop to discover how you can use Penn’s Home Ownership Program to buy a home—or make home improvements—in the West Philadelphia neighborhood. You’ll learn about eligibility requirements as well as other resources to help you with the home-buying process. If you are interested in living in the greater West Philadelphia neighborhood, join us at this session to learn more about the program and our services.
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
Understanding and Navigating Workplace Politics;June 12; noon-1 p.m.; free. Organizational politics are present in all workplaces. This workshop will provide tips for keeping your workplace as stress-free as possible and understanding the strategies to making politics work for you in getting your job done. Simple conversation skills—even knowing when to say nothing at all—can further develop your professional image and help you succeed.
Building Resilience and Avoiding Burnout; June 26; noon-1 p.m.; free. At this presentation, you’ll learn how to avoid burnout, bounce back from adversity and be resilient even under the most demanding circumstances.
Understanding Generational Differences in the Workplace; July 10; noon-1 p.m.; free. Learn tips for communicating and collaborating with coworkers who have different generational perspectives.
Getting Organized at Work and at Home; August 12; noon-1 p.m.; free. As the academic year gets rolling, learn organizational strategies that will help you declutter, avoid stress and manage your time and energy wisely.
—Division of Human Resources