Human Resources: Upcoming December Programs
November 24, 2015, Volume 62, No. 15
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.
Decision Making Strategies; 12/2; 1-2 p.m. Sharpen your skills in this one-hour refresher on the fine art of decision making. We’ll cover common types of decisions, a range of helpful decision-making tools and a number of tips and best practices that will help you work more efficiently.
Root Cause Analysis; 12/8; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; $75. This one-day course provides participants the opportunity to develop their skills in key areas of problem solving and decision making. These include how to evaluate the potential impact of an upcoming solution or decision and what level of fact gathering, involvement of others and risk assessment is warranted; how to execute the solution of decision in the most effective manner; and how to evaluate the short-term and long-term results.
Career Focus Brown Bag—Resumes; 12/9; noon-1 p.m. Resumes and cover letters are your tools to market yourself for your next position. Do you wonder how to create an effective, dynamic resume? The workshop topic includes effective resume styles and formats. We’ll discuss how to focus on the employer’s needs versus your own; how to use powerful assertions; how to inspire and excite the employer; and buzzwords to include to catch the employer’s attention.
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
Breastfeeding Support Group; 12/7; noon-1:30 p.m. Come meet other new moms on campus, get help with breastfeeding challenges or share what’s worked for you. If you are breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, pregnant and thinking about breastfeeding, or formula-feeding and curious about breastfeeding, this group is for you. This group is open to Penn faculty, staff, students and post-docs and their partners. Funding for this group is provided by the Division of Human Resources, the Family Resource Center and the Penn Women’s Center.
Coping and Dealing with Difficult Personalities; 12/8; 1-2 p.m. The key to handling difficult personalities is learning how to manage conflict and avoid potential and unnecessary conflict. You won’t be able to control the difficult person, but you will be able to control yourself and help the situation. This workshop will provide participants with conflict management and communication tips to use when interfacing with difficult personalities at home and at work.
New and Expectant Parent Briefing; 12/10; noon-1 p.m. This is an introductory resource briefing designed for expectant parents and those who are new to parenting or child care. Participants will learn about local and University childcare and parenting resources, including breastfeeding support and the nursing mothers program, childcare locators, back-up care, adjusting to new schedules, and flexible work options, among other topics. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with other expectant and new parents.
Using Mindfulness Skills to Relax Into the Holiday Season; 12/15; noon-1 p.m. When you are being mindful, you are compassionately paying attention to the present moment. How might you use the skills of mindfulness to help you navigate the holiday season? Through discussion and fun-filled exercises, this interactive workshop will allow you to become more conscious of how you spend the precious hours in your day, so that you can become both more effective and more relaxed. You will also experience how meditation can help to increase your well-being and reduce stress.
Tips for Effective Meetings; 12/15; 1-2 p.m. Meetings consume much of the time we spend at work, but the effectiveness of these meetings is often questioned by the participants. We will discuss key things that can be done by both the meeting organizer and the participant to ensure meetings are more effective and productive.
Healthy Living Workshops
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/myhr/registration or contact Human Resources at (215) 573-2471 or email@example.com
Chair Yoga; 12/2; noon-1 p.m. Plenty of people turn to yoga for exercise, but striking a pose isn’t for everyone. If you’ve been tempted to try it but don’t know where to start, it’s time to try chair yoga, a more moderate form of yoga that’s done while sitting in a chair or using a chair for support. You get the same benefits of a regular yoga workout (like increased strength, flexibility and balance) but don’t have to master complex poses. Chair yoga can even better your breathing and teach you how to relax your mind and improve your wellbeing. Ready to give it a try? Join us for a free Chair Yoga workshop. Don’t worry about your experience or flexibility—chair yoga can be modified for all levels. This workshop will be led by John Wylie, Department of Public Safety at Penn. Also 12/16.
Gentle Yoga; 12/4; 10:30-11:30 a.m. Let your body reward itself with movement! Join us for this Gentle Yoga session and explore the natural movements of the spine with slow and fluid moving bends and soft twists. During this session, you will flow into modified sun salutations that loosen those tightened muscles and joints of the lower back, neck, shoulders and wrists. As an added bonus, you’ll get a workout in the process. Mats and props will be provided. Also 12/11.
Guided Meditation—Take a Breath and Relax; 12/11; noon-1 p.m. Practice mindful breathing that focuses your attention on the present moment with kindness, compassion and awareness. Self-massage and gentle mindful movements that promote relaxation and reduce stress may also be included in the workshop. No experience necessary. Sandra Herman, the instructor for the course, has 30 years of experience in the fields of social work and health education. She has a special interest and expertise in holistic approaches to stress reduction. She has conducted individual wellness sessions and workshops in stress reduction and smoking cessation for Penn students. These sessions incorporate not only educational and behavioral counseling techniques, but also mind/body awareness practices, including meditation, reiki, guided imagery, self-massage and qigong. Ms. Herman also maintains a private consulting practice with individuals and organizations, where she shares these varied methods for increasing calm and balance in facing life’s many challenges.
—Division of Human Resources