Strategies for dealing with work and life

Whether it’s navigating the rocky shoals of the legal system or the aisles of your supermarket, upcoming Quality of Work Life workshops from the Division of Human Resources can teach you the skills you need to succeed. On the job front, Learning and Education has a program that does the same for you at salary negotiation time. All of these programs are free.

For course locations and more information on Learning and Education programs, call 215-898-3400 or visit Registration required for most programs.

QOWL course locations and online registration can be found at or contact Human Resources at 215-898-5116 or For personalized assistance with dependent care issues and personal well-being, contact Penn’s Employee Assistance Program and Work and Family Services provider, Penn Behavioral Health, at 1-888-321-4433 or go online to

Quality of Work Life workshops

Supermarket Smarts
Good nutrition starts in the supermarket, and this workshop offers plenty of tips on how to plan meals and make food choices that are good for you and your family. Participants will practice becoming healthy shoppers by modifying their current shopping list to be more aware of heart-healthy options. This workshop is sponsored by Human Resources and led by an expert from Independence Blue Cross. Please feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch.

- March 18, noon to 1 p.m., free

Navigating Complex Legal Issues for Elders in Your Life
According to the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, legal problems that affect the elderly are growing significantly. Laws and regulations are becoming more complex, and actions taken by older people in one area may have unintended legal effects on another. This seminar will address the broad legal issues in elder care and how to find an attorney or other elder care professional to assist you in making plans and caring for an elderly relative. Some of the legal issues include:

• Medicaid

• Medicare claims and appeals

• Durable powers of attorney and living wills for financial management and health care decisions

• Estate planning and the preservation/transfer of assets

This workshop is led by an expert from Penn’s Employee Assistance Program and Work and Family Services Provider. Please feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch.

- March 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., free

Learning and Education program

Career Focus Brown Bag: Salary Negotiation
This entertaining video gives insight into both sides of salary negotiations. Learn to prepare for and handle these all-important conversations. Penn compensation specialists will explain how the process works here and answer your questions. Bring your lunch; we’ll provide the popcorn!

- March 26, noon to 1 p.m., free

Originally published on March 18, 2004