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myHR: January 19, 2011

Turn Your Tax Cut into a Retirement Gain

It’s not often the government reduces taxes, but we’re getting a break this year in the form of lower Social Security taxes. In 2011, the employee portion of the Social Security tax is being cut from 6.2% to 4.2%. That’s a 2% increase in your take-home pay for a full year!

This gives you a great opportunity to jump-start your retirement savings. Since this money would have been going toward a retirement program anyway, why not put it towards the same goal by increasing your retirement contributions? If you save on a pre-tax basis, you could contribute the entire 2% and still see an increase in your take-home pay.

Every little bit you save adds up. If you invest the extra money now, you can boost your retirement savings without worrying about how it’ll affect your paycheck. Since you weren’t used to having the extra money before, you won’t even notice a difference now.

To take advantage of this great opportunity, click here or call the Penn Retirement Call Center at 1-877-PENN-RET (1-877-736-6738).


Charge Ahead in Your Job

Feedback is a great way to gauge your strengths and weaknesses. But it focuses on the past, not the future. How do you take the next step and use that feedback to change your future? FeedForward can take you there.

This new training program helps you envision a positive future and discover how to get there. You’ll focus on solutions, not problems. Instead of rehashing past mistakes, choose a behavior you’d like to improve and learn how to do it. You’ll learn tips for improving your job performance that are sure to move your career forward and have a positive impact on your colleagues as well.

So bring your lunch on January 26, and we’ll provide the popcorn! Click here to register, or contact Learning and Education at 215-898-3400 for more details.


Fast, Healthy Meals for Your Family

Serving quick and healthy meals is a constant challenge for busy parents. It’s hard enough getting the family together at the table, let alone finding the time to plan and cook a nutritious meal that everyone likes. But we can help!

Join us on January 25 for our latest nutrition workshop—Feeding Your Family: Quick and Healthy Ideas. You’ll learn how to combine the right foods and ingredients to create fun, healthy and tasty meals your whole family will love. By the time this workshop is over, you’ll have plenty of ideas for fast and delicious menus that’ll win over even the pickiest of eaters.

Register now for this free lunchtime workshop, or contact Human Resources at 215-898-5116 or suzsmith@upenn.edu for details.


Does a Career Change Have Your Family on Edge?

When one person changes careers, it can have a ripple effect on the entire family. What will this mean for us financially? How will our daily routine change? In many ways, career transitions can take a mental toll on everyone in the household. But you can help your family take the challenges in stride.

Supporting Family Members through Career Transitions is a free workshop that will show you how to maintain your family’s wellbeing during this challenging time. Learn how to stay stress-free and supportive of your loved ones regardless of the changes that lie ahead.

This free lunchtime workshop will be held on January 27. Click here to register, or contact Human Resources at 215-573-2471 or kenne@upenn.edu for more information.