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myHR: March 16, 2011

What’s in Store for 2011–2012 Open Enrollment?

Penn is committed to taking care of what matters most to our faculty and staff, like the health and wellbeing of you and your family. That’s why we’re making it easy for you to stay on top of Open Enrollment details this year. There are some significant changes in store for the 2011-2012 plan year, and we want you to be prepared.

We’re making several changes to comply with health care reform legislation, manage costs and maintain our commitment to a highly competitive benefits package. Read on for a brief overview of how benefit options are changing as of July 1.

  • Penn will offer four medical plan options: two of these plans are currently offered and two are new. You’ll still be able to use either the Aetna or Independence Blue Cross provider networks, but this new mix of plans provides greater choice for you and your family. In addition, all medical plans will include expanded coverage for autism and In Vitro Fertilization.

  • Health care reform legislation includes a number of new provisions. For instance, we’re extending coverage to adult children up to age 26. Plus, lifetime coverage limits will be eliminated and preventive care will be covered at 100%.

  • The premium rate structure for our healthcare plans is changing. There will also be changes in payroll contributions and out-of-pockets costs for some medical plans.

  • The MetLife Preferred Dentist Program will have a deductible of $50 per person, and the annual maximum benefit will increase from $1,500 to $2,000 per person.

You can find more details about all of these changes on the Human Resources website. Just click here, or attend one of our upcoming Open Enrollment information sessions to learn more.

Words at Work

Clear communication skills are important no matter what kind of job you have. Whether you’re creating an email, composing a letter or drafting a report, effective writing skills are the key to ensuring that your message is on target and on time. And we can show you how it’s done.

Words at Work will help you become a top-notch writer in the workplace. You’ll learn how to be clear, concise and persuasive with your words while capturing the appropriate tone for your audience. You’ll also discover how to overcome procrastination and kick that case of writer’s block for good. By the end of this program, you’ll know how to write comfortably, quickly and with greater confidence.

Ready to polish your skills? This three-day workshop will be held on March 24, 29 and 31 from 9am–12pm. For more details and to register, click here.

Models of Excellence Awards: Grab Your Invitation Now

It’s not every day you get to learn about the extraordinary work happening on our campus. But now is your chance. This year’s Models of Excellence Award winners are a testament to the extraordinary leadership, talent and innovation at Penn. Join us as we celebrate these role models and recognize their accomplishments.

The 2011 Models of Excellence Awards Ceremony will take place on March 31 from 3:30pm–5:30pm in the Annenberg Center. Take part in the excitement as this year’s award winners are announced. You’ll also get to see President Gutmann reveal the Model Supervisor Award winner live on stage.

So grab a seat while you can! If you’d like an invitation to the ceremony, click here.

Bridge the Generation Gap at Work

It’s not easy to characterize today’s workplace. From Baby Boomers to Generation X to Millenials, people of all ages are working beside one another. And that means personality conflicts are bound to happen no matter how hard you try to avoid them.

Maybe you’re struggling to overcome a communication divide in your department. Or you’re having a hard time adapting to your colleague’s work style. How do you bridge the generation gap and start working as a team?

Get answers to these questions and more at our free lunchtime workshop, Working as a Team Across Generation Gaps. You’ll learn how to effectively work with and manage people at all stages of life. Whether they’re younger or older, or have different work habits and values than your own, we’ll show you how to communicate across the generations and boost productivity in your department.

This workshop will take place on April 6. For more details and to register, click here.