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myHR: July 6, 2011

The Art of Effective Email Writing

Email is a fast and easy way to communicate on the job. But if you send a message that lands in an overflowing inbox, how do you ensure it gets the attention it deserves? Well now you can find out.

Join us on July 19 to learn the ins and outs of effective email communication. Effective Business Email Writing will show you how to develop and write content so your messages are opened and easily understood. From attention-grabbing subject lines to appropriate tone and style, find out how to create clear and concise emails that get the job done.

Click here for more details and to register.

Penn Makes it Easy to Get and Stay Healthy

If a healthy lifestyle is high on your list of priorities, Penn is a great place to work. At least that’s what Penn staff member Valerie Dorn thinks.

As Director of Pre-Health Programs for Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies, Valerie oversees an innovative program that helps students gain admission to medical, dental and veterinary schools. From reviewing applications to academic advising to communicating with prospective students, she’s got her hands in a variety of tasks to help people pursue a medical career.

But her passion for wellness doesn’t stop there. In addition to preparing students for the health care world, Valerie’s also keen on maintaining her own health and wellness—and she thinks Penn is the perfect place to do that.

"Penn offers so many programs to get and stay healthy. It shows how much the University cares about employees and making sure we take care of ourselves," Valerie said.

Since beginning work at Penn in 2004, she’s participated in a number of wellness programs to help maintain an active lifestyle. As a Penn Walking Program participant, she completed two 5-K walks on campus and numerous group walks on Fridays. She’s also a frequent participant in the lunchtime nutrition workshop series and makes it a point to register for the Maintain, Don’t Gain program every year.

"A lot of our wellness programs are right on campus, and many are even free. It’s really hard to find that outside of Penn. It can’t get more convenient than that," Valerie said.

She also enjoys the networking aspect of Penn’s health and wellness programs, especially after developing friendships with people she never would have met otherwise. "I love being able to interact with people from across campus. Penn is such a big place, and everyone is so busy that it can be hard to get to know people in other departments. But these programs help you overcome that obstacle," Valerie said.

Ready to kick-start your healthy lifestyle? Click here to learn more about Penn’s health and wellness programs and workshops.

If Disability Strikes, Will You Be Ready?

Your risk of becoming disabled is higher than you might think. In fact, studies show that Americans have a three in ten chance of becoming disabled before retirement age. So how can you protect yourself if you fall victim to an injury or illness and can’t work? Penn’s Supplemental Long-Term Disability (LTD) program may help.

Provided by Standard Insurance Company, the Supplemental LTD program can help protect your income when a disability leaves you unable to work. Even if you’re eligible for Long-Term Disability benefits through Penn, they may not be enough for your particular needs. But Supplemental LTD benefits can cover more of your income when the unexpected strikes. Plus, these benefits are portable, which means you can continue the coverage even if you leave Penn.

And that’s not all. If you’re eligible for the Supplemental LTD program, you’ll receive discounted premium rates and a non-cancelable policy up to age 65. So you get the protection you need to support yourself and your family.

For complete details on Penn’s Supplemental LTD program, click here.

Funeral Planning Tools at Your Fingertips

Planning the funeral of a loved one can be one of the most stressful times in your life. What funeral home should I use? How will I pay for it? What kind of service should I have? Questions like these are never easy, but we can help ease the burden in your time of need.

Penn offers eligible faculty and staff, as well as your dependents, access to funeral planning services at no extra cost. Provided by Everest, a nationwide funeral planning and concierge service, you can speak with a funeral planning advisor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also access services for your parents, in-laws or other relatives through Everest at a fee.

You’ll receive expert financial advice, assistance with estate planning, and ongoing family support throughout the process. You can also request price comparison reports on local funeral homes and even get help negotiating the costs.

Want to learn more? Click here for complete details and to access Everest’s online planning tools.