myHR: News from Penn's Division of Human Resources

myHR Archives

myHR: September 5, 2012

Help Us Celebrate 20 Years of Penn Family Day

Help us celebrate the 20th anniversary of Penn Family Day on Saturday, October 13. Bring your family and friends and show off Penn’s lively campus, where you can enjoy a tailgate party, a football game, a museum visit, and ice skating all in the same day. Penn’s unique environment makes our annual family day a treat for all.

Keep in mind that you need tickets to attend some of the events. You can get up to four tickets for free, and additional tickets are just $8 each. The ticket order deadline is Friday, October 5, so make sure you order yours before it’s too late.

The fun centers around a tailgate party (11:30am-1pm), where you’ll join thousands of other revelers in enjoying free food, face painting, a moon bounce, and games for all ages. And when the tailgate closes down, there’s plenty more to enjoy.

Cheer on the Penn football team as they take on Ivy League rival Columbia at 1pm. Or visit the Penn Museum any time between 10am and 5pm for a special event: Mummies and Daddies Day. Go behind the scenes to watch how Egyptian mummies are conserved, participate in a self-guided scavenger hunt to win prizes, and explore the Museum’s many galleries. You can also head to the Penn Ice Rink for low-cost skating and skate rentals from 5:30pm-7pm.

Visit the Human Resources website for more details, including how to order tickets and where to find free parking.


Knowledge is Power!

You make countless workplace decisions every day, some more complex than others. In each case, you need information to move forward. But how do you know what information to use—and how to use it?

You may need to boil a lengthy report down to the most important points. Or gather data so you can recommend a solution to a difficult problem. Determining the credible facts can be difficult and stressful.

Join us on September 26 and 27 to learn how to use information to the best advantage—for Penn and your career. Gain the skills that enable you to assess new situations, organize details, and analyze information. Through an interactive case study, you’ll learn how to evaluate data to draw conclusions and make pivotal decisions.

To register for AMA’s workshop on Improving Your Analytical Skills: Making Information Work for You, click here.


Expert Tips for Handling Difficult People

Chances are you’ve had to deal with a difficult person at some point in your life. It could be a boss, a coworker, or even a family member. Handling these relationships—whether personal or professional—can be a major source of frustration and stress. But we can show you how to apply specific skills and strategies to make these interactions a lot easier.

Join us on September 19 for Advanced Methods in Handling Difficult and Angry Interactions. Learn how to effect “win-win” solutions in the face of difficult and angry interactions. Get insight into how to master your own internal reactions. By the end of this workshop, you’ll learn how to apply assertiveness, collaboration, and partnering techniques to keep yourself and others under control. Click here for complete details and to register.


Vanguard Participants: Learn about Upcoming Investment Changes

If you’re invested in a Vanguard fund through Penn’s retirement plans, some upcoming changes may affect you.

As of October 19, forty Vanguard funds will no longer be available through Penn’s direct retirement fund lineup. If you’re invested in one of those funds, you have a decision to make:

  1. Open a Vanguard Brokerage Option (VBO) account. You can continue to invest in the closing funds by opening a VBO account. You must complete a VBO account application by this Friday, September 7.
  2. Move your money to different funds. You can move your balances and redirect future contributions to other funds that are still available to you through Penn’s direct retirement fund lineup. You must do this before Friday, October 19.
  3. Do nothing. If you do nothing, your balances and future contributions will automatically be directed to a Vanguard Target Retirement Fund on Friday, October 19.

To help you figure out the best move for you, Vanguard representatives will be on campus several days in September to discuss the changes, answer your questions, and help you make the most of your retirement plan.

Date Time Location
Tuesday, September 11 12pm Houston Hall
218 Ben Franklin Room
Thursday, September 13 12pm Houston Hall
218 Ben Franklin Room
Tuesday, September 18 12pm Perelman School of Medicine
John Morgan Building
Class of 1962 Auditorium

If you can’t make one of these meetings, you can register for a live webinar that you can watch from your desk on Thursday, September 20 at 12pm. Or, speak with a Vanguard representative by calling 1-800-523-1188.

Visit Vanguard’s website for complete details about the changes.