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myHR: January 16, 2013

Become a Star Negotiator

Negotiating on the job isn’t easy, especially when there are differing opinions about what the outcome should be. But effective negotiations are at the heart of a productive workplace—and we’ll tell you how to achieve them.

Join us on February 5 for an in-depth look at Negotiating to Win. This two-day seminar will give you a step-by-step approach to successful negotiations. You’ll learn how to identify problems, understand other people’s perspectives, and offer solutions that can benefit both sides. By the end of this workshop, you’ll know how to listen, communicate and persuade others in order to reach the best possible agreement.

Ready to put your negotiating skills to the test? Your department will be charged a nominal fee ($75) for this workshop. Click here to register.

Tools to Meet Your Hiring Needs

Hiring a new employee is no small task. From writing an effective job description to screening applicants to interviewing your top candidates, finding the right person for a job can be challenging. That’s why Human Resources offers resources to help you along the way.

We’ll partner with you on any number of hiring tasks, including creating job descriptions and posting them online, pre-screening and rating candidates, polishing your interviewing techniques, setting fair and equitable salaries, and more.

You can also take advantage of our partnership with Unique Advantage to find skilled office support. Unique Advantage helps you find qualified applicants for administrative and support staff positions (grades 24 and under) as well as temporary staff members in a variety of areas, such as marketing, human resources, creative services, finance and accounting, information technology and customer service.

When you’re ready to make a job offer (no matter what type of position you’re filling), a background check must be completed first—and we’ll help you coordinate it. Penn partners with HireRight, one of the world’s largest background screening providers, to help you make an informed hiring decision. Just notify Human Resources of your preferred candidate, and we’ll take care of the rest. If a background check reveals that an applicant may not be suitable for a particular job, we’ll notify you as soon as possible.

For a complete list of hiring officer resources and guidelines, click here.

Simple Steps to Verify Your Employment

Most of us have had to show proof of our job and income at one time or another. Whether you’re refinancing your home or buying a new one, purchasing a new car, or hunting for the right apartment, there are plenty of instances where you need to verify your employment and salary. And we can help you do it in a matter of minutes!

Penn faculty and staff can take advantage of The Work Number®, an automated employment verification service that lets you instantly verify your employment and salary history. It’s a fast and secure way to respond to employment verification requests—and it’s available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service also provides an audit trail to ensure accurate procedures, so you get peace of mind knowing that your information is verified properly.

Ready to get started? For complete details on Penn’s employment verification system, click here.

The Secrets to Stress Relief

A heavy workload, long hours at the office, and a growing list of family responsibilities can be overwhelming. But simple breathing and relaxation exercises can help you de-stress—and we’ll show you how!

Join us this month as we kick off our stress management workshop series: Relaxing Ways to Manage Your Stress. Each month we'll hold a workshop featuring different breathing and muscle relaxation tips you can use every day—at work and at home. You’ll participate in a number of guided imagery exercises to help you make stress management a lifelong habit.

“It can be difficult to find time to relax during the day when your busy life keeps you on the go. And this kind of lifestyle is not unusual for many people at Penn,” says Gregg Mattison, a director at Penn’s Employee Assistance Program and the facilitator for the stress workshop series.

These free workshops will run on the last Wednesday of each month throughout the year. We're kicking off the series on January 30. For complete details and to register, click here or contact Human Resources via  email or at 215-573-2471.