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myHR: April 24, 2013

Congratulations to the 2013 Model Supervisor Award Winner

Warren Petrofsky, Director, Information Security UNIX Systems and Natural Science Computing, School of Arts and Sciences

Good supervisors know compassion and respect go a long way in the workplace, and Warren Petrofsky does more than just talk the talk. In fact, Warren’s team of 11 staff members say his caring and collaborative nature is part of what makes him stand out as a supervisor—and why he was honored as this year’s Model Supervisor Award Winner.

“Warren has a tremendous capacity to care for people,” said Christine Brisson, a senior IT project leader in the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS). Christine has worked under Warren for about five years and says he’s the kind of supervisor everyone should emulate.

“He’s always concerned for our wellbeing and does his best to help us manage every aspect of our lives—at work and at home,” she said.

Warren has overall responsibility for the UNIX systems in SAS, which includes email, web, database servers and high-performance computing clusters. He manages the technology systems for academic, administrative, and research computing services in the Natural Sciences division and helps keep systems in SAS secure. Warren also supervises 11 staff members, and all of them agreed there was no better choice for the 2013 Model Supervisor Award.

“He sets us up for success by giving us the tools we need to excel in and out of the workplace,” said Justin Klein Keane, a security engineer in SAS. Justin has worked for Warren for about five years and recalls a time when Warren went above and beyond his expectations as a supervisor.

“My twin son died shortly after birth, and Warren was there to support me every step of the way. From coordinating my time off forms to helping me make a smooth transition back to work, he took a tremendous weight off my shoulders,” Justin said. “He reminded me of exactly why I work at Penn.”

While Warren's people skills are hard to beat, they’re also just one of the many facets that make him a role model for supervisors everywhere. He also demonstrates strong leadership, sets clear goals and expectations for his staff, gives constructive feedback, and works tirelessly to empower his staff to achieve their best.

To learn more about Penn’s Model Supervisor Award and how you can nominate a fellow supervisor, click here.


Get Support for Your Everyday Issues

Sometimes it’s difficult to manage the daily challenges that come your way. Maybe you need to find child care providers close to home, get legal advice to prepare a will, or you’re looking for ways to cut your debt. Wouldn’t it be nice to find a solution that fits the bill? With Penn’s Worklife Resources, you can.

This free, confidential service gives you and your family easy access to support for addressing life’s everyday issues. Offered through Penn’s Employee Assistance Program, Worklife Resources can help you with a wide range of topics:

  • Family care: You can search for summer camp programs in your community, find out more about the college selection process, or get guidance on caring for an older relative or sick family member.

  • Financial services: Want to cut your debt? Refinance your home? Create a monthly budget and stick to it? Worklife Resources can give you the financial support you need.

  • Legal advice: You can speak with a qualified legal professional and get a free consultation over the phone, no matter what your situation—whether it’s gathering documents for a car accident, preparing a living will, or finding a local attorney.

Access Worklife Resources online to browse their broad array of services, or call 1-888-321-4433 to speak with an experienced consultant who can help you figure out your next steps.

For more information about Penn’s Worklife Resources, click here.


Build a Healthy Relationship with Your Teenager

Children change at a rapid pace, especially when they reach their teenage years. That means you need to know what kind of changes to expect and how your parenting style should adapt. And we can help!

Join us on May 15 to take a closer look at Parenting Styles for Teens. You’ll learn about common developmental changes that occur in adolescents and how they can affect you and your child. You’ll also get valuable tips on how to maintain a healthy and productive relationship with your teenager.

You’re welcome to bring a lunch to this free workshop. Click here for complete details and to register.


Explore the Philadelphia Area for a Discount

It’s hard to beat the arts and entertainment scene in the Philadelphia area—and as a Penn faculty or staff member, you can get in on the action for a discount! Learn about the many arts and entertainment events you can enjoy without breaking the bank.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Listen to captivating performances by one of the most famous orchestras in the world. You can receive a 20% discount when you purchase tickets to select concerts by the Philadelphia Orchestra. 

Philadelphia Museum of Art: See priceless works of art in one of the largest museums in the United States. You can become a member of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and get unlimited free admission, plus free tickets to special exhibitions, discounted rates at the museum store and restaurant, and more.

Six Flags Theme Park: If you’re looking for some excitement, you can enjoy savings of up to 50% off the regular price at Great Adventure, Hurricane Harbor and Wild Safari when you buy tickets or a season pass online. You’ll have discounted access to rollercoasters, water slides, exotic animals and much more.

Pennsavers: Sign up for half-price tickets to a host of cultural events around the region. Pennsavers knocks 50% off the original ticket price of various entertainment events throughout the Philadelphia area—from theater shows and comedy clubs to museum exhibits, sporting events and more.

To learn more about these and other discounts, click here. You can also find a wide array of cultural institutions at Penn, many of which offer their own special discounts to faculty and staff. Click here for a complete list.