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myHR: February 22, 2017

Get Ready for Staff Performance Appraisals

performance-appraisals-200px-webPenn’s annual staff performance appraisals are due June 1, 2017. That date may seem far away, but you’ll get more out of it by planning ahead. You can begin uploading performance information as soon as March 14 when the 2017 Annual Performance Appraisal  module becomes available online at

Supervisors who already drafted 2017 appraisals for their staff in the online system can share the appraisals with their staff members starting March 14.

The performance appraisal process is an opportunity for both supervisors and staff to reflect, assess, and plan for the future. When you’re well-prepared, it can be a valuable experience for your entire team.

How can you make your staff performance appraisals more effective this year? Start by attending one of Penn’s free upcoming brown bag seminars. You’ll learn about the resources available to guide you step by step through the performance appraisal process.

Participating in Performance Appraisals for Staff: March 7, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Effective Performance Reviews for Managers: March 22, from 12:30pm-1:30pm

Register today on Knowledge Link. Whether you’re new to the process, want a refresher, or would like guidance on addressing specific performance issues, you’re sure to leave the session prepared.

For more information and resources, visit Human Resources’ Performance Management website.   

What’s Right for Your Heart Health?


Each person is unique, and so is each heart. When it comes to heart disease, decades of research has shown that gender and sex differences can play a role in cardiovascular health. Heart disease was once considered a men’s illness, yet it is the number one killer of women. Every minute in the United States, a woman dies from a form of this condition. Understanding how heart disease effects men and women differently can help save lives and improve everyone’s wellbeing.

For instance, heart attack symptoms may present themselves differently in men and women. Since women’s symptoms can be more subtle, they are often ignored. The American Heath Association says to watch for these warning signs:

Symptoms of a Heart Attack

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

As with men, the most common heart attack symptom in women is chest pain or discomfort. But it’s important to note that women are more likely to experience the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

The Go Red campaign and other education efforts are bringing greater awareness to women’s heart health.

Here at Penn, you can learn how gender and sex affect heart health, heart disease symptoms, and access to healthcare at the His and Hers Heart Disease Workshop on February 28 from 12pm to 1pm. At this free workshop, AREUFIT’s cardiologist, Veronica Covalesky, MD, will teach you what you need to do to enhance your heart health.

Register for the His and Hers Heart Disease Workshop today to learn how everyone can live a heart-healthy lifestyle.


How to Stay Focused and Energized


Does this sound familiar? You arrive at the office ready to tackle your list of priorities, but before long your plans have been derailed. A seemingly endless stream of emails, phone calls, and other interruptions scuttle your focus and sap your energy. How can you refocus and stay energized?

The answer starts with Doing It All: How to Stay Focused and Engaged on March 23-24, 9am-5pm. This two-day seminar presented by the American Management Association (AMA) will give you valuable tools to get your work world into clear focus and keep it there.

You’ll learn skills to help you be productive, eliminate distractions, and keep your productivity flowing. This workshop will teach you “snap back” methods to immediately regain your focus, as well as practical strategies to effectively prevent distractions and emergencies. You’ll also understand how to minimize negative energy and make the most of your personal work style.

Register now! It’s the first step to doing it all and doing it all well.

This workshop costs up to $2,000 when taken directly from AMA, but through Penn Human Resources, your department will be charged only $75 for the course.

Healthy Meals: Black Bean Soup


Celebrate American Heart Month with this soup – good for your heart and your budget!

Find the recipe here or send us your healthy recipes and tips

Did You Know? Energy Reduction Challenge

Today (February 22) is the Energy Reduction Challenge, part of Penn’s Power Down Challenge. Reduce your energy usage in your workplace today and the money saved will help fund undergraduate climate research grants.