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myHR: March 8, 2017

Discover Penn Perks

woman looking through magifying glassWorking at Penn has benefits, but do you know all of them? Aside from mission-driven work and a vibrant urban campus, Penn offers faculty and staff hundreds of perks that can save you money and enrich your life. 

As a myHR reader, you already know about the many free workshops available to enhance your career and wellbeing. You may also know about the many Deals@Penn. Discover even more bonuses to being a Penn employee at the Penn Perks brown bag, April 3, 12:30-1:30pm. Here’s just a sampling of these “extra” benefits you’ll learn about:

  • Free and discounted admission to events at the Annenberg Center, Institute of Contemporary Art, Morris Arboretum, and Penn Museum
  • Discounted tickets to Broadway shows
  • Free self-defense courses for women and men
  • Free on-campus car lockout and jumpstart services
  • Discounted gym memberships at PennRec, GlobalFit, and many Delaware Valley YMCAs
  • Free entrance to the Penn Relays (Thursday and Friday)
  • Transit Services perks, including bike commuter expense reimbursement and transit pass discounts
  • Youth summer camps

Register now to learn more. No matter how long you’ve been at Penn, you’re sure to discover new reasons to love the benefits of working here.

Respecting and Resolving Differences

team handshake

Here are some constructive tips for finding win-win solutions to conflicts from the experts at Penn Behavioral Health and the Employee Assistance Program.

Conflict isn’t comfortable. However, when handled effectively, it can lead to positive change. You can make conflict more productive by reflecting on some important questions, such as: “Is my reaction proportional to the situation or might it be more about something else?” “Which part of this situation do I have the power to change?” “What would a positive outcome look like?”

Take assertive action.
Assertiveness is very different than aggression. It involves expressing yourself clearly, directly, and respectfully, as well as practicing active listening and tempering your own reactions.

Identify any preconceived beliefs.
It’s important to go in with an open mind—check yourself for any preconceived biases or explanations, and try to put them to the side so that you can really hear what the other person is saying and come to a resolution.

Create a safe atmosphere.
Instead of personalizing or blaming, stick to addressing specific behaviors and how they impact you. Identify points of agreement and work from those first; then address the differences.

Remember your ABCDs.
Agree to Brainstorm together and to Compromise, Clarify what the other person is saying, and Discuss mutually beneficial resolutions.

Attend the webinar.
This month be sure to attend the Respecting Each Other at Work webinar. This free webinar is available Wednesday, March 22, 12pm-1pm. Become more aware of how our behavior affects others and what we can do to make workplace interaction more positive. Register for Respecting Each Other at Work today.

Visit Penn’s Employee Assistance Program website for more information and services. You can also call Penn Behavioral Health 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-888-321-4433.

RSVP for Models of Excellence 2017

2017 Models of Excellence

You’re invited to attend the 18th annual Models of Excellence award ceremony and reception on Tuesday, March 28, at 4pm in Irvine Auditorium. Reserve your place at

The 2017 Models of Excellence program will honor 59 outstanding staff members who play key roles in Penn’s ongoing success. At this festive event, President Amy Gutmann will present honorees from schools and centers across the University with awards for their exemplary service. The awards are presented in three categories: Models of Excellence, Pillars of Excellence, and Model Supervisor.

The Models of Excellence ceremony offers a unique opportunity to cheer for fellow staff members and enjoy inspiring stories about staff contributions to the Penn community. Don’t miss this proud Penn tradition. RSVP today.

Visit the Models of Excellence website for a complete list of honorees and to learn how you can nominate your coworkers for this prestigious staff recognition program.

Healthy Meals: Spicy Ground Turkey Tacos

turkey tacos

Skip those salty seasoning packets and use this simple recipe for full-flavored tacos.

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

Did You Know? Free March Wellness Screenings

It’s not too late to join Penn’s Be in the Know wellness campaign and earn up to $200. Get started with a free, on-campus biometric screening. If you missed last fall’s screenings, attend one in March. Register now!