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myHR: May 10, 2017

What You Need to Know If You’re Thinking About Retirement


Retiring may have once seemed like a distant idea. Now, it’s only a year or two away.* You’ve enjoyed a rewarding career, and you want your retirement years to be just as fulfilling. What can you do to help make that happen? Start by attending Thinking About Retirement on Tuesday, May 23, beginning at 9:30am in Houston Hall.

Specially designed for Penn staff and faculty, Thinking About Retirementprovides you three different workshops, offered concurrently, each covering an important aspect of retirement benefits: Income Options, Social Security, and Penn Benefits and Medicare. Attend up to two sessions and learn what you need to know about how to make of the most of your retirement benefits.

At Income Options, a retirement plan counselor from Vanguard will discuss options for drawing from your retirement plan after retirement. At Social Security, a representative from Social Security Administration will share valuable details about this program. Finally, during Penn Benefits and Medicare, representatives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will present the basics of these programs and answer your questions. Benefits specialists from Penn Human Resources will also be available throughout the event to answer your questions about retirement savings, health care, and other aspects of retiree benefits for you and your dependents. Learn more and register at

* You are eligible to receive retiree health benefits if you meet the “Rule of 75.” This rule states that you must be a minimum of 55 years of age and have a minimum of 10 years of full-time service; if you meet both minimums, then the total of your age and years of service must equal at least 75.

Success Starts with STEP-UP


The leap from team member to supervisor can be rewarding – and challenging. A new role means changes in responsibilities, expectations, and relationships. Prepare yourself for success and become the effective supervisor you want to be with STEP UP.

STEP UP is Penn’s own unique pre-supervisory training program designed for those who are ready to make the move from staff member to first-line manager. Across seven half-day classroom sessions and seven online modules, you’ll build a foundation of skills, tools, and information that will help you excel in your career.

The program covers essential topics such as managing relationships, communication, and leadership. You’ll also learn skills to help you get work done, deal with change, navigate relationships, and manage up. In addition, you’ll gain insight into your personal strengths and understand how to further develop them with Gallup’s StrengthFinder.

The STEP UP course schedule is flexible to better fit your needs. After the opening session, the next five classes and online modules can be completed in any order.

The next STEP UP program begins May 25. Register today on Knowledge Link. Your department will be charged $150 for the entire program.

NOTE: While the completion of STEP UP doesn't guarantee a promotion to a supervisory role at Penn, it will give you the skills you need to take your career to the next level.
If you have questions about STEP UP, contact Human Resources at 215-898-3400.

Feel the Pedal Power on Bike to Work Day

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Strap on your helmet and enjoy a greener, leaner commute on Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 19.

Bike commuting can be a practical way to add exercise to your schedule. If you’re a Be in the Know participant, you can count your ride as one day of activity toward self-reported physical activity Bonus Actions. If it’s hot on Bike to Work Day, no sweat. On May 19, cycling commuters will have free access to lockers and showers in Hutchinson Gym/Tse Ping - Cheng Cheung Ling Sports Center at 220 South 33rd Street next to the Palestra.

From 7:30 to 9:30am on Bike to Work Day, pedal over to Penn’s bike resource table at the Penn Museum Indego Bike Share Station 3051 South Street. Learn how to use the Penn Bus bike rack, register your bike for free, explore campus bike maps, and more. You can also find out more about the Penn Bike Commuter Expense Reimbursement Program.

To register and learn more about bike commuting, visit

Healthy Meals: Multi-Grain Waffles


Tender, golden-brown waffles topped with fruit make a sweet start to Mother’s Day.

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

Did You Know? You Can Make Changes to Retirement Plans All Year Long

You can enroll or make changes to your retirement elections at any time online or by phone. Visit Penn’s online Saving for Retirement Enrollment System or call the Retirement Call Center at 877-PENN-RET (877-736-6738), Monday–Friday, 8am to 5pm. For details visit the Retirement Plans home page.