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myHR: May 24, 2017

Rejuvenate in June


Is your fitness routine too routine? Did you break your New Year’s nutrition resolution on January 2? Are you stressed out? Get ready to rejuvenate in June, Penn’s Employee Health and Wellness Month. 

Register today for fun and enlightening June wellness activities and workshops for your mind, body, work-life, and even your wallet.

First take a step in a new direction with the annual kickoff Wellness Walk on June 1. The two-mile walk begins at College Hall and ends at Pottruck Health & Fitness Center’s open house where eligible Penn faculty and staff can learn about free June group fitness classes like Mat Pilates, Body Combat, and Zumba. For a complete list of Campus Recreation’s free June classes, visit the Employee Health and Wellness Month registration page.

The Wellness Walk is just the beginning. Here’s a complete list of Employee Health and Wellness month events. Click the links for location and registration details.

6/1         Employee Health and Wellness Month Walk; 12–1pm

6/5         Last Biometric Screenings of the Be in the Know campaign year; 9am –1pm

              Mindfulness Monday; 12:30–1:30pm

6/6         Guided Meditation; 12:30–1:30pm

6/8         Exercise and Aging Workshop; 12–1pm

6/13       Get to Know What’s Healthy at Houston Market Tour; 11:30am–12pm

6/14       Flexible Work Options; 11:30am–12:30pm

6/16       Guided Meditation; 12:30–1:30pm

6/19       College Search Workshops; 4:30–6:30pm

6/20       Ted Talk: Build a Tower - Build a Team; 12:30–1:30pm

              Webinar: Special Needs & Disability Planning; 3pm

6/22       Stress Management; 12:30–1:30pm

6/26       Vitamins and Supplements: Which Ones Are Right for You? 12–1pm

6/27       Inside Money: A TIAA Financial Wellness Presentation; 12–1pm

6/28       New and Expectant Parent Briefing; 11:30am–12:30pm

6/29       Mentoring Brown Bag; 12:30–1:30pm

For more wellness and work-life information visit the Penn Healthy You website.

Mentoring Give and Take


The old saying “it is in giving that we receive” is certainly true when it comes to workplace mentoring.

Mentoring is a relationship between two people where career advice is exchanged. In most instances, a junior professional pairs with a more experienced professional who shares wisdom acquired over the course of a career. This powerful, legacy wisdom can help the mentee grow professionally, but the benefits of mentoring relationships do not have to be one-sided. Mentees can provide mentors with valuable knowledge in areas such as technology and fresh perspectives on workplace matters. They can also reinvigorate mentors by reconnecting them to their past selves. Mentoring is a beneficial investment of time that can produce win/win results for both parties.

Successful mentoring relationships are generally created organically rather than being prearranged. The key to an effective mentoring relationship is chemistry or an authentic connection. Finding and making these connections can sometimes be a challenge, but you don’t have to leave mentoring to luck.

Come to the Mentoring Brown Bag session on June 29 from 12:30-1:30pm for an overview of good mentor/mentee relationships. We will also discuss how to identify a potential mentor or protégé. This free session will take place in the HR Learning and Education Training Room. You are encouraged to bring your lunch; we’ll provide snacks and beverages.

Seating is limited, so register in advance at Knowledge Link.

Recognized Holidays for Fiscal Year 2018


The following holidays will be observed by the University in the upcoming fiscal year (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018) on the dates listed below:

Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2017 
Thanksgiving, Thursday and Friday, November 23 & 24, 2017 
Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, 2017
New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2018 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 15, 2018
Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018

Each year, the President, Provost, and EVP assess the feasibility of observing Penn’s traditional Special Winter Vacation. Thus, the Special Winter Vacation granted to faculty and staff will be December 26, 27, 28, and 29, 2017. If an employee is required to work to continue departmental operations for part or all of this period, the special winter vacation can be rescheduled for some other time.

Staff members who are absent from work either the work day before a holiday, the work day after a holiday, or both days, will receive holiday pay if that absence is charged to preapproved paid time off or to sick days substantiated by a written note from the staff member’s health care provider.

Vacations and holidays for hospital employees or those staff members in collective bargaining units are governed by the terms of hospital policies or their respective collective bargaining agreements.

Fiscal Year 2018 Fiscal Year 2019 Fiscal Year 2020
Independence Day Tues., 7/4/17 Wed., 7/4/18 Thurs., 7/4/20
Labor Day Mon., 9/4/17 Mon., 9/3/18 Mon., 9/2/20
Thanksgiving Thurs. & Fri.,
11/23, 11/24/17
Thurs. & Fri.,
11/22, 11/23/18
Thurs. & Fri.,
11/28, 11/29/20
Christmas Day Mon., 12/25/17 Tues., 12/25/18 Wed., 12/25/20
New Year's Day Mon., 1/1/18 Tues., 1/1/19 Wed., 1/1/21
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Mon., 1/15/18 Mon., 1/21/19 Mon., 1/20/21
Memorial Day Mon., 5/28/18 Mon., 5/27/19 Mon., 5/25/21

Healthy Meals: Tilapia & Summer Vegetable Packets (serves 4)


This foil-wrapped meal in a packet makes cooking fish easier on the grill or in the oven.

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

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