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myHR: August 30, 2017

Be in the Know 2016-2017 Wrap Up

Woman with exercise mat looking at watchPenn's 2016-2017 Be in the Know wellness campaign ends Thursday, August 31. Act fast and earn up to $200. How can you be sure to get all of your cash incentive points?

Check Your Point Total
Visit and click My Incentive to see your points. You can earn a total of 200 points this campaign year.

Complete the Core Actions to earn $100
If you’ve already completed the first Core Action--a biometric screening--then you’re ready for the next step, the online health assessment. Complete this quick, confidential questionnaire by August 31. Both Core Actions, the biometric screening and the online health assessment, are required to earn your first $100.

Go all the way with Bonus Actions!
Once you complete the Core Actions, you can still earn up to $100 extra for Bonus Actions.

If you received a qualifying health screening, such as annual physical, women's mammogram or colonoscopy, by June 30, 2017, you can earn points by submitting your Bonus Action proof form by August 31. You may also earn points for completing Penn Behavioral Health’s Mindfulness Series or qualifying physical activities using Proof of Bonus Actions Forms.

Additionally, you can complete qualifying on-campus wellness programs, StayWell online health programs, or three (3) Family Food nutrition counseling sessions to earn points through August 31.

Visit Be in the Know for a complete list of Bonus Actions and the Proof of Bonus Action Form.

Contact the StayWell HelpLine at 855-428-6324.

For program details, visit Be in the Know or email

Hiring Success with AppleOne

Diorio Markle Penn and AppleOne, the University’s preferred temporary services provider, share a commitment to community involvement and economic inclusion. Together, we’re making a positive impact for individuals in West and Southwest Philadelphia.

AppleOne’s parent company, Act-1 Group, is the largest privately held woman-and-minority-owned workforce management company in the United States. Some of the programs AppleOne has offered locally include mock interview sessions for graduates of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative Program and a job forum co-hosted by Penn’s Division of Human Resources at Philadelphia Job Corps.

AppleOne’s expertise in matching applicants’ skills to employers’ needs helps bring exceptional candidates to the attention of Penn’s hiring managers.

That’s just what happened for Rachel Bastian and Genevieve Diorio-Markle earlier this year. Bastian, Administrative Director of Education for the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT), Perelman School of Medicine, was in need of an executive administrative assistant to support Dr. Emma Meagher, Vice Dean and Chief Clinical Research Officer.

Philadelphia resident Diorio-Markle had never worked in higher education before, but the AppleOne recruiter for the position saw strong parallels between ITMAT’s needs and Diorio-Markle’s skills. Bastian agrees. “When Genevieve interviewed, it was immediately obvious that she would be a good fit. She jumped into a new industry without hesitation and was eager to learn. Her skills and motivation exceeded our expectations. Most of all, she brings such a great attitude into the office every day, which is important to our team,” Bastian says.

The fit was so good that Diorio-Markle was invited to apply for a regular position. She knew there were many qualified candidates, but Diorio-Markle wasn’t worried. “AppleOne has a remarkably good intuition when it comes to matching candidates to open positions. I knew if this particular position didn’t pan out, they would help me find another opportunity,” she says.

As it turned out, Diorio-Markle was offered the position and began work as a full-time Penn employee on May 1, 2017. “I help support people who are at the forefront of science, conducting important research and making novel breakthroughs that actually make a difference in the world. On a day to day basis, I like that Penn is an institution that really values its employees, investing in their health and education,” she says.

For more information about working with AppleOne, visit Penn’s Hiring and Recruitment web pages.

Fall 2017 Professional Development Courses

Smiling Coworker GroupThanks to University faculty and staff, the 2017 Fall Term is underway for Penn’s students. You serve their learning, but what about your own growth and development?

When it’s your job to support education and research, finding time and resources for professional development can be daunting. That’s why Penn brings customized and nationally recognized training programs to campus for staff and faculty. These programs are available at very little cost to you or your department. In fact, most are free.

Through Human Resources Learning and Education, you and your staff can benefit from practical and effective training programs at a substantial savings to your department. We bring world-class professional development experts and proven training programs to Penn.

Learning and Education’s specialized courses, developed with Penn’s culture in mind, prepare staff members to fulfill the University’s unique mission. Courses such as STEP UP, Essentials of Management, and AMP UP bring out the best in participants while allowing them to stay productive.

Popular Human Resources Learning and Education courses fill up fast, so register soon at Knowledge Link. Your department will be charged for the cost listed on the registration page.

For a full list of personal and professional development opportunities, including career coaching, download the Fall 2017 Course Guide and visit the Learn & Grow web pages.

Healthy Meals: Curried Chicken with Mango Salad

Black Bean Salad with lime and tomato slices

Labor Day weekend doesn’t require hard work in the kitchen. This simple but satisfying salad is perfect for cook-outs as a side or main dish.

Find the recipe here.

Click here to send us your healthy recipes and tips

Did You Know? Chair Yoga Returns

On September 15, Judith Glass from UPHS will guide participants in a free noontime Chair Yoga workshop for faculty and staff of all fitness levels. Register online today.