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myHR: October 3, 2018

Building the Future of Work at Penn

Workday town hall October 11

Workday@Penn, a cloud-based, integrated modern system will replace many of the current systems that manage human resources, payroll, and other human capital management-related processes starting July 2019. What are the benefits to individual employees, including staff, faculty, temporary, and student workers? What's changing from the point of view of faculty and staff members? For answers to these questions and more, register to attend the next town hall meeting.

Building the Future of Work at Penn Town Hall
Thursday, October 11
1pm to 2pm
Fitts Auditorium, Penn Law

This town hall covers core Workday concepts, such as self-service and your role as a system user. For registration information, visit the new Workday@Penn website,

For periodic news on the human capital management project, subscribe to our new newsletters. HCM Flash provides easy-to-read, brief items on project milestones as we work toward launching Workday@Penn in July 2019. Workday Advance provides information on key changes for highly impacted HCM stakeholders, such as business administrators and those in central divisions or in the schools and centers with responsibilities in benefits, compensation, staffing, payroll, tax, etc. Subscription information is on the Workday@Penn website. Logging in with your PennKey provides you the full experience of the website’s rich content.

Support for Changes at Home and Work

happy dad changing baby diaper

When change happens in one area of your life, it can impact others in unexpected ways. From new responsibilities on the job to a new member of your household, your career can affect family and vice versa. To support you during these times, Penn offers a wide range of benefits for you and your dynamic family, including the upcoming Work and Family Month events in October. Here are a few highlights.

Penn Family Day, October 13, 11:30am
Get your free tickets to the 26th Annual Penn Family Day festivities for hours of sports, games, food, and fun. Faculty, staff, and postdoctoral scholars can order up to four free tickets to the tailgate lunch on Shoemaker Green and 1pm football game in Franklin Field. Additional tickets are $8 each. Order your tickets by October 8 online at the Penn Athletics Website (enter code FAMILY) or at the Penn Athletics Ticket Office located at Weightman Hall (235 S. 33rd Street between Walnut and Spruce).

The Challenges of Infant Sleep, October 16, 12-1pm
Becoming a parent is a great joy, but often the accompanying sleep deprivation is one of the greatest struggles. This workshop with Dr. Melisa Moore can help. Dr. Moore, a clinical psychologist and board-certified sleep expert at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), will share with you the common causes of pediatric sleep issues and different solutions that we can use to shape the foundation of a healthy sleep routine for our little ones. Tailored for Penn parents and caregivers of infants, toddlers and children under 5, this event is co-hosted by the Family Resource Center. Lunch will be provided.

Balancing Work-Family-Life, October 17, 12:30-1:30pm
Balancing your work and home life can seem impossible in our busy world. Feelings of guilt and turmoil are stirred by demands of work and home, and the lack of personal time and time for family and friends. Through open discussion, this workshop outlines how to work toward attainable personal and professional goals, while reducing stress levels. It also offers effective workday tips for reducing discomfort and guilt, and successfully keeping it all together.

New and Expectant Parent Briefing, October 18, 12:30-1:30pm
This introductory resource briefing, offered each semester, is designed for expectant parents and those who are new to parenting or child care. This session will also cover Penn's time away policies including short-term disability (STD) and Penn’s new parental leave policy. 

It Is Not the Fountain in the Lobby: What to Look for in a Long-Term Care Community, October 22, 12:30-1:30pm
When it comes to choosing a nursing home or assisted living community, looks may be deceiving. This seminar will address options for senior living communities, what to look for when choosing a long-term care community, and resources available to help identify the best fit for your family.

Let's Talk about Breastfeeding, October 23, 12-1pm
This conversation is led by Dr. Diane Spatz, Director of the Lactation Program at CHOP, Professor of Perinatal Nursing and the Helen M. Shearer Professor of Nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. If you are currently breastfeeding, pumping and/or bottle-feeding, pregnant, formula-feeding or just curious about breastfeeding come join us. This event is co-sponsored by Family Resource Center is open to Penn staff, faculty, students, post docs and their partners. Lunch will be provided.

For details about Penn benefits for every stage of life, download the interactive Guide to Managing Life Events.

Tools for Effectively Managing Your Projects

woman marking post-it notesLike most professionals, you probably have a variety of projects to prioritize. Each requires a focus on defining the initiative, planning for the work, and monitoring the results. Finding the right methods to stay on task, work effectively, and make your deliverables can be a challenge.

Discover how to manage projects well in the Project Management seminar.

On October 18, from 9am-12 noon, you will learn about the tools and techniques that can help you oversee initiatives to create success for you and your team. During the seminar you will:

  • Identify the key activities in the project life cycle.
  • Understand the role of the triple constraint in project management and apply it in determining project scope. Triple constraint is the combination of the three most significant restrictions on any project: cost, scope, and schedule.
  • See how to create a project timeline.
  • Learn how to keep projects on track by managing project risks and effectively using a communication plan.
  • Examine helpful tools.
  • Capture valuable project lessons and use them to define and improve project management practices within your organization.

The seminar will also cover the role of the project manager, the dynamics of managing a team, creating a transition plan, and tools for celebrating success.

Register online today and master the steps of successful project management. Your department will be charged a $75 fee for this course.

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Healthy Meals: Curried Pumpkin Soup

bowl of pumpkin soup on blue tableLooking for a healthy way to enjoy pumpkin flavor this season? This aromatic soup from Penn Medicine’s pumpkin recipes collection will warm your heart without weighing you down.

Find the recipe here.

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Did You Know: Models of Excellence Nominations Due Oct. 19

Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate Penn staff achievements during the 20th anniversary of Models of Excellence. Submit your nominations online by October 19, 2018. Learn more by attending the October 11 information session and visiting