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myHR: October 31, 2018

Financial Wellness Workshops


While mind, body, and interpersonal relationships are obvious aspects of wellbeing, it’s also important to consider financial literacy and security. That’s why Penn has partnered with MetLife to present two workshops on practical personal finance:

Investing 101
Monday, November 12, 12pm – 1pm, Houston Hall, Ben Franklin Room
This workshop will include a basic overview of investing that explains the difference between saving and investing, asset classes and investment styles, stocks and bonds, and types of mutual funds.

Smart Money Moves Early in Your Career
Tuesday, December 11, 12pm – 1pm, Houston Hall, Golkin Room
Learn 10 relevant tips, including creating a budget, establishing an emergency fund, and making the most of your retirement savings.

Both workshops will be led by Albert Corrato, Jr., Certified Financial Planner Professional from Creative Financial Group, MassMutual.

For more financial literacy and wellness program, visit For information about retirement planning, go to

Tips for Family Caregivers


November is National Family Caregivers Month, but caregiving can be a year-round activity. If you’re among the estimated 29% of the U.S. population who provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend, you understand that caregiving is real work. According to research, the average family caregiver spends 20 hours each week tending to their loved ones on top of their professional duties and other personal responsibilities.

Here are 10 practical tips for caregivers from the Caregiver Action Network to help you maintain a balance while assisting those in need.

  1. Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone!
  2. Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one.
  3. Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you.
  4. Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors.
  5. Caregiving is hard work so take respite breaks often.
  6. Watch out for signs of depression and don't delay getting professional help when you need it.
  7. Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one.
  8. Organize medical information so it's up to date and easy to find.
  9. Make sure legal documents are in order.
  10. Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is!

Resources such as, the Employee Assistance Program, and Health Advocate can help caregivers act on these tips.

Through, eligible faculty and staff can access senior care planning, temporary backup care for children, adults, and seniors; and receive assistance with caregiver hiring for loved ones with special needs. To register for services or learn more about these benefits, visit or call 1-855-781-1303.

Penn benefits go a long way toward helping you help your loved ones and care for yourself. For details about caregiver benefits and services, visit the Caring for Your Family web page or download the Guide to Managing Life Events

Coaching for a Better Workplace

man-at-desk-with-blue-shirt_200 What’s the difference between managing and leading? Coaching is the key. As managers, supervisors just tell others what to do. As coaches, supervisors encourage their teams to truly engage in their work, not only for the benefit of the organization, but for their own development and satisfaction. Coaching can make your workplace more engaging and productive. Your coaching ability has a positive impact on staff members’ experience and your teams’ overall success.

If you’re ready to take supervision beyond management into leadership, then register for the Coaching Skills for Managers workshop. This half-day workshop will take place November 6 from 9am to noon at 3624 Market Street, Suite 1A South.

Coaching Skills for Managers focuses on the key elements of building successful professional relationships with those who report to you. You’ll learn techniques to strengthen your listening abilities, give constructive feedback that leads to improvement, overcome obstacles, and better understand what motivates your colleagues to work more effectively.

Sign up for Coaching Skills for Managers now. Your department will be charged a $75 fee for this course.

For more leadership development resources and opportunities, visit the Learn & Grow section of the Penn Human Resources website.

Live Demonstrations and Watch Parties Provide Lessons about Workday@Penn

Workday@Penn logo Penn people across the University are attending live demonstrations this fall to prepare for the launch of Workday@Penn next summer. First, Subject Matter Expert Office Hours provide HR and business partners with live demonstrations of very specific business processes. These processes included an October 15 session on how to “Create Requisitions and Prepare for Hire in Workday” and an October 29 session on “Understanding Compensation and Payroll for Faculty and Staff in Workday."

Upcoming sessions include:

  • November 12 – Understanding Compensation and Payroll for Students and Post Docs in Workday
  • November 26 – Time Tracking in Workday
  • December 10 – Reviewing and Approving Absences in Workday

Schools and centers have organized watch parties – gathering in a common location to participate via webinar – for each of these five one-hour sessions. The watch parties have proven popular; many participants have commented that Workday processes will positively impact the way they will perform their jobs. The leadership of the schools and centers identified their subject matter experts for invitations to each office hour and related watch party.

Second, longer Playback Sessions – held on June 19 and 20 and October 22 and 24 – provided an opportunity for those with human capital management responsibility to walk through Workday@Penn functionalities in greater depth. These three-hour sessions are a critical step in implementation to familiarize highly impacted stakeholders – such as HR and business administrator staff – with the contrast between current Penn systems, processes, and terminology and the future state with Workday@Penn.

The live demonstrations allow for robust questions and answers, which the project team captures and places on the Workday@Penn website for reference by any Penn visitor. Stay alert for future HCM events and opportunities. For more information on Workday@Penn and the fall watch parties, contact your local HCM Change Agent.

Healthy Meals: Roasted Squash and Kale Salad

squash and kale salad

It’s no trick. This autumn harvest salad is a treat. The nutty dressing makes colorful vegetables extra satisfying.

Find the recipe here.

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Did You Know: Flu Shots Are Still Available in November

There are still vaccine appointments available on-campus along with biometric screenings on November 27, 9am – 2pm in Houston Hall and November 30, 9am – 2pm at Morris Arboretum. You can earn 10 Be in the Know Bonus Action points when you prepare for influenza season with a no-cost vaccine. Registration is required, so sign up at