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myHR: Febuary 6, 2019

More Be in the Know Screenings on the Horizon

Gloved hands forming heart with the horizon illuminating heartMaybe the New Year’s resolutions you made last month have been difficult to keep, but there’s another chance for a healthy start with Penn’s 2018-2019 Be in the Know campaign. You can earn points for wellness activities and receive up to $300.

Step 1 in Be in the Know is the biometric screening. If you missed the fall or January screenings, you can still register for a free, confidential on campus appointment. Two new dates have been added:

Tuesday, February 19

Monday, March 18

At the biometric screening, a health educator will measure key components of your overall health, including blood pressure, total and high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and blood sugar (glucose levels). You may also choose to fast before your screening to learn low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

If you haven’t completed your biometric screening or submitted results from your health care provider, register for a screening today.

Step 2 is taking StayWell’s online health assessment at Penn’s secure wellness portal,

When you complete these two Core Actions, you’ll earn your first 100 points and a $100 cash incentive.

Step 3, Bonus Actions, give you the opportunity to further impact your health and earn more. You can earn up to an additional 200 points and $200 in Bonus Action incentives. If you rack up 350 or more total points during this year’s campaign, you’ll also reach Be in the Know VIP status and qualify for a special gift.

Visit for campaign details.

Celebrating Family Night with Penn Basketball

Penn Quaker mascot pointing towards person holding camera on the basketball court.

If you’re looking for family-filled fun now that the Super Bowl is over, look no further than Penn’s Palestra. On February 23, the Penn Men’s and Women’s basketball teams will host Cornell for back-to-back games on Faculty and Staff Family Night with Penn Basketball. The women’s game will start at 4:30pm and the men’s game will follow at 7pm.

The Division of Human Resources and Penn Athletics invite benefits-eligible faculty and staff to cheer on the teams and enjoy game night snacks and beverages.

Family Night tickets include discounted game admission compliments of Penn Athletics and a $5 concession coupon compliments of Human Resources. Eligible faculty and staff can purchase a maximum of four discounted tickets. Family Night tickets are $6.50 for adults and $6.50 for youth. Each ticket is good for admission to both games.

Order tickets online at with promo code FAMILY or at the Penn Athletics Ticket Office located at Weightman Hall, 235 S. 33rd Street between Walnut and Spruce. Tickets will be on sale until February 18.

To get your $5 complimentary concession coupon(s), present your game ticket and your Penn faculty or staff ID at the Human Resources table outside the entrance to Section 208 the night of the game. A Human Resources representative will give you one coupon per ticket for up to four tickets. Pickup will close 10 minutes into each game.

Family Night is also National Toast Night, featuring a toast-shaped rally towel giveaway (while supplies last), recognition of the 2004 and 2014 Ivy League Champions at the women’s game, and performances by the Palestra Honor Band and Hula hooper Lauren Resnick at the men’s game.

Let’s go, Quakers!

What If You Can't Say Something Nice

Young man in business suit covering mouth with wide-eyed, surprised look.

Fans of the classic movie Bambi recall Thumper’s words, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.” Grammar aside, Thumper’s lesson helps him get along with his cartoon friends. In the real world of work, however, you may face situations that aren’t very nice. Perhaps you need to deliver bad news, give negative feedback, acknowledge a mistake, or address other problems so you and your team can move forward.

Can you talk honestly about these troublesome matters without breaking Thumper’s rule? You can. In fact, using empathy can be the best approach. Navigating Difficult Conversations on March 19 from 9am to 12pm shows you ways to speak the truth respectfully and effectively.

The on-campus Navigating Difficult Conversations workshop will prepare you to engage with your coworkers to resolve unpleasant situations. This program guides you around shame, blame, avoidance, and other emotional pitfalls of challenging interpersonal communications. You will learn how to use psychology in your favor by tapping into your empathy and understanding. Through exercises and discussion, you will learn how to approach each stage of a difficult conversation from preparation through closure and follow up. Navigating Difficult Conversations will help you and the people you speak with stay focused, listen, stick to the facts and discover constructive solutions.

Register for Navigating Difficult Conversations on KnowledgeLink. The communications and leadership skills you will learn can build your confidence, improve relationships, lead to more productive teamwork, and support your career advancement. This workshop is available for $75. You’ll be asked to provide a departmental budget code for this cost after registration.

For more professional development opportunities, visit the Learn & Grow section of the Human Resources website.

Advance Your Knowledge of Workday@Penn

Workday at Penn Virtual Conference Flyer with Dates

Penn community members who will be highly impacted by Workday@Penn, such as HR and business administrator staff, will have an opportunity to learn more about Workday@Penn by attending one or more of a series of webinars called Virtual Learning Conferences.

Held in February and March, these live, 45-minute events offer an opportunity to develop an understanding of Workday core concepts, terminology, and commonly used business processes. The virtual learning also shows you how to navigate in Workday.

Each of the webinar conferences offers focused content, some of which will be new to those who regularly attend Workday@Penn events. The content is applicable to all schools and centers. The schedule and topics are:

Attendance is neither required nor a substitute for formal end user training. For more information and to register visit the Workday@Penn website.

Healthy Meals: Decadent, Guiltless Chocolate Soufflé

Decadent chocolate souffle with chopped strawberry on top, cut in half with chocolate oozing out.

Go ahead. Indulge a little with chocolate soufflés for you and someone you love. At only 130 calories per serving, they’re almost too good to share.

Find the recipe here.


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Did You Know? Safety Training is Available for Your Kids

The Division of Public Safety will host Kids Safety Day on February 18 from 9am-4pm at DPS Headquarters, 4040 Chestnut Street. This free event will teach kids ages 5-12 what to do if they are lost, how to call 9-1-1, how to stay safe when confronted by strangers, and many other safety practices. Register by February 14 by emailing or call 215-898-4481.