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myHR: March 6, 2019

Asserting Yourself, Respecting Others

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As professionals, we encounter many different types of people. Some never clearly say what they really want. Others are clear about what they want while respecting others. Then there are those who always push to get what they want no matter what.

Which type of person would you choose to work with?

Who would you rather act like? In most situations the assertive group is the winning choice for a productive and satisfying workplace. Yet too often, people find it difficult to assert themselves or to allow others to do the same.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be born assertive to act assertive. The March 28 Assertiveness Skills workshop presents key concepts and practices anyone can use to create better, more effective interpersonal relationships at work, at home, or in your community. The workshop will be held from 12:30-1:30pm at 3638 Market Street, Suite 1A South.

At this free program, you’ll learn to recognize the assertiveness continuum, demonstrate assertive language and behaviors, and practice confidence in everyday situations.

Register for the Assertiveness Skills workshop online and prepare to create win-win solutions for you and your coworkers.

More professional development opportunity information is available at the Learn & Grow section of

The Healthy Mouth-Healthy Body Connection

man smiling in dental exam chair

A bright smile and fresh breath aren’t just cosmetic. Your mouth says more about your overall health than you might think. Yet, more than one third of Americans skip visiting the dentist each year. That’s why Penn Dental Medicine is hosting Oral Health 101: All You Want to Know About Your Teeth and More on March 20 from 12pm–1pm.

This free seminar for Penn faculty and staff will explore the surprising links between oral health and overall health. Dr. Joan Gluch, Division Chief and Professor, Clinical Community Oral Health at School of Dental Medicine will facilitate the session.

Most people know that basic oral hygiene—proper brushing, flossing, and nutrition—helps prevent cavities and gum disease. But the condition of your mouth can reflect much more about the rest of your body. At Oral Health 101, you’ll learn how the teeth, gums and whole oral system work as part of the body’s immune system. For example, gum swelling and bleeding can potentially signal diabetes and need to be evaluated by both physician and dentist.

Regular preventive dental exams are a good defense. In many cases, waiting until you feel pain may be too late. The symptoms associated with most oral diseases don’t cause pain until they are advanced. This includes tooth decay, periodontal disease, and oral cancer. Although indicators can be easily detected by a dentist, more than half of those diagnosed with oral cancer will succumb to the disease simply because it was discovered too late.

Don’t take your smile and your overall health for granted. Put your mind where your mouth is and register for Oral Health 101 today.

While you’re at it, be sure to schedule a dental exam if you haven’t had your annual check-ups. Dental screening exams are Be in the Know Bonus Actions worth 10 points each.

Easing Your Senior Caregiving Concerns

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Have you taken on the responsibility of caring for aging parents who can no longer care for themselves? Are you trying to identify the right types of providers who can meet the changing needs of older loved ones? Whatever the issue, caring for seniors can be a challenge, especially when trying to juggle your own personal and professional activities. Penn’s adult and senior care services provided through can help.

This benefit offers eligible faculty and staff the support and guidance of a Senior Care Advisor who shares caregiving strategies such as finding the appropriate level of care, proactively planning and paying for care, and assisting adult children whose parents do not want to accept care. The Senior Care Advisor also walks you through a written customized action plan that includes a complete summary of your needs, recommended next steps, information on providers, and additional resources.

Through senior care planning you also receive free in-depth telephonic consultations with a Senior Care Advisor who can help you navigate questions and concerns such as:  

  • How do we talk about our family’s needs?
  • How do we get all of our family members on the same page and come up with a plan?
  • How do we manage health, legal and financial challenges?
  • How do we find and pay for the necessary resources?

To access senior care planning services, call at 855-781-1303 ext. 3, visit or email to set up a consultation. Senior Care Advisors are available Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm EST.

When creating your senior care planning strategies, you may also want to sign up for one of the following work-life events, all presented by Click on the links to register.

Webinar: Important Resources for Family Caregivers
May 7, 2019
1-2 pm

How to Help Your Parents Live at Home as They Age
June 11, 2019
12:30-1:30 pm

Webinar: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: Caregiving Challenges and Strategies
August 6, 2019
1-2 pm

Webinar: Maximizing Quality of Life as You Age
November 5, 2019
1-2 pm

For additional work-life benefits information, visit the Caring for Your Family webpages and check out the Guide to Managing Life Events.

Healthy Meals: Tahini-Carrot Soup with Pistachios

bowl of carrot soup

If you want to go dairy-free while enjoying rich flavor, ladle up this quick and velvety carrot soup made with tahini—a popular sesame paste now available in many shops.

Find the recipe here.

Click here to send us your healthy recipes and tips.


Did You Know? Occasional Parking Passes

Do you walk, or bike, or take public transit to Penn but occasionally need to drive to campus? As part of the Penn Commuter Program, faculty and staff participants may purchase a package of 10 single-use passes per year for $60. That’s over 50% off the standard Penn garage daily parking rate. For details visit the Penn Transportation and Parking website.