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myHR: October 25, 2017

Embracing the Positive Side of Change

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Does the idea of change in the workplace make you or your coworkers shudder? It may be time to adjust your thinking.

Change is an inevitable part of life, especially at work, but that doesn’t mean you have no control over its impact. Instead of simply waiting for changes to happen to you, you can learn to be open to its positive possibilities.

In the course, Embracing Change, best-selling author, Todd Dewett, PhD, shares proven approaches to managing new challenges and opportunities. On November 1, from 12:30 to 1:30pm, join us for the Embracing Change Learning with Lynda workshop. This session covers Todd Dewett’s research-based principles and techniques for harnessing the power of change to benefit you and those around you. Embracing Change also shows you how to develop a 30-day plan to integrate change into your life.

Register for this free workshop today and go from bracing for change to embracing it.

Take a Break to Nurture Your Work-life

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Work-life integration is an ongoing process. It works best when you make time and space to focus on where you are and where you would like to be. To that end, Penn invites faculty and staff to Nurturing Work-Life Integration as a Deliberate Practice: An Experiential Retreat, November 8 noon to 1:30pm, in Houston Hall. Reserve your place at this free special event by registering online now.

Hosted by Mindfulness Leader Jennifer Schelter, this experiential retreat will guide you through practical strategies to nurture your wellbeing through movement, writing, and meditation.
You don’t need to be a “yoga person” or an experienced meditator to benefit from Nurturing Work-Life Integration as a Deliberate Practice. Jennifer Schelter has led and facilitated coaching conversations for authentic growth and wellbeing for a range of professionals from Wharton Advanced Management Program participants to social workers to best-selling novelists.

“Jennifer possesses the combination of experience and formal education that enables her to connect and enrich the lives of a very heterogeneous audience ranging from the skeptical first timer to the very experienced practitioner. I highly commend Jennifer for her gift in bringing Yoga to life to help others find a greater sense of self, purpose and appreciation of our collective humanity.”--David Heckman, Senior Director, Global Partnership and Loyalty Programs, Wharton Executive Education

Learn more about Jennifer Schelter at

Register online for Penn’s Work-Life Integration as a Deliberate Practice retreat at

Fall and Winter Holidays Reminder

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In spite of the recent warm weather, fall and winter holiday season is approaching. To help you plan for the upcoming months, here’s a reminder of Penn’s holiday observances. 

The University will observe the following holidays:

Thanksgiving, Thursday and Friday, November 23 & 24, 2017
Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, 2017
New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 15, 2018
Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018

Special Winter Vacation
Each year, the President, Provost and EVP assess the feasibility of observing Penn’s traditional Special Winter Vacation. Based on this assessment, the Special Winter Vacation granted to faculty and staff will be December 26, 27, 28, and 29, 2017. 

For a complete list of this fiscal year’s holidays and details on policies regarding work over Special Winter Vacation, visit the Almanac.


A Drug-Free Workplace

thumbs upBecause the University of Pennsylvania values the health and safety of the entire community, Penn is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace. Drug and alcohol abuse can harm not only the person using these substances, but also his or her family, friends, and coworkers. Please take the time to review the University’s drug and alcohol policies.

Penn’s Drug and Alcohol Policies
Penn prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, sale, possession or use of any drug by its employees in its workplace. Complete policy details are available online:

Understanding Addiction
Addiction is a serious disease, but many effective treatments are available. Visit the Penn Behavioral Health website at for facts and information about addiction, recovery, and support services.

Help Is Here
If you or a family member has a substance abuse problem, we encourage you to seek help. Penn provides free, confidential counseling services for you and your immediate family members through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP will assist you with challenges that may interfere with your personal or professional life, including substance abuse.

For more information about the EAP’s counseling and referral services, visit the Employee Assistance Program web page at or contact the Employee Assistance Program 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 888-321-4433.

You can also refer to these online publications for information about treatment benefits and resources:

Healthy Meals: Roasted Cauliflower with Pumpkin Seeds and Queso Fresco

cauliflower with pumpkin seeds and queso fresco

A bit of cheese and crunchy pumpkin seeds turn nutritious cauliflower into a satisfying side or main dish.

Find the recipe here.

Click here to send us your healthy recipes and tips.

Did You Know: Models of Excellence Nomination Extension

If you missed the original due date to nominate staff members for 2018 Models of Excellence Honors, you have a second chance. The Models of Excellence program is accepting nominations through Friday, October 27. Visit for details.



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