Resources and

Actively Engaged

Spring brings a new sense of energy to our campus and abundant opportunities to be active and engaged.

The variety of programs available to faculty and staff is a unique benefit of working at Penn. This spring, Human Resources offers you many ways to be actively involved with your Penn colleagues. The HealthTrails Wellness Adventure, part of the Be in the Know wellness campaign, gives you a fun way to focus on your health while connecting with others. The Models of Excellence Awards ceremony on March 28 also provides the chance to join with colleagues as we celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of Penn’s staff members.

In addition to our ongoing professional development, wellness, and work-life balance workshops, April 27 is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Throughout the day, many Penn schools, centers, and offices will host exciting learning activities, making this unique event enjoyable for both children and adults.

As spring marches forward, I hope you enjoy the time of year and take advantage of the opportunities Human Resources provides to learn, grow, and connect.


Jack Heuer, Ed.D.
Vice President for Human Resources

Your Total Rewards in Focus

Penn supports you in being your best at work and home through an array of benefits, services, and programs. In addition to your base pay, this includes retirement and tuition benefits, healthcare and other insurance coverage, and other compensation. Together, this makes up your total compensation and reflects Penn’s total investment in you.

How does this investment add up for you? Look for your personalized Total Compensation Summary for the 2016 calendar year arriving at your home in early April. You will also be able to download a version from the secure Total Compensation Summary website at

The Total Compensation Summary is also a tool to identify other programs and benefits that can help you as your goals change over time. Penn encourages you to make the most of the available retirement savings plans, award-winning work-life programs, wellness services, and professional development opportunities. Don’t miss the list of cultural activities and special discounts available to members of the Penn community.

Visit the U@Penn Portal at to access your 2016 Total Compensation Summary.

Professional and Personal Development Program Highlights

Improve your skills and get ahead in your career by taking advantage of the many development opportunities provided by Human Resources. See a complete list of programs and registration information at or contacting Learning and Education at 215-898-3400.

Communicating Upward; 4/11;  9am–12:00pm; $75
A positive working relationship with a manager hinges on effective communication, whether it’s face-to-face or written. Communicating upward is essential to the success of an organization for employees to get their ideas up the ladder and into the hands of top decision-makers. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about communication styles in general and then focus on their specific communication style versus their manager’s. Using communication to boost productivity and efficiency, using listening and questioning effectively, and even disagreeing with your manager are all ways that lead to agreeable solutions.

HealthTrails Wellness Adventure

HealthTrails®, Penn’s six-week wellness challenge, begins March 27. Take a virtual trip through trails in the Pacific Northwest or along Snowman Trek in the Himalayan Mountains to boost your energy and reach new heights in your journey to wellbeing. Registration ends Friday, March 31, so sign up for your HealthTrails adventure now at

HealthTrails is an inspiring, interactive way to track your fitness progress. Earn credit for Be in the Know or just for fun by logging your steps, hours of sleep, and times of active relaxation each day.

Do what you like! You can participate on you own or as a team with your coworkers. All activity counts. Whether you bike, garden, or swim, you can convert your activity to steps using the conversion table.

Reach 300 miles over the six-week challenge to earn 20 Bonus Action points for Be in the Know. You’ll also be entered a drawing for exciting prizes!

Fun features include:

  • Easy device integration with Fitbit®, Jawbone®, Garmin®, Fitbug, Moveable®, Sony Lifelog®, or Yoo, or manual tracking with use of MapWalk™ route planner.
  • Friendly team competition with your Penn colleagues as an option to keep you motivated.
  • Social support with Trail Mates and an interactive Trail Talk message board.
  • Easy-to-make healthy recipes to fuel success.
  • Mobile app to make logging your results a breeze.

Visit Penn’s StayWell portal for details on HealthTrails and other online wellness opportunities.

Try the Y!

Explore the health and wellness programs at your local YMCA for free. During April, Penn faculty and staff can receive a free one-day family pass at any branch of the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA or any Regional Y Alliance. Learn more at 

Quality of Work Life Workshop Highlights

These free workshops offer information and support for your personal and professional life challenges. For a complete list of workshops and to register, visit or contact Human Resources at 215-573-2471 or

The College Search: Selecting a Potential  Major and Program of Study; 4/20;  12:30–1:30pm; free Join staff from Penn’s undergraduate admissions office for discussion and tips in working with your college-bound dependent, faced with hundreds of choices, in selecting a potential major and program of study. How might that selection of program impact their admission review?

Wellness Program Highlights

From expert nutrition and weight loss advice to exercise and disease prevention strategies, we can help you embrace a healthy lifestyle. For a complete list of workshops and to register, visit or contact Human Resources at 215-573-2471 or

Benefits Open Enrollment and Wellness Fair; 4/18; 10am-2pm; free
At the Open Enrollment and Wellness Fair at Houston Hall, Penn faculty and staff can take advantage of free health screenings and other wellness activities. Representatives from Penn’s healthcare insurance providers and administrators will be onsite to share information and answer questions. Learn about medical plans, prescription drug coverage, dental plans, vision coverage, flexible spending accounts, and the Penn Benefits Center.

Have You RSVP’d for Models of Excellence 2017?

You’re invited to attend the 18th annual Models of Excellence award ceremony and reception on Tuesday, March 28, at 4pm in Irvine Auditorium. Reserve your places at

The 2017 Models of Excellence program will honor 59 outstanding staff members who play key roles in Penn’s ongoing success. At this festive event, President Amy Gutmann will present honorees from schools and centers across the University with awards for their exemplary service. The awards are presented in three categories: Models of Excellence, Pillars of Excellence, and Model Supervisor.

The Models of Excellence ceremony offers a unique opportunity to cheer for fellow staff members and enjoy inspiring stories about staff contributions to the Penn community. Don’t miss this proud Penn tradition. RSVP today at

Visit the Models of Excellence website at for a complete list of honorees and to learn how you can nominate your coworkers for this prestigious staff recognition program.


Benefits Open Enrollment

Mark your calendar! Benefits Open Enrollment for eligible faculty and staff is April 17-28, 2017. Look for more information in the April 5 issue of myHR and online at


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