Bike Commuter Expense Reimbursement Program

Have you filed your Tax Year 2018 reimbursement yet? The filing period lasts from Jan 1 to Feb 28, 2019.

Program open to full-time benefits-eligible faculty and staff who commute greater than 50% per month. Visit http://www.upenn.edu/biking for more information.

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2017-2018 Report of the Office of the Ombuds

The 2017-2018 Report of the Ombuds is now available now. Click here to read it now

The purpose of the Office of the Ombuds is to help members of the Penn community who are experiencing problems or conflict related to their work, academic or living experiences at the University. We offer mediation services with the aim of helping individuals resolve differences. Our door is open equally to students, staff and faculty, and we work to resolve the issues that are troubling them. The principles that guide our interactions with visitors are described on our website and can be summarized as follows:

• Confidentiality. We do not discuss visitors’ concerns or issues with others, unless given permission.
• Neutrality. We do not take sides in a dispute.
• Informality. We do not keep records of our conversations with visitors, and we do not carry out formal investigations.
• Independence. The Ombuds Office is not bound by established reporting procedures and administrative hierarchies. We have the freedom to raise issues throughout the University.

During the past academic year, 163 individuals from across the University consulted our office. This represents an increase of 5.8% in comparison with the academic year 2016-2017. Visitors to the Ombuds Office represented all parts of the University community, with the highest proportions being staff (39.9%), followed by faculty (30.0%), graduate and professional students (17.2%), and undergraduate students (9.2%).

Most come as individuals, although an increasing number of groups of people have visited during the past two years to talk about common problems and their proposed resolutions.

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Financial Wellness Resources

In November, PPSA partnered with Penn HR to present a session on Financial Resources available to employees. We thank all participants for attending this session. The presentation used by the presenters is included here as a resource for you.

We look forward to seeing you at PPSA events in the future.

Power Point Presentation

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Free Faculty and Staff Group Exercise Classes

Go to the HR QOWL Events Registration page to look for a variety of free Pottruck Health & Fitness Center group fitness class offerings, including Gentle Yoga, Zumba, Body Pump, Spinning, and more!

To register for all wellness opportunities, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/registration.

Be sure to search for qualifying Bonus Action events to earn Be in the Know points, using:

  • Bonus Actions 2018 – 2019: Wellness Events
  • Bonus Actions 2018 – 2019: Financial Wellness Events

For more information, please contact qowl@hr.upenn.edu or visit www.hr.upenn.edu/wellness-worklife.

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Dear Faculty and Staff – Thank You!

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Chats with Jack: 2018-2019

Jack Heuer, Ed.D., Vice President of Human Resources, along with PPSA, is continuing a program for monthly-paid employees. Chats with Jack, a small group discussions platform, began late March 2016.

Three to four staff members are invited to meet with the Vice President and a PPSA Tri-Chair to further lines of communication and foster open dialogue. The program was piloted in late fall 2015 and early 2016. Staff feedback was very positive and several items raised had immediate attention.

If you would like to register for the chance to participate in this exciting program,
contact PPSA at ppsa@lists.upenn.edu.
Participants are chosen randomly each month. For further information,
contact PPSA at ppsa@lists.upenn.edu.

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Penn Employee Solution Center

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Introducing the PPSA Book Club!

PPSA is happy to introduce a new initiative – the PPSA Book Club!

Learn more, and sign up for updates here…

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Penn HR Guide to Managing Life Events

Penn HR has created an extremely helpful resource for staff for managing life events. This resource was featured in the PPSA September Event titled ‘Parenting Up and Down’.

You can access the guide online at www.hr.upenn.edu/life-event-guide

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Lynda.com Available to All Penn Faculty and Staff

Penn has entered into an expanded agreement with Lynda.com, an online video training service that provides instructional videos covering a wide range of software products, technologies and business topics. The agreement includes all Penn full-time and part-time faculty and staff.

With hundreds of course offerings and new courses added weekly, Lynda.com provides a convenient learning experience. Courses are designed for all learning levels and are often presented in three- to five-minute segments, playlists make it easy to manage and customize your Lynda.com experience, and bookmarks allow easy reference to favorite course sections. Access to Lynda.com is available 24/7 from your desktop or mobile device, allowing you to learn at your own pace and schedule.

Whether you’re looking to brush up on existing skills, learn new skills or explore what’s up and coming, ISC invites you to include Lynda.com as part of your professional development. To access Lynda.com at Penn, go to http://lynda.upenn.edu and authenticate via your PennKey and password.

For more information, visit Penn’s Lynda.com service at
https://www.isc.upenn.edu/lyndacom

See more at:
http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v62/n36/lynda.html#sthash.9P7wVnnl.dpuf

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