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    DECEMBER 8, 2005
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A prescription to beat winter doldrums

For many Temple employees, the winter season’s shorter daylight hours produce a phenomenon called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Symptoms could include lack of energy, increased need for sleep, a craving for sweets and the inevitable weight gain. Strategies often recommended to reduce the effects of SAD include spending more time outside during daylight hours, gradually increasing indoor light in the morning, enhancing one’s exercise regime, eating a balanced diet and other stress management techniques. Additionally, seeking out stimulating and meaningful mental activity has proved beneficial for some experiencing SAD, especially if these activities are led by an energetic team of HR staff members, other Temple employees and outside presenters.

Therefore, in an ongoing effort to help maintain the health, wealth and wisdom of Temple employees, the Human Resources Department’s online spring course catalog will be available in December and an e-mail will be sent to Temple employees announcing its arrival. With more than 100 programs offered, including new programs and topics, attending HR programs can satisfy PDP requirements while warding off the counterproductive effects of SAD.

Back by popular demand

“Butting Heads: Dealing With Conflict and Anger”; “Influence With and Without Authority”; “The Thinkers’ Toolkit”; “Type Talk: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator at Work”; and “Presentations with Pizzazz.” Extra sessions of these ever-popular programs may be added in response to customer demand.

Career Development Series

“Career Makeover”; “Looking Good on Paper: Resume Writing”; “Moving On Up At Temple University”; “Interviewing Like a PRO; Take Your Job and Love It”; “Everyone Is A Star: Career Coaching for Supervisors”; and “A How-To Guide for Mentors and Mentees.”

Supervisors and managers

“Stepping Up to Supervision”; “Supervisory Development Program”; “Supervisory Development Program Advanced”; “Management Development Program” (for mid-level managers); “Leadership Forum”; “By-The-Book Leadership Development Series”; and “Fixing Problems: Planning for Change.”

In addition, a Human Resources Matters Series will include the following programs:

“Absence Management: FMLA, ADA,WC”; “Classification System Demystified; A Manager’s Overview to Labor and Employee Relations”; “How to Hire the Right Person: Competency-Based Behavioral Interviewing;” “HR Systems for New and Not-So-New Temple Supervisors”; “A Manager’s Overview of Employee Benefits”; “Employee Assistance Program and PNC Bank Offerings”; “EAP: The Supervisor’s Orientations to EAP”; “Advance Directives for Health Care”; “Options and Resources for Older Relatives;”; “Active Parenting”; “PNC: Making Your Savings Multiply.”

For detailed descriptions of these programs, please visit the HR Training and Organizational Development Web site at https://atlas.ocis.temple.edu/hr.

To view Universitywide training resources, employees can visit Human Resources’ home page at www.temple.edu/hr and click on the University-Wide Training and Development link. At the top of the page is the Competency-Based Training and Development Programs link, https://atlas.ocis.temple.edu/hr, which connects directly to HR’s Organizational Development & Training online registration system. There, Temple employees can select exactly the programs that will satisfy their developmental needs and can search for a course by competency, date, course title or audience. In addition, it is highly recommended that employees retake programs they completed more than three years ago, as content and facilitators change regularly.
Even though attendance in a Human Resources seminar is not a Performance Development Plan requirement, HR’s programs are popular and many hopeful seminar participants have found programs closed by the time they have attempted to register.

Unfortunately, there has also been an increased number of no-shows: registrants who don’t cancel and don’t attend the program for which they have registered. Although HR is aware that often there are circumstances that prevent one from attending a program, this practice prevents other Temple employees who want to attend from doing so. In fairness to all employees and program presenters who design and prepare materials based on registration lists, HR is reviewing no-show and lateness policy options that may be implemented if this problem continues.

Enhancements to the online course registration system are under way that will enable registrants to cancel their own registration. Until this new system is operational, registrants must cancel their registration before 5 p.m. two days before a program by sending an e-mail to Janet Rone at janet.rone@temple.edu. It is recommended that employees who have attempted to register for a program and found it closed check the online registration site up to the day of a program, as it is hoped that timely cancellations will allow HR to reopen programs, making room for employees who can attend at the last minute.

Department heads are reminded that many of HR’s seminars can be delivered to individual work units as described in the course catalog or tailored to meet specific departmental needs. When requested, programs are also offered on the Ambler Campus, Fort Washington site, Tyler Campus, the School of Podiatric Medicine in Center City and the Harrisburg campus. To schedule departmental training programs or an individual or team administration of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, contact Marie Amey-Taylor at 215-204-1673 or marie.amey-taylor@temple.edu.

For customer service-specific training, contact Eric Brunner at 215-204-3318 or

Human Resources continues to welcome suggestions for new programs and encourages Temple employees to participate, practice and perform as they anticipate the return of longer sunny days and daylight-saving time.