LifeMatters Brown Bag Lunch Offerings

The Best Places to Work initiative in conjunction with Human Resources, UW Credit Union, and UW-Milwaukee’s Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) LifeMatters is offering two Brown Bag Lunch series over the Spring semester. One series will focus on Communication, while the other series will focus on Financial. The Brown Bag Lunch Series programs are free for UWM employees to attend. Sign up today and let’s continue to make UWM the Best Place to Work!

To register for the program(s) listed below, please click here. Once at the calendar, click on the desired class by locating the appropriate start date. The details of the class will pop up, click on the Register link to complete the registration form.

Choose from the following events:
*Note: For each program you would like to attend, you must register for each one separately (i.e. signing up for one program, does not automatically sign you up for all programs)

LifeMatters Brown Bag Lunch Offering:
Communication Series

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: 11:30-12:30
Student Union 191

Co-Worker Communication

Effective communication is essential to building and maintaining important relationships.  Good communication skills are central to handing disagreements and resolving conflicts with your co-workers.  Content includes:

  • Fair-fighting skills and rules
  • Understanding conflict and resolution
  • Practicing active listening
  • How to use problem solving and negotiation

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Time: 11:30-12:30-
Student Union 191

Assertive Communication

There is a fine line between communicating assertively and aggressively.  Learn how to appropriately assert yourself when communicating with co-workers and others.  Content includes:

  •  Three styles of interpersonal behavior
  • Assertiveness assessment
  • Steps to becoming more assertive
  • Using “I” statementsTips for saying “no”

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Time: 11:30-12:30
Student Union 191
Interpersonal Communication

Listening is one of the most important communication skills in the workplace and in our personal lives.  Learn more effective ways of communicating-listening.  Content includes:


  • Active listening skills that build rapport
  • Barriers to effective listening
  • Assertive communication

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Time: 11:30-12:30
Student Union 191
Effective Family Communication

When people complain of lack of communication, they usually are complaining about unclear expectations.  In most cases, they don’t need to communicate more, they need to express themselves more effectively.  Content includes:

  • Nonverbal communication and listening
  • The two meaning of words
  • Talking to kids as they grow up
  • Talking about tough subjects
  • Creating family talk time and guidelines

The Brown Bag Lunch Offering:
Financial Series

Thursday, February 13, 2014
Time: 11:30-12:30
Student Union 191

Score High: Using Credit Wisely

Managing credit can be more complication than it may seem.  Having some credit can help you build a good credit score, but relying on credit too much can cause trouble.  UW Credit Union can provide you with the tools and information you need to successfully manage your credit.  If you have a good credit history, you’ll be rewarded with loans at lower interest rates that save you money.  Topics covered include:

  • Understand why good credit is important
  • Build and repair your credit history
  • Request and read your credit report
  • Close credit accounts

Thursday, March 13, 2014
2-4 p.m.
Ballroom West
Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) Benefits for Employees who are Nearing Retirement

A representative from the Department of Employee Trust Funds will present retirement benefit information for members who anticipate retiring during the next five years. Learn about topics that are important to the process and the decisions that need to be made when retiring in the WRS.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 11:30-12:30
Student Union 191

Social Security Administration: Social Security Retirement

Social Security is part of the retirement plan of almost every American worker. If you are among the 96% of workers who are covered under Social Security, you should know how the system works and what you should receive from Social Security when you retire.

 Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Time: 11:30-12:30
Student Union 191

Identity Theft

Fraud and identity theft are serious problems, but there’s good news; You can take steps to protect yourself and your accounts! You will learn about :

  • Credit and debit card fraud, identity theft, phishing scam
  • Precautions to take
  • Protecting your computer
  • Steps to take if you become a victim
  • Educational and informational resources
  • Assertive communication