As the first quarter of 2021 closes, a sense of optimism can be felt around the world. Millions are being vaccinated every day. We’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But the pandemic is still impacting our personal and professional lives every single day. In this month’s news roundup, you’ll see how employees and organizations are continuing to adapt to change and prepare for the future.

Make the post-pandemic workplace better for women

The pandemic has had a profound impact on women in the workforce. In the US alone, around 15 million women lost their jobs in April 2020. And women who kept their jobs were saddled with the majority of childcare while working from home. Companies can do much more to create an equitable workplace, such as expanding time for family leave and setting better boundaries for expected working hours. Head to Fast Company for more ideas on creating a better workplace for women now and after the pandemic ends.

Learning & development by the numbers

Not everyone in the workplace is getting equal access to learning opportunities, new Randstad RiseSmart research reveals. Sixty-five percent of global organizations are more likely to provide skills training to managers and team leaders. In the US and Canada, this number jumps to 71%. The most in-demand skills include communication, adaptability, and problem-solving. Dive more into the data on the SHRM blog

Preview of learning news March 2021

The workplace of the future may not be a single “place”

What will the post-pandemic workplace look like? Well, for many employers, it won’t be a single place. Many employees prefer working from home or would at least like to have a more flexible home/office split. Some large enterprises like Lloyds Banking Group plan to reduce their office space by 20%. Others plan to move to coworking spaces to accommodate occasional team get-togethers and client meetings. Bloomberg has the full story.  

Tips for making a midlife career pivot

Contemplating a career move? If you’re re-entering the workforce after being laid off or taking a pause, you might be tempted to pick up where you left off. But Udemy instructor and ReBoot Accel CEO Diane Flynn recommends thinking outside your comfort zone. Head to NBC News for Diane’s practical tips on taking the next step in your career.

Everyone needs time and space for mental health

Demand for anxiety management classes skyrocketed by almost 4,000% in 2020. Clearly, people are feeling more stress and anxiety than ever. But it’s still hard for many managers to discuss mental health with their team members. If this is a challenge for you or your managers, you can take several simple steps. CNBC has the whole story.

Prepare your organization for whatever’s next

There’s still a lot of uncertainty in the working world. When will the majority of employees return to the office (if ever)? How will communication and collaboration work in a hybrid setup? And what can company leaders and managers do to prepare? These questions are part of an ongoing dialogue within the HR community.

The good news is that you don’t have to answer these questions on your own. Udemy is here to support you through these workplace transformations. Get in touch to discuss best practices for training your workforce. Speak with our learning experts today