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Udemy software access expires Sept. 4

August 19, 2020 @ 8:00 am - September 4, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Last chance to seize UDEMY personal development opportunity

Be a part of our learning culture. More than 1,500 of your colleagues already have joined the Udemy movement toward self development, investing a total of 4,100 hours in their learning, and it’s not too late to join them. Our pilot program with Udemy for Business offers 4,000+ courses ranging from personal to professional. Udemy for Business is only available until September 4 – so go for it. How to access: Go to the Udemy chicklet on OKTA. Read on below to see how some of your colleagues are using it.

What was your favorite Udemy class and why?
So far, I really enjoyed “40+ Ways to Deal With Stress. ” Some tactics provided are no-brainers, but the course takes the time to explain what is happening in your brain when you’re dealing with stress and anxiety. This is so helpful because if something becomes stressful, I know why it’s happening and the appropriate course to try and take before getting too anxious.

– Sara Vendetti
Marketing Solutions

My favorite Class I am currently taking is a “CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) ” exam preparation course that counts for my needed technical PDUs (Professional Development Units) in order to take the exam. Without being able to take this course through Udemy for business I would have to spend $400 on a similar course! I have taken a few other courses and have a list of more I want to take but the opportunity to up-skill through this program has been incredible!

– Sean Chivers
Marketing Solutions

I was excited when Gannett offered access to Udemy as I want to increase my knowledge in product management. I am in the process of finishing the “Product Management 101 ” course which has given me the basic understanding of the Product Management process from start to finish. My favorite part about this course is that the instructor gives tips and real life experiences he has faced in the Product Management field.

– Jess Pearce

MicroSoft Excel – Excel from Beginner to Advanced. ” The instructor is engaging and the way he explains the content is easily understandable. I thought I knew the basics of Excel but, I learned something new in every section.

– Gretchen Pina-Breedy
People Resources Team

Out of all the classes, I have attended, “Learn Six Sigma Black Belt for IT Professionals ” has been my favorite and most suitable. I have attended Six Sigma Black Belt earlier through other sources but this one was structured specifically for IT professionals. … The course content is very structured and in a simple language which helps me to grasp the concept clearly. The best part is the recap slides at the end of each section. … I am planning to take up a few [more] in the coming days to make good use of free time, especially when you can not go out due to COVID-19 restrictions!

– Bhavesh Chauhan
ReachLocal India

My favorite class so far is: “A Manager’s Guide to Creating Psychological Safety, Inclusion and Belonging on Teams. ” I enjoyed this class because it takes D&I to the next level by discussing the overlooked piece of belonging. Belonging goes beyond the percentages of diversity or the practice of inclusion, but focuses on how each person is celebrated on a team. To belong means that people on a team are welcomed and can truly be their authentic selves at work.

Shannon Anderson
Events Marketing

I am so excited to have completed the “Professional Certified Empowerment Life Coaching ” program through Udemy. I have been coaching professionally for well over 15 years, but never had the funds to do the $2000 certification courses offered by other coaching organizations. I am now a credentialed professional coach and can use the credentials after my name thanks to this pilot!

– Pamela Malloy
Learning and Development

My favorite so far was Excel “Essentials for the Real World. ” I have completed a couple of courses using the Udemy application. The flexibility of viewing courses in smaller time segments to fit my schedule is a great feature of the platform. I am now attending the course “Productivity and Time Management for the Overwhelmed.” I am in the beginning of the course, however, I have already used one of the tips learned towards improving my productivity.

– Todd Heckman

QUESTION OF THE MONTH: If you could choose only one quote to illustrate your approach to life, what would it be? Click here to submit your answer.
Q&A: Return to Office Lessons Learned
Katy Wolf, VP Finance Shared Services , led the return to office effort at Fishers, Ind. Twenty shared services employees returned to the office on Monday, June 22, with safety protocols in place. The management team in Fishers prepared the building with a check-in station, an entry queue with 6-ft markings and a hand and equipment sanitizing station, reduced access and seating in common areas, masks and workstation cleaning products, along with copious signage throughout.
What has been one of the greatest challenges in bringing people back to the office?
Settling on an approach that works for multiple groups with differing needs is daunting. For certain teams the best option is having a few people work onsite five days a week. For others it makes more sense to accommodate a rotating schedule so that a larger group all has an opportunity to work in-office but on a rotating schedule. Yet others would be best served with intermittent opportunities to enter the building for individual needs and/or group working sessions. Fortunately, the leaders here are determined (and flexible) so we have coordinated together successfully so far.What’s the biggest surprise?
People really do want to come back to the office! Along with the benefits of a work from home arrangement also come challenges, of course. Despite that, I was surprised to see that so many were willing to take us up on the offer of participating in a pilot RTO effort. It has been great to see these smiling faces again.

If you could share two lessons learned, what would they be?
It’s tough to balance reasonable caution with over-reaction. We had a situation wherein we learned of a COVID-19 exposure which affected a non-cohabitant family member of an employee. Our first hiccup in RTO world, we went full swing and sent everyone home, had the place sanitized again and reduced the number of folks coming back in for a short time. In hindsight, that was maybe a little much. Next time we may approach slightly differently. But again, it’s a delicate balance keeping everyone effectively working and safe.

Gannett employees are one dedicated bunch! OK, I already knew this, but am reminded of it when I see the group coming in each day to a mostly empty office as part of the RTO pilot, when I saw the folks sent home on “exposure scare day” and immediately back online continuing to work, and when I hear from others who are happily working away despite the distraction of spouses, children, dogs, cats, doorbells, etc.

Communication when the stakes are high
This month join us for a “Communication When the Stakes Are High” webinar where we’ll show you how to handle conversations where opinions may differ and emotions run strong. The session will be held:

  • Thurs., Aug. 27 (2 pm ET)
  • Register in advance for the webinar here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar.

Missed Mentally Forward’s three-part ‘Resilience’ series?If you missed the three-part “Resilience and Well Being in Challenging Times” virtual series hosted by the Employee  Resource Group (ERG) Mentally Forward, you can always catch the replays via OKTA on The Hub on Demand > Inclusion, Diversity & Equity.

Learn how to manage stress, explore ways to enhance your adaptability and become a  source of support to those around you.


August 19, 2020 @ 8:00 am
September 4, 2020 @ 5:00 pm