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Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. adds Udemy for Business, an online educational platform, to its remote-employee development offerings.

Chipotle adds Udemy to personal-development offerings

Fast-casual brand works to build virtual community among remote workers

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has enhanced its remote-employee learning and personal development offerings to include Udemy for Business, an online, on-demand educational platform, the company said Tuesday.

The Newport Beach, Calif.-based fast-casual brand said all full-time restaurant support center employees, executive team directors, team directors and field leaders have to Udemy, which offers more than 5,500 courses on topics ranging from technology to wellness.

The addition of Udemy is part of the brand’s efforts to create a community for remote workers.

“Through online educational opportunities, employee resource groups, and its culture committee, Chipotle is providing a purposeful remote work experience for its employees,” the company said in a statement.

Among inclusion-based groups, Chipotle also has introduced the United Network of Influencers Furthering Inclusion and Ethnic Diversity (UNIFIED) as an employee resource group. UNIFIED is the company's first resource group in a completely virtual setting, Chipotle said.

Unified includes a minority mentorship program, roundtable discussions with prominent speakers and panels, and quarterly training programs to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

UNIFIED this month is hosting a virtual book club in honor of Black History Month. The group will provide all participating employees with a copy of the chosen book, free of charge.

"Our employees are seeking real connection more than ever before, and it's our responsibility to cultivate an environment where they can continue to thrive and pursue their passions with like-minded co-workers, even in a virtual setting," said Marissa Andrada, Chipotle’s chief diversity, inclusion and people officer, in a statement.

Other employee resource groups include those for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning employers as well as one for women in the workplace and another for wellness.

As of Dec. 23, Chipotle Mexican Grill had more 2,750 restaurants in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

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