2016
Health & Wellbeing
New Year, New You
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

As the year comes to a close and a New Year begins, will you be making any New Year’s resolutions? Many of us use this as a time to reflect and decide to make changes to improve our lives. In fact, surveys have found some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions include “live life to the fullest,” “live a healthier lifestyle” and “lose weight.” (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Safely Preparing Your Holiday Meal
Zero Harm
Zero Harm

How can you avoid giving your friends and family the gift of a food-borne illness? When it comes to preparing your holiday meal – you aren’t necessarily thinking about food safety but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 6 Americans suffer from a food borne illness every year.

At Sodexo, we serve approximately 9 million meals to 15 million customers daily so we are thinking about how to prevent this 24/7 – we call that our Zero Harm Mindset. To learn more about preparing your holiday meal safely, view tips from Brian Turner, Director of Product Quality Assurance for Sodexo.

Universities
Beyond the Lecture Hall: Residence Life Turns Campus into Community
Jim Jenkins
Jim Jenkins

CEO, Universities East,
Sodexo North America

For today’s students, college is about more than just academics. When students select a college, they are increasingly likely to consider factors beyond the institution’s academic reputation, research facilities and faculty credentials. Students understand that the campus they select will be their home for the next few years, and they are interested in the quality of life they can expect there. For this reason, students are placing greater emphasis on residence life programs when contemplating their options for higher education.

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Health & Wellbeing
Three Quality of Lifehacks to Manage Holiday Season Stress
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

Do you find the holidays stressful? It may be dealing with last minute holiday shopping, meeting end-of-year work obligations, or putting up with zany in-laws. It’s no surprise that December has been named National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month. Stress can impact concentration, motivation and productivity. It can also impact health and wellbeing.

With this in mind, here are three Quality of Lifehacks to help manage holiday season stress. (more…)

Sustainability
How Caterers can Help Reduce Food Waste
Christy Cook
Christy Cook

Director,

Sustainability Performance

& Field Support

Sodexo North America

This is the third in a series about food waste and the social license. You might recall from our first post that the concept of social license is about asking our customers to accept practices in the food experience that reduce waste. So far, we’ve discussed how the concept of the social license can reduce food waste in restaurants. Today we are going to tackle catering – a very complicated and difficult beast. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Decorating Safely for the Holidays
Zero Harm
Zero Harm

Nobody wants to spend the holidays in the ER. Last year, more than 90,000 people are treated in the ER for ladder-related injuries and nearly 4,000 injuries associated with extension cords.

At Sodexo we use the 3 Checks for Safety before beginning any task as part of our Zero Harm Mindset. You can ask these questions at home too:

  1. Do I know how to do the job?
  2. Do I have the right equipment?
  3. Is my environment safe?

To learn more about decorating safely for the holidays, view tips from Frank Romeo, Senior Director of Health & Safety for Sodexo.

Corporate Services Health & Wellbeing
3 Quality of LifeHacks to Prevent the Spread of Germs at Work
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

It’s National Handwashing Awareness Week. Everyone knows that handwashing is key to prevent the spread of germs. This is especially important in the workplace. The Workforce Institute reports that workplace absenteeism rates range from five to ten percent. This means that at any point in time up to one out of 10 employees is missing from work due to illness.

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Inclusion
Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Achieving the Future We Want
Joan Turner
Joan Turner

CEO Canadian Business SenseAbility

Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities has been celebrated annually on December 3. The theme for this year’s International Day is Achieving the Future We Want.

At SenseAbility, the future we want is one where companies realize the business potential of including people with disabilities as customers, investors and employees. We help companies think differently about their products and services to develop innovative and elegant design approaches that make products and services easier to use and more universally accessible. We are also proud to have Sodexo as a valued member of our business network and for helping change the conversation about people with disabilities. (more…)

Healthcare Services Health & Wellbeing
A Path Toward Culturally Competent Health Care
Dan Bueschel
Dan Bueschel

CEO,
Sodexo Healthcare,
North America

Since the launch of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), minorities across the U.S. have made significant gains in healthcare coverage.  The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation reports that between 2013 and 2015 the uninsured rates fell for all racial and ethnic groups. While the future of the ACA is uncertain, the fact is that our country is becoming more demographically diverse. Pew Research projects that by 2055 there will not be a single racial or ethnic majority. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Three Daily Quality of Lifehacks to Save on Holiday Calories
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

Tis the season! This means dazzling Christmas light displays, countless hours of holiday shopping, and joyous festivities with coworkers, families and friends. It’s also a time for delicious holiday foods, like eggnog, fruitcake, pecan pie, sweet potato casserole and turkey with all the trimmings. While the season is filled with holiday cheer and celebrations, it’s also a time when many of us overindulge and fill up on too many calories. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing Quality of Lifehacks
Three Quality of Lifehacks for Managing Type 2 Diabetes
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

November is a time devoted to raising awareness and understanding of diabetes—a disease that affects the lives of 29 million Americans living with diabetes, 86 million adults with prediabetes, and countless family and friends caring for loved ones. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease, accounting for 90-95 percent of people living with diabetes (PWDs), and is on the rise worldwide.  The good news is that lifestyle changes can help delay or even prevent type 2 diabetes. Here are three tips that can help you manage and take control of type 2 diabetes. (more…)

Sustainability
Why We Need your Support to help Reduce Food Waste
Christy Cook
Christy Cook

Director,

Sustainability Performance

& Field Support

Sodexo North America

Imagine, for a moment, that you get your lunch from the same café every day. You get a turkey sandwich that’s a little too big for you to finish, but it’s a good value. Then one day, you come in and notice your turkey sandwich is a little bit smaller. Would you be annoyed? Or relieved that you weren’t wasting food? (more…)

Schools Health & Wellbeing
A Healthier America Starts with Healthier Kids
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone

CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide President,
Sodexo North America

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) fulfills a critical mission: ending the childhood obesity crisis. After increasing steadily for decades, the national childhood obesity rate has leveled off, but it is still alarmingly high compared to a generation ago. The CDC reports that childhood obesity has more than doubled in children (defined as those under 10 years of age) and quadrupled in adolescents (10 to 19 years of age) in the past 30 years. Among young children 2 to 5, rates more than doubled between the mid-1970s and 2000s before beginning a decline.  If we don’t address this epidemic now, we are sending millions of children down a perilous path towards a lifetime of chronic diseases. PHA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to work with the private sector to help end this crisis. (more…)

Corporate Services Health & Wellbeing
Three Quality of LifeHacks to Help Employees Quit Smoking
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

The Great American Smoke Out is this week. The American Cancer Society leads this yearly event on the third Thursday of each November to encourage smokers across the country to make a plan to quit or to plan in advance to quit smoking on this day. Over 480,000 Americans die from tobacco-related illnesses each year.  Research also shows that smokers cost their employers close to $6,000 per year more than non-smokers.

 

With this in mind, it behooves employers to help their employees quit smoking. Here are three Quality of Lifehacks to help. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
How a disciplined asset management strategy can directly lead to a better quality of life
Keith Hamer
Keith Hamer

Sodexo Group Vice-President
Asset Management and Engineering

Every organization has a mix of assets on its balance sheet. These probably include infrastructure, human resources, financial assets, as well as some “intangibles.” The key to an organization’s success is getting the most value out of each one.

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Government Workforce & Workplace
Supporting Military Reservists & Families in the Workplace
Kandy Grenier
Kandy Grenier

Vice President of Human Resources
Universities, Sodexo

This is the time of year when we reflect on the many things that those who have served in the armed forces have given to our country. But as service members like me know, serving in the military can give you back just as much. Serving as a Navy reservist gave me many skills that I brought with me to the workplace. But, at the same time, I could never have fulfilled my service without a supportive employer. (more…)

Universities
Exploring the Role of Higher Education in Creating Community
Jim Jenkins
Jim Jenkins

CEO, Universities East,
Sodexo North America

Establishing a strong sense of belonging and purpose, both on campus and in the larger community is essential to engaging and retaining students. For many students, college represents their first taste of true independence, away from parents, teachers and other authority figures. Their actions are their own, and the decision whether or not to get involved is up to them.  For college and university administrators, it is imperative that they establish an environment, on campus and beyond, that fosters a sense of belonging so students have the best opportunity to succeed academically, socially and civically.

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Government Workforce & Workplace Diversity Careers
Speed, Mass and “Firepower” – What Veterans Bring to the Workforce
Steve Cox
Steve Cox

VP, Public Relations

Sodexo North America

I’m one of more than 21 million veterans in the U.S. today. After serving more than 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, I was ready to transition to the civilian workforce back in 2005. At first, I questioned how my military skillset would translate to a civilian job. However, after spending the last 11 years in the civilian workforce, I have found that my military experience has helped me thrive and actually create an entire career path.

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Sustainability
When Big Companies Make Small Changes to Benefit the World
Dean Johnson
Dean Johnson

CEO,
Service Operations,
Sodexo North America

Every day both families and companies are presented with myriad choices that affect the environment and the globe as a whole. With each decision, come both rewards and consequences. A single family can decide to make environmentally friendly decisions such as freezing vegetables they can’t use, purchasing green cleaning products, or walking to dinner instead of driving. Each one of these decisions has a small but positive impact in helping our environment.

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Quality of Lifehacks
Three QOLHacks for Surviving Election Day at the Office
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

November 8 is Election Day. There will be an estimated 237 million eligible voters in this election. One way or another, there’s going to be a wave of people who are disappointed in the election results, perhaps passionately so. Whether you’re in an office that will actively be tracking Election Day results or one where employees will monitor it on their own, the election can lead to a tough environment for many employees.

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Seniors Workforce & Workplace
Hiring for Heart, Retaining by Caring: Building the Senior Care Workforce
Gerri Mason Hall
Gerri Mason Hall

President,

Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer,

Sodexo North America

By 2025, there will be over 8 billion people on our planet, and one in 10 will be over 65. That has huge implications for our country. It will also have a major impact on the senior living industry. As the population increases—and as baby boomers age—more people than ever will choose to move into senior living communities. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Safety First… No, Really
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone

CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide President,
Sodexo North America

We all know the sayings: “Safety first”, “better safe than sorry”, “safety begins with you.” These phrases are everywhere, on posters, in emails—so ubiquitous, in fact, that we start to tune them out.  We know that safety is important, but it’s easy to take it for granted.

Taking safety for granted, however, is the last thing we want to do. There’s nothing more important than our wellbeing, of course. But did you know that companies that invest in safety actually save money? (more…)

Schools Health & Wellbeing
Marketing and Ethics and Kids, Oh My!
Richard Hill
Richard Hill

VP Marketing
Schools, Sodexo North America

Marketing and ethics are two words that some may think are too often at opposing sides of the same spectrum, especially where kids are concerned. Kids are a unique demographic to market to, but a vital one that we must be careful with if we hope to make sustainable behavioral changes that will drive positive, healthier life choices. (more…)

Quality of Lifehacks
3 Quality of Lifehacks to be a Good Listener
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

Hello Out There. Is Anyone Listening?

In today’s constantly connected, multitasking world, listening is more important than ever. Unfortunately, it’s fallen to the bottom of our priority list.

Listening is where meaningful communication and relationships start. In business, listening is especially important. It’s how you build trust, manage disagreements, inspire your people and enhance commitment. At Sodexo, one of our core values is team spirit. Listening is fundamental to developing and nurturing successful teams. (more…)

Seniors Health & Wellbeing
Still a Person – Dementia’s Impact on Quality of Life
Thomas Jelley
Thomas Jelley

Director,
Sodexo Institute for Quality of Life

This is the second blog in a continuing series based on the findings from the Sodexo Institute for Quality of Life’s recent roundtable on memory care. Read the full whitepaper: “Treat me like a person, because that is what I still am.”

 

We each have a unique set of circumstances that determine our quality of life (QOL). This can include environmental factors, health and well-being, socio-economic status and more. For the more than five million Americans who live with dementia, QOL is influenced by a completely different set of circumstances. (more…)

Quality of Lifehacks
Trick or Treat? The Scary Truth About Added Sugars
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

Halloween is filled with costumes, haunted houses, trick or treating—and candy!  Whether you prefer chocolate or candy corn, the sales of candy during the week of Halloween are reported to be greater than candy sales during the weeks before Easter and Valentine’s Day.  That’s a lot of sugar!

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Universities
President2President: Next-Gen Campus Housing Built for Living-Learning Communities
Barry Telford
Barry Telford

CEO, Universities West,
Sodexo North America
President, Sodexo Canada

A new generation is getting ready to enter the hallowed halls of higher education and in addition to bringing their devices to campus, they will also arrive with a new set of expectations on how they want to live, learn and experience college. This is the first year Generation Z students will be graduating from high school and descending on college and university campuses across the country—in record numbers, in fact—bringing their unique learning styles along with them. If academia plans to recruit, retain and engage these students, they will be up against some new challenges that will ultimately yield exciting opportunities for the future of educational institutions.

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Seniors Health & Wellbeing
The Stigma of Living with Dementia
Joe Cuticelli
Joe Cuticelli

CEO, Seniors

Sodexo North America

This is the first blog in a continuing series based on the findings from the Institute for Quality of Life’s roundtable on memory care. Read the full whitepaper: “Treat me like a person, because that is what I still am.”

Dementia is perceived differently by different people. Broadly, dementia refers to a decline in mental ability serious enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform common activities. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that one in nine Americans over the age of 65 is impacted by dementia. As the 75 million baby boomers (ages 51-69) grow older, the number of Americans with dementia will significantly increase. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Make it Easy: Solutions for healthy diets
Nebeyou Abebe
Nebeyou Abebe

Senior Director,

Health & Well-Being

Sodexo North America

As the American diet has gotten more convenient, it has also gotten less healthy. The fast food, prepared food and easy-to-grab snacks that make up many of our meals have contributed to an obesity crisis and to the rise of chronic illnesses like diabetes.

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Workforce & Workplace
The Future of Corporate Real Estate: Quality of Life Matters
Dave Kimball
Dave Kimball

Senior Vice President,
Operations, Sodexo

The corporate real estate (CRE) industry plays an increasingly important role in helping businesses enhance their workplace strategy.  This profession is instrumental in designing workplaces that impact employee engagement, performance and wellness.  These factors not only impact business results but also affect employee Quality of Life. (more…)

Universities
Welcome to Gen Z’s idea of a campus Utopia, and one that keeps me up at night
Scott D. Miller, PhD
Scott D. Miller, PhD

President of Virginia Wesleyan College &
Co-Executive Editor of “President to President”

We’ve heard a lot about what today a college student (and their parents) expects from their institutions.

Frequently at the top of the list is student housing. They want distinctive, comfortable, convenient, attractive student housing—not the traditional dormitory with a bathroom at the end of the hall. They want privacy and amenities, easy proximity to classes and co-curricular activities, up-to-date technology, and in-room dining options. Let’s not forget parking. Some students arrive with more than one vehicle these days.

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Inclusion
Supplier Diversity from the Inside Out
Darlene Fuller
Darlene Fuller

Senior Director
Supplier Diversity, Sodexo

Diversity helps businesses and communities thrive. It’s that simple. When there are more options, more voices and more ideas, there are more opportunities for business excellence. While many organizations focus on cultivating a diverse workforce that can offer a variety of ideas and strengths, it’s equally as important to ensure your business supply base includes diverse vendors. (more…)

Corporate Services Inclusion
The Evolving Role of Latinas in the Workplace
Rohini Anand, PhD
Rohini Anand, PhD

SVP, Corporate Responsibility &
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo

September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a good opportunity to reflect on the progress Latinas have made in the workplace. Compared to previous generations, today’s Latinas tend to be more educated, empowered, independent and comfortable putting themselves at the center of life decisions.   (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Three Quality of LifeHacks to Help You Go Vegetarian for a Month
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

October can be the scariest month of the year—not because of Halloween, but because it’s Vegetarian Awareness Month, and, for some of us, eating a vegetarian diet seems too fearsome a task to even attempt. But—just like when you visit the haunted house in your neighbor’s garage—the fear of going veg is all in your head. With just a few easy techniques, becoming a vegetarian is easy as meat-free pie. (more…)

Inclusion
Inclusion and Safety: Drivers of Business Success
David Boyd Williams
David Boyd Williams

Director of Global Diversity,

Sodexo

As demographic shifts accelerate the changing global workforce, leaders who leverage the diversity of their employee populations and create an inclusive culture, could see higher levels of safety and engagement within their organization. While there is not necessarily a causal relationship between inclusion, safety, and engagement, some studies reflect a correlation between these indicators and positive business outcomes. (more…)

Sustainability
How Sodexo’s Commitment to Small Businesses Helps Communities
Dean Johnson
Dean Johnson

CEO,
Service Operations,
Sodexo North America

Small and medium enterprises, or SMEs, are the engines of economies all over the world. In developing nations, they often account for more than 60 percent of the gross national product and more than 70 percent of total employment. In the U.S., 28 million small businesses account for 54 percent of all sales in the country. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
3 Quality of Lifehacks for New Moms in the Workplace
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

One of the major demographics shifts over the last decades has been the rise of women in the workplace. With women making up nearly half the workforce, there are more working moms than ever before.

For new moms, returning to the office after maternity leave can be difficult. But there are steps that you and your workplace leaders can take to make sure your transition goes smoothly. (more…)

Community Engagement
Commercial Opportunity Flows from Inclusiveness
Kelly Beaulieu
Kelly Beaulieu

Founder and Owner,

Canadian Prairie Garden Purees

Sodexo Canada was recently named winner of the 2016 Tier 1 Champion of Supplier Diversity Award by the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Suppliers Council (CAMSC).

From my perspective as an Aboriginal business owner who has worked closely with Sodexo since 2013, this recognition is richly deserved. Our company, Canadian Prairie Garden Purees (CPG), supplies Sodexo’s food service and healthcare divisions with premium quality fruit, vegetable and pulse purees.

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Workforce & Workplace
How Twitter shows the Future Promise of STEM
Gerri Mason Hall
Gerri Mason Hall

President,

Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer,

Sodexo North America

This week, Sodexo participated in the “Upskilling America’s Workforce: Preparing for the Future of Work by Aligning Business and Education” conference, hosted by Manpower Group and Apollo Education Group at the National Press Club. The conference highlighted a ManpowerGroup’s Talent Shortage Survey, which found that 38 percent of employers globally report difficulties filling jobs.

As a top 20 global employer, with over 133,000 employees in the U.S., we recognize that a key part of the challenge is building a workforce with the necessary STEM skills. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Top Five Questions to Ask Your IT Outsourcer
Tim Porzio
Tim Porzio

Vice President, Operations &
Infrastructure, Information Systems & Technology,
Sodexo North America

Companies today are utilizing an ever increasing array of outsourced IT services. When considering outsourced IT services it’s imperative to enter into the vendor selection process well prepared. It is critical to fully define your requirements before you sit down to evaluate an outsourcing company. Hint: Start with your desired end result in mind. Ask yourself, “What does an exceptional experience and partnership look like to me?” These five questions will get you started on your away to evaluating the right arrangement for your business. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of LifeHack: Engaging Millennials
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

An astonishing 50 percent of the workforce will be composed of millennials by the year 2020, according to a PWC report. It may be hard to categorize all people who were born between 1980 and 2000 (millennials) as one type of person because people can vary significantly in mentality and habits. However, research and first-hand experience shows ways to improve engagement among millennials. Below are three things to keep in mind for engaging millennials. (more…)

Community Engagement
Imagine America without Hunger
Shondra Jenkins
Shondra Jenkins

Executive Director,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

Actively engaging young people in their community can result in positive and meaningful social change. Learn more about how to engage young people by reading Six Steps to Engage Millennials in Social Change and utilizing the complimentary Youth Engagement Toolkit.

 

Big dreams like a hunger-free America may seem far-fetched and unrealistic to some, but to Generation Z, this goal is realistic and inspires them to take action in their communities. Generation Z, roughly defined as those born since the mid-90s, is considered to be America’s greatest giving generation.1 (more…)

Corporate Services Health & Wellbeing
Make Your Workplace a Food-Allergy Free Zone
Brian Turner
Brian Turner

Director, Product Quality Assurance
Sodexo North America

Food allergies are more common than many people think. In fact, 15 million Americans have been diagnosed with a food allergy, according to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), and one in three Americans report experiencing some form of negative reaction to food. Chances are someone in your office has a food allergy or intolerance. (more…)

Inclusion
Making the World a Safer Place for Women
Rohini Anand, PhD
Rohini Anand, PhD

SVP, Corporate Responsibility &
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo

Around the world, 1 in 3 women experience physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lives. That means 35 percent of our sisters, 35 percent of our friends, 35 percent of our coworkers—or maybe you’ve even experienced it first hand. (more…)

Schools Health & Wellbeing
It’s Not the Pollen Count That’s Making You Miserable
Joseph Albright
Joseph Albright

Vice President, Technical Services,
K12 Schools, Sodexo North America

Do you blame the pollen count for your coughing, sneezing and stuffy nose? Do you track the pollen count and stay indoors on heavy pollen days? I hate to tell you, but the quality of air inside of buildings, where people spend about 90 percent of their time, is even more important to your health. Ironically, according to the EPA, indoor air can be two to five times more polluted—and in some cases up to 100 times more polluted—than outdoor air. This is a significant issue in schools, where exposure to allergens, such as dust mites, pests and molds can trigger asthma symptoms. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace Quality of Lifehacks
3 Quality of Lifehacks by Sodexo for Having a Great Relationship With Your Boss
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

For the vast majority of us, having a boss is just a fact of life. Whether or not we get along with those bosses, however, can be much less of a sure thing—but it doesn’t have to be.

Other than being a friendly, intelligent and all-around all-star employee, which of course you are, there are steps you can actively take to better connect with your boss, and they’re not even that hard. Check them out: (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
What Tim Tebow Can Teach Us About Second Careers
Steve Cox
Steve Cox

VP, Public Relations

Sodexo North America

Yesterday the New York Mets announced that they signed Tim Tebow to a minor league baseball contract. It marks a second career for Tebow and it’s just another surprising turn in his unusual sporting history. His story of success, struggles and resilience is one we can learn from in our own careers. (more…)

Universities
Ode to Living on Campus by a Member of Generation Z
Jake Hughes
Jake Hughes

University of Maryland Student &
Sodexo Future Leader Intern

I represent Generation Z, a generation that spent our childhood taking care of virtual pets on Neopets and playing Pokémon Yellow on a Gameboy. We made Facebook accounts in middle school, as Facebook Memories likes to continuously remind us. We watched our parents cry during the terror attacks on the World Trade Center. We experienced “The Great Recession” firsthand. We saw millions of gallons of oil pour into the Gulf of Mexico. We witnessed our siblings terrified to go to school the day after the Columbine Shooting.

We’re a product of information, communication, and innovation. We’ve seen hardships not only on a national scale, but also on a global scale. The fusion of all of these experiences has led to a new generational mentality- one of strong work ethic, global understanding, and technological reliance. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Innovation partnership to revolutionize support service fulfillment
Richard Tam
Richard Tam

Executive Vice-President and
Chief Administrative Officer,
Mackenzie Health & Chief Financial Officer,
Mackenzie Innovation Institute

I am pleased to report that Mackenzie Innovation Institute (MI²) has just entered into a new innovation partnership with Sodexo, our current supplier of comprehensive non-clinical support services. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace Quality of Lifehacks
3 Quality of Lifehacks by Sodexo for Happiness at Work
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

We just celebrated Labor Day, when we take the day off to relax and honor the hard work we do all year ‘round. But you shouldn’t have to take a day off work to enjoy yourself. Making work your happy place can go a long way towards improving your health and well-being. In fact, happiness in the workplace has been proven to increase employee engagement, which boosts productivity. And who doesn’t want to be happier, more engaged and more productive?

According to a recent Gallup poll, 70% of workers either hate their job or feel completely disengaged at work. But we can take steps every day to make our workplace more enjoyable. Here are three tips: (more…)

Healthcare Services Health & Wellbeing
Spotting Trends in Population Health Management
Nebeyou Abebe
Nebeyou Abebe

Senior Director,

Health & Well-Being

Sodexo North America

This is the final blog in a continuing series based on the findings from the Sodexo 2016 Healthcare Compendium, a compilation of research that examines the increasing trend toward a focus on value in the healthcare sector. Read the full article: Trends in Population Health Management (more…)

Community Engagement
5 Ways YOU Can Get Involved in Hunger Action Month!
Shondra Jenkins
Shondra Jenkins

Executive Director,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

Actively engaging young people in their community can result in positive and meaningful social change. Learn more about how to engage young people by reading Six Steps to Engage Millennials in Social Change and utilizing the complimentary Youth Engagement Toolkit.

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Universities
Bring on the Artisan Pickles: How Generation Z’s Preferences are Changing Campus Dining
Barry Telford
Barry Telford

CEO, Universities West,
Sodexo North America
President, Sodexo Canada

This is the third blog in an ongoing series examining how colleges and universities can understand and address the expectations of Generation Z college students. We’ll explore some of the most significant issues, including academic interests, housing expectations, ideological tendencies, dining preferences, and spending habits. The goal is to provide valuable insights that can help guide campus decision-makers in creating an environment that supports student success, well-being, satisfaction, and achievement. 

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Workforce & Workplace
3 Lifehacks by Sodexo for Breaking the Glass Ceiling
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

Today is Women’s Equality Day, and it’s the perfect time to both celebrate women’s achievements and bring attention to the inequalities still lingering in the workplace.

It’s been more than half a century since Congress passed the Equal Pay Act, but even today American women across the workforce can find themselves hitting the glass ceiling. Women make up nearly half of the workforce, but they’re paid only 79 cents for every dollar a man makes. Women are also under-represented in upper-level positions. In fact, only 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies are run by women. (more…)

Community Engagement
Advice from a 15-Year Old Nonprofit-Preneur
Shondra Jenkins
Shondra Jenkins

Executive Director,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

Actively engaging young people in their community can result in positive and meaningful social change. Learn more about how to engage young people by reading Six Steps to Engage Millennials in Social Change and utilizing the complimentary Youth Engagement Toolkit.

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Universities
Growing Up Gen Z: new challenges and opportunities for campus life
Pat Connolly
Pat Connolly

Global CEO,
Universities,
Sodexo

This is the second blog in an ongoing series examining how colleges and universities can understand and address the expectations of Generation Z college students. We’ll explore some of the most significant issues, including academic interests, housing expectations, ideological tendencies, dining preferences, and spending habits. The goal is to provide valuable insights that can help guide campus decision-makers in creating an environment that supports student success, well-being, satisfaction, and achievement.  (more…)

Community Engagement
Igniting Youth Imagination in the Fight Against Hunger
Shondra Jenkins
Shondra Jenkins

Executive Director,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

Actively engaging young people in their community can result in positive and meaningful social change. Learn more about how to engage young people by reading Six Steps to Engage Millennials in Social Change and utilizing the complimentary Youth Engagement Toolkit.

 

“The greatest feeling in the world is realizing that you have what it takes to be a social catalyst

for positive change, which can be achieved through serving others.” –Angelina, 2016 Youth Grantee, age 16. (more…)

Universities Workforce & Workplace
Introducing the New Generation on College Campuses
Jeff Pente
Jeff Pente

Senior Director,
Brand Management,
Universities,
Sodexo North America

This is the first blog in an ongoing series examining how colleges and universities can understand and address the expectations of Generation Z college students. We’ll explore some of the most significant issues, including academic interests, housing expectations, ideological tendencies, dining preferences, and spending habits. The goal is to provide valuable insights that can help guide campus decision-makers in creating an environment that supports student success, well-being, satisfaction, and achievement.  (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Coaching for the Win in Sports and in Business
Steve Cox
Steve Cox

VP, Public Relations

Sodexo North America

When it comes to the championship of any sporting event, all eyes are on the athlete.  And reasonably so, given that the athlete has poured thousands of hours into preparing for this one moment. However, we often forget about all the other people who help athletes turn their dreams and aspirations into reality, specifically the coaches. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing Quality of Lifehacks
Three Quality of Lifehacks by Sodexo for relaxation at work
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

Today is National Relaxation Day.  While we can all agree that relaxation is a good thing, it might seem hard to live up to the spirit of the holiday on a work day—especially a Monday. After all, the office can be a difficult place to relax. According to the American Institute of Stress, “job stress is more strongly associated with health complaints than financial or family problems.” But there are simple ways to lower your stress level at the office. Here are three hacks to help you relax: (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
This Isn’t Your Typical Food DRIVE
Brian Smith
Brian Smith

Vice President,
Information Systems & Technology,
Sodexo North America

At Sodexo, we have been recognized and awarded for our efforts to end childhood hunger through the Stop Hunger Foundation. It is customary to see decorated cardboard boxes around the office collecting donations or volunteer teams organizing food drives. Three years ago, my team and I embarked on a drive of our own—working with our culinary group in building a highly integrated technology platform for our foodservice operations that truly transforms the way we go to market and execute activities at our food operations – both from a business process and technology perspective.  These changes demonstrate Sodexo’s commitment to Quality of Life values both for our unit staff and for our consumers.   (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Farmers markets offer benefits that go beyond health
Steve Cox
Steve Cox

VP, Public Relations

Sodexo North America

This is National Farmers Market week, and markets near you are probably ready to brim full of fruits and vegetables that local farmers will harvest through the fall. Farmers Markets can be a lot of fun to visit—you might even discover a fruit or vegetable variety that you didn’t even know existed. But there are also health, environmental and community benefits that come from buying and eating fresh, local produce. (more…)

Community Engagement
Hidden Hunger and What Young Leaders are Doing to Help
Shondra Jenkins
Shondra Jenkins

Executive Director,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

Actively engaging young people in their community can result in positive and meaningful social change. Learn more about how to engage young people by reading Six Steps to Engage Millennials in Social Change and utilizing the complimentary Youth Engagement Toolkit. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Security, Access and Dependability: All the Elements of a Tier III Global Data Center
Tim Porzio
Tim Porzio

Vice President, Operations &
Infrastructure, Information Systems & Technology,
Sodexo North America

Businesses that want to be competitive in the global marketplace must invest in infrastructure that is robust, resilient, secure, available and responsive.  Ensuring the user community has 24/7 access to their data is a business imperative.  Sodexo chose a Tier III data center partner to ensure that their systems have robust physical security and a facility that provides redundant power and cooling for their IT equipment.  This helps to ensure the availability of their business critical applications.  (more…)

Healthcare Services Workforce & Workplace
Using Technology to Transform Healthcare
Aster Angagaw
Aster Angagaw

CEO, Specialty &

Canada Healthcare,

Sodexo North America

This is the fourth in a continuing blog series based on the findings from the Sodexo 2016 Healthcare Compendium, a compilation of research that examines the increasing trend toward a focus on value in the healthcare sector. Read the full article: Trends in Healthcare Technology

 

Most major communities have one or more main hospitals, each surrounded by aligned patient-centered medical homes, specialty clinics, outpatient doctors’ offices, ambulatory clinics, urgent care centers and often, smaller, outlying hospitals. The individual entities within each network need to work in concert with each other, but it can be challenging to communicate efficiently so that patient information is secure, consistent and compliant.

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Workforce & Workplace
Real Success Lies in the Journey
Jake Hughes
Jake Hughes

University of Maryland Student &
Sodexo Future Leader Intern

“It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” That was the advice our AP Physics teacher told us before the Physics Olympics, a high school competition that tested students on their physics knowledge through mental and hands-on challenges. Being the cool high schoolers we were, we had spent the past months studying physics, completing practice challenges, experiencing failure and most importantly, finding success. (more…)

Schools Community Engagement
Making a Positive Impact: Inspiring Young People to Get Involved in Their Community
Shondra Jenkins
Shondra Jenkins

Executive Director,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

Actively engaging young people in their community can result in positive and meaningful social change. Learn more about how to engage young people by reading Six Steps to Engage Millennials in Social Change and utilizing the complimentary Youth Engagement Toolkit.

“This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.” – Robert Kennedy

Growing up, I lived in a middle-class neighborhood with a financially stable family. My childhood memories consist mainly of playing hide-and-go-seek with neighborhood friends and getting called in at 6PM for dinner.  I’d gather around the table with my family, where we would indulge in the delicious feast my father had prepared. (more…)

Healthcare Services Workforce & Workplace
When a Service Provider is Part of the Team
Dan Bueschel
Dan Bueschel

CEO,
Sodexo Healthcare,
North America

This is the third in a continuing blog series based on the findings from the Sodexo 2016 Healthcare Compendium, a compilation of research that examines the increasing trend toward a focus on value in the healthcare sector. Read the full article: Lowell General Hospital: Partnering for Excellence (more…)