July 2016
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…)

Community Engagement
Ending Summer Hunger: A Team Effort
Audrey Rowe
Audrey Rowe
Administrator of
Food and Nutrition Service,
USDA

A staggering 15.3 million American children live in food insecure households.  Right here in our own country, maybe even in your own neighborhood, there are children who have become used to living with the sounds of a growling stomach.  These are kids who aren’t lucky enough to be picky eaters; who don’t have the luxury of asking “What’s for dinner tonight?” but instead, ask “Are we having dinner tonight?”  (more…)

Quality of Lifehacks
3 Hacks by Sodexo for Pokémon Go Safety
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

As Pokémon Go sweeps the nation—and the world—you might see even more people than usual wandering the streets staring into their phones. The augmented reality game uses smartphones to overlay the real world with images of video-game creatures that users can “catch” by throwing “Poké balls” at them in the app. Health experts have praised the game for using augmented reality to get users outside and walking around. Hunting for Pokémon like Pikachu and Bulbasaur is certainly better exercise than most smartphone games and could potentially be used as a fun team-building activity in the workplace. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Sorting Hat Quiz: Which Ilvermorney House Do You Belong In?
Sodexo
Sodexo

J.K Rowling has expanded upon the world of Harry Potter, introducing us to a new wizarding school named Ilvermorny. Located on a mountain is Massachusetts, Ilvermorny is the school that all American wizards go to. The school is composed of four houses, each of which representing different character traits. Take this quiz to see which Ilvermorny house you belong in when it comes to the workplace.

 

 

Community Engagement
Making a Global Difference: Stop Hunger Turns 20
Bob Stern
Bob Stern
President,
Sodexo Foundation and
Group General Counsel,
Sodexo

In 1996, the Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act was passed to protect organizations from liability when they give good faith donations of food for charitable causes. For most
people, this might not seem like a milestone event, but for Steve Brady it was all the motivation needed to put his plan into action.  (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Training Camp: Team Building Activities Inspired by Football
Mia Mends
Mia Mends
CEO,
Benefits & Rewards Services
Sodexo USA

We are at the end of July and that means training camp for the National Football League (NFL) 2016 season is just around the corner. Before the teams officially take the field in the fall, they will spend copious amounts of time practicing and preparing this summer. It’s not too much of a stretch to consider how a little summer training and team-building could improve your team’s performance as well. (more…)

Healthcare Services Workforce & Workplace
Identifying Approaches to Improve the Patient Experience
Jeff Paulson
Jeff Paulson
President,
Healthcare Services,
Sodexo North America

2016 Healthcare CompendiumThis is the second 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 Understanding and Managing Patient Fear in the Hospital Setting.

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Health & Wellbeing
Infuse Your Work Life with a Little Vitamin D
Gerri Mason Hall
Gerri Mason Hall
SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer
Sodexo North America

We are smack-dab in the middle of summer.  As the days get longer and the temperatures get warmer, those of us who work in offices every day start to look longingly out of the windows. While we can’t move our offices outdoors, summer is the perfect time to work a little more outdoor time into your daily schedule. Here are a few ideas for bringing sunshine into your work life.

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Workforce & Workplace
The Secret Work of Pets? A New Movie Has Us Wondering Whether to Bring Pets to the Office
Steve Cox
Steve Cox
VP, Public Relations
Sodexo North America

The new animated film The Secret Life of Pets topped the box office for a second straight weekend with total earnings over $250 million globally and breaking box office records. The animated film follows New York City pets who wonder what their owners do all day at this mysterious place called “work.” (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Using Global Asset Management Solutions Can Positively Impact the Bottom Line
Eric Jouane
Eric Jouane
Senior Vice President,
Facilities Management,
Sodexo North America

This week the facilities management community came together to celebrate World FM Day and honor all the men and women who support the health, safety, productivity and well-being of people who utilize the built environment. In honor of this annual occasion, I wanted to talk about the importance of effectively managing your assets. (more…)

Healthcare Services Workforce & Workplace
New Challenges May Present Opportunities for the Hospital C-Suite
Calvin Johnson
Calvin Johnson
President,
Health Care Systems,
Sodexo North America

This is the first 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. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Honoring the Unsung Heroes Who Increase Productivity and Maintain Business Continuity
Dean Johnson
Dean Johnson
CEO,
Service Operations,
Sodexo North America

Today we are celebrating World Facilities Management Day (World FM Day), dedicated to recognizing the men and women across the globe who take on the challenging responsibility of maintaining the safety, efficiency and usability of our workplaces. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Choosing to Find Your Happy Place at Work
Steve Cox
Steve Cox
VP, Public Relations
Sodexo North America

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Sometimes finding happiness must be very intentional but simply knowing happiness is a choice is not enough. Experiencing it requires a conscious decision every day and it is not always easy.

A while ago one woman took the Internet by storm with her Facebook Live video gone viral. Candace Payne, otherwise known as “Chewbacca Lady,” bought a noise-making Chewbacca mask, put it on, laughed quite a bit, and shared her experience on Facebook. The video has garnered over 159 million views and millions of likes. Whether you love Star Wars or you have no idea what a Chewbacca is, one thing for certain is that Candace Payne most likely brought a smile to your face. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Why Your Office Should Be More Like The Office
Steve Cox
Steve Cox
VP, Public Relations
Sodexo North America

The Office, NBC’s hit comedy that aired from 2005 to 2013, led to millions of viewers laughing on a week to week basis. It was one of my favorite shows and even all these years later, it still makes me laugh…and rings true of what goes on in most office environments, albeit a little exaggerated. The show documents the life of a rather dysfunctional office and their daily antics. While as a whole, the extreme personalities of The Office, lead to an incongruous environment, there are traits from each of the characters that can be quite beneficial when applied in the workplace. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Striving for Perfection on the Basketball Court and in Life
Jeff Moore
Jeff Moore
Vice President, Strategy,
Sodexo North America &
Former Marine Veteran

“I’m someone who will push you beyond all reasonable limits. Someone who will ask you not to just fulfill your potential but to exceed it. Someone who will expect more from you than you may believe you are capable of.” – Pat Summitt (more…)

Community Engagement
Growing Future Leaders in the Fight to End Hunger
Shondra Jenkins
Shondra Jenkins
Director,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

There are some remarkable people out there who are fighting to end hunger. These people have dedicated countless hours to ensuring no one goes hungry, whether it’s in their own communities or around the world. Some have donated thousands of pounds of food to people in need. Some have recruited others and inspired them to get involved in service. And some have done all of this before graduating high school. (more…)

Inclusion
Honoring the Troops in a Very Sodexo Way
Jeff Moore
Jeff Moore
Vice President, Strategy,
Sodexo North America &
Former Marine Veteran

This weekend, we’ll be celebrating America by saluting the flag and honoring the troops. At Sodexo, we provide food service at many U.S. military installations, and for the past ten years, we’ve been honoring troops in a different way: with a culinary medal. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Have a Safe Independence Day and Canada Day
Marten Stenfors
Marten Stenfors
Head of Safety, Sodexo North America

When it comes to celebrating our independence, the United States and Canada have a lot more in common than a shared border.  In Canada, we celebrate our independence on July 1, a national holiday called Canada Day. Just a few days later, the United States celebrates its independence on the Fourth of July. (more…)