August 2016
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…)