October 2016
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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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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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…)

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…)