November 2016
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…)

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…)

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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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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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
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…)

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…)