December 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.

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…)