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 QUality of Lifefacks 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.

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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
Executive 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…)

Government 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…)

Workforce & Workplace
For Global Organizations, a Single Solution for Asset Management
Roopesh Chetty
Roopesh Chetty
Vice President,
Data Analytics for Healthcare Outcomes

ISO:55000 sounds like the name for the latest addition to the Star Trek fleet, but it’s actually the international gold standard in facilities asset management. This sounds a lot less exciting, unless, like me, you are focused on improving the Quality of Life for clients and customers in their buildings through an improved Asset Management Framework (AMF). For me, ISO:55000 certification is not only exciting, it’s the pinnacle of achievement! (more…)

Quality of Lifehacks
3 Hacks by Sodexo for Managing your Boss
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

No matter where you work, it’s likely that you have a boss that manages you. What you may not realize is that not only does your boss manage you, but you can manage him or her as well. Being able to positively manage up can make your life at work easier and happier, but it has other benefits as well. A good manager can advocate for you to get the opportunities you want, whether it’s being put on a new project or getting a promotion. (more…)

Community Engagement
The Power of Partnerships Can Improve Quality of Life for Everyone
Jennifer Williamson
Jennifer Williamson
Senior Vice President,
Corporate Communications
Sodexo North America

Imagine that you are the mayor of a major U.S. city.  How would you handle the very real challenges of city life, fed by a news cycle of endless stories of poverty, crime, failing schools and infrastructure issues? (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Client Intelligence Portal Makes Accessing Data Easy
Kishore Agasthi
Kishore Agasthi
Group Chief Data Officer,
IS&T, Sodexo

Monitoring an enterprise’s key performance indicators (KPIs) in a challenging economic environment makes the difference between profitability and loss, exceeding or failing stakeholders’ expectations, success or failure. Agility is essential, but challenging to achieve without a comprehensive platform that enables executives to see the whole picture as well as each component in real time. Sodexo’s Client Intelligence Portal (CIP) platform integrates and aligns all information and operational data, creating a “one stop shop” that aligns to current and future expectations. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Why Don’t Americans Take More Time Off Work?
Mia Mends
Mia Mends
CEO,
Benefits & Rewards Services
Sodexo USA

You might joke that your office seems like a ghost town during the summer months, when many people take time off to go on vacation. In reality it should probably feel that way more often. American workers take only 51 percent of the paid time off they’re eligible for, MarketWatch reports. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
What the Cleveland Cavaliers Can Teach Us About Comebacks at Work
Steve Cox
Steve Cox
VP, Public Relations
Sodexo North America

Last night was an historic comeback win for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but what was really impressive and a lesson for us all, was the nature of the Cavs’ comeback. Psychologically, when you’re already behind, winning can become even harder. That’s a lesson that’s as true on the basketball court as it is in the office. (more…)

Schools Workforce & Workplace
What Can “Hamilton” Teach Us About Leadership?
Steve Dunmore
Steve Dunmore
CEO, K-12 Schools
Sodexo North America

Tickets are hard to come by for the Broadway show “Hamilton,” which won the Tony Award for Best New Musical Sunday night. But that hasn’t stopped it from becoming a sensation across the country, with many people listening to its soundtrack on repeat. Much of its popularity comes from the innovative way it blends American history with a hip-hop-meets-show-tunes soundtrack. (It’s not every day you hear cabinet meetings imagined as rap battles.) Yet part of what makes the story so compelling is its real-life hero, Alexander Hamilton, who was talented and flawed in equal parts. (more…)

Community Engagement
Hunger Champion Dannon Discusses Collaboration and Values in Action
Antoine Remy
Antoine Remy
Head of U.S. Food Service &
Business Development,
Danone North America

Last night I was the lucky representative of more than 1,500 colleagues here in the U.S. at Dannon and 100,000 Danoners around the world to receive Sodexo’s recognition as this year’s Hunger Champion.  We are deeply grateful for our collaboration in business and for the equally important role we play together to make the world a better place.

Our commitment to quality of life begins with the values we share with Sodexo – that is the foundation of the relationship we enjoy together in business and in pursuit of our social priorities.  Danone’s focus on improving quality of life is centered on bringing health through food to as many people as possible.

Here in the U.S., many Americans understand that we have a major obesity problem, however, fewer understand that we have an equally alarming hunger problem. They are flipsides of the same coin and we’re passionate about both. This drives our commitment to educate Americans about the benefits of eating yogurt every day as part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle, as well as doing what we can to provide access to nutritious foods to families across the country struggling with hunger.

In addition to donating millions of pounds of yogurt to Feeding America, last year we started a new program called Sack hunger to engage our consumers and it was successful beyond our greatest expectations. The 1.6 million meals we helped to put on the plates of Americans was more than double our goal not only because of the enthusiastic response from our consumers but from our employees, who reached into their own pockets to add over 550,000 meals to the donation tally.  In addition to this, our teams across the U.S. packed by hand over 600,000 nutritious meals for their local Feeding America network food banks.  To me, that is the truest demonstration of values in action.

And while we are in the midst of a growing movement,  a food revolution, we are guided by our Manifesto, which is really just our mission in action, and it is comprised of three major priorities focused on alimentation, the food and water cycle, and of course our people and organization.

Alimentation is not a commonly used word in English but to us at Danone it translates into our belief that food is health’s most powerful ally.  By encouraging healthy diets and lifestyles, we’re nourishing life – meeting the needs and wants of every consumer at each of life’s milestones, with products that respect local cultures.  Our aim is promote healthier eating habits, and selling products is only the start.

And for the food and water cycle, we want to strengthen Danone’s ability to protect and optimize our essential resources – water, milk and plastic – and secure our license to operate in a cycle-oriented way.  This is one reason why we recently announced our pledge to sustainable agricultural practices, with more naturality in three of our flagship brands, as well as more transparency in how we communicate.

And for our organization and people, we want to build a more solid organization that is better adapted to today’s challenges, with the contribution of our 100,000 Danoners.

Also in the area of growing leaders and diversity, this spring we piloted a new program in Fort Worth and New York City called Girls 4 Tomorrow.  Nearly 100 girls from 25 higher needs schools came together with nutrition leaders, business experts and special guests to take part in a unique workshop designed to help them think and act like entrepreneurs to create, develop and refine their ideas aimed at improving health and wellness in their schools. The girls pitched their ideas to a panel of judges, and grants were awarded to 24 winning pitches to help make those ideas a reality. These are our future leaders.

Thank you to the entire Sodexo team for the recognition as this year’s Hunger Champion – and for all the collaboration still to come.

 

Antoine Remy is the Vice President Food Service for The Dannon Company and Business Development Danone Dairy North America. Antoine is responsible for successfully delivering long-term sustainable and profitable growth in our U.S. Food Service division, as well as nurturing business development opportunities for Danone Dairy North America. The Dannon Company was recently honored at the 17th Annual Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Dinner as a 2016 Hunger Champion.

Inclusion
Take a Stand Against Hatred
Gerri Mason Hall
Gerri Mason Hall
SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer
Sodexo North America

I don’t know if we will ever be able to make sense of the tragic events that took place in Orlando this weekend. Like most people, I am struggling with frustration, grief, anger and the senselessness of it all. While I can rationalize this was the act of one very disturbed and delusional individual and that the world is filled with good and decent people, I am still reminded that hate remains pervasive.  During this time of unspeakable sadness, during a month that we celebrate and commemorate the LGBT Community, I want to reinforce the importance of coming together to educate, inform and take a stand against hatred. In our communities, in our workplaces, in our families and in our places of faith I encourage you to use your voice to promote understanding and acceptance. Love can conquer hate, but it is up to us to sow the seeds of goodness, compassion, acceptance and grace.    (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Why STEM? Why Now?
Steve Cox
Steve Cox
VP, Public Relations
Sodexo North America

While expanded globalization is swiftly increasing the competitive landscape for most businesses, it is also creating many more opportunities (and choices) for top STEM talent.  The U.S. Department of Commerce projects that STEM occupations will grow by 17 percent between 2008–2018, compared with only 9.8 percent for non-STEM fields. In addition, the nonprofit Science Pioneers, expects demand for STEM professionals to add more than 1 million jobs to the U.S. workforce over the next four years. Compare this with the number of bachelor degrees in STEM-related fields, which has remained relatively flat for nearly 20 years, and you can clearly see the talent-gap most businesses will have to deal with. To make matters worse, the U.S. Department of Education reports that only 16 percent of high school seniors are interested in pursuing STEM careers.   (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
To Thrive in Tomorrow’s Economy, Businesses Must Engage Gen Z Now
Jennifer Williamson
Jennifer Williamson
Senior Vice President,
Corporate Communications
Sodexo North America

For a long time the primary focus of marketers has been on reaching Millennials.  But, to get ahead of current trends, companies need to turn their attention to the next generation on the horizon—Generation Z (Gen Z).  Although Gen Z is relatively young – Demographers place its beginning anywhere from the early ’90s to the mid-2000s according to a 2015 article in the New York Times, they already have nearly $44 billion in spending power and make up over a quarter of the U.S.’s population.  This new wave of tech savvy, responsible and authentic individuals calls for a different style of marketing to catch their attention. (more…)

Universities Community Engagement
Feeding the Future of New Orleans and 22 Other U.S. Cities
Pat Connolly
Pat Connolly
Global CEO,
Universities,
Sodexo

“Food is national security. Food is economy. It is employment, energy, history. Food is everything.”   — Chef José Andrés

Food is an integral part of our everyday lives. However, the sad reality for many families is that the ability to provide one of life’s basic necessities to their children is barely, if at all, feasible. While programs put into place during the school year take the strain off of parents and caretakers only about 18 percent of eligible students participate in summer feeding programs according to the United States Department of Agriculture. (more…)

Executive Commentary
Creating a Culture of Caring during National Safety Month
Marten Stenfors
Marten Stenfors
Head of Safety, Sodexo North America

Every day, I see incidents and injuries around me waiting to happen. Maybe I’m clairvoyant. Or perhaps I have a heightened sense of awareness because I lead the North American Safety team for a global organization. (more…)

Community Engagement
It’s Summertime and Children are Hungry
Steve Cox
Steve Cox
VP, Public Relations
Sodexo North America

While most kids can look forward to a carefree summer of sun and fun, for too many children the end of the school year means they are hungry. During the academic year, 22 million kids receive free and reduced-priced breakfasts and lunches through their schools, relying on them as their primary source of nutrition.

It’s a shocking reality that, in the wealthiest country in the world, for many kids, their school is the most dependable source of food that they have throughout the week. During weekends, holidays and the summer when schools are closed, that reliable source of nutrition is no longer available. It becomes harder for parents to make ends meet during the summer months, when grocery expenses alone can increase by more $300 per month. And when school lets out for the summer, only 3.8 million kids participate in summer meal programs. That means 86% of those eligible may not have regular access to nutritious meals during the summer months. By any measure, this is unacceptable.

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Quality of Lifehacks
3 Hacks by Sodexo to Make Drinking Water a Part of your Day
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

Drinking Water at WorkPeople make a lot of promises about quick fixes to improve productivity in your workplace. While most of those are more hype than help, there’s a remarkably simple trick that might actually work: Drink more water.

Water is one of the most basic things humans need. In addition to a host of health benefits – like improving skin and kidney function – drinking water prevents dehydration, which can cause fatigue. By staying hydrated throughout the day, you and your employees can maintain energy and focus – and improve performance.

Here are three easy ways to incorporate more hydration into your workday.

Have a water date

Chats around the water cooler used to be so common in workplaces that the term is shorthand for a time when employees take a break to gossip or discuss last night’s TV shows. These days, the idea seems almost as outdated. Employees are now more likely to head to a coffee shop for some caffeine or discuss the latest spoilers on interoffice chat. To encourage your office to drink more water, bring back the water cooler conversation. Start by making sure you have a water cooler, fountain or other way of accessing clean water. Then, instead of going for coffee with a friend, make a date to meet at the water cooler to fill your water bottle. Making the break something to look forward to will get your team more hydrated in no time.

Make the swap

Swap at least one beverage a day for plain water. If you drink sugary soft drinks, replacing them with water will reduce the number of calories you take in and reduce your consumption of sugar, too much of which can lead to obesity and diabetes. Sugary drinks, as well as caffeinated ones like diet soda and coffee, give you a quick burst of energy but usually result in a crash soon after. Water won’t lead to a crash – and because it prevents dehydration, it might give you the energy boost you’re after.

Challenge your team

A little competition among team members can be a great thing. A water-drinking competition will promote both team-building and health. Rather than seeing who can drink the most water, it might be best to see who can hit a specified goal (2 liters a day is a challenging but reasonable goal for most) because, while rare, it is possible to drink too much water. You could even kick off the competition by giving out some cool water bottles. And be sure to have a healthy prize for the winner!

How will you promote drinking water in your office? Share your ideas in the comments.

Community Engagement
Knowledge Transfer is Key to Developing Global Education Expertise
Tony Culley-Foster
Tony Culley-Foster
President and CEO
World Affairs Council-Washington, DC

In 1953, Winston Churchill said: “All the great empires of the future will be empires of the mind.” Over the years, eminent scholars and educators have echoed Churchill’s sentiments: If you don’t know history, you are condemned by ignorance to repeat, rather than learn from, the lessons of the past. The World Affairs Council-Washington, DC (WAC-DC) advocates a liberal arts education approach to help prepare teachers and students to be ‘global citizens’ in our diverse, multi-cultural and interconnected world.

International leaders in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education movement also believe that educators and students in the 21st century must acquire knowledge of world history, geography, social studies, civics, arts, humanities, psychology, philosophy and communications to be successful in work and life, particularly in the international arena.

The WAC-DC is an institution ‘Where Learning Happens’ and it defines global education as: The ability to understand the interconnectedness of people and systems, to express cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity, to empathize with others, to maintain an open-mind, to see different perspectives, to apply knowledge of global dynamics, to practice effective problem solving skills and to communicate and work efficiently in diverse environments.

Our customized programs are focused on empowering educators, students and citizens through a ‘Knowledge Transfer’ process that is based on ten core ‘Global Education’ competencies, that can easily be infused into any existing high school or college curricula: Critical Thinking; Making Connections; Leadership Skills; Cross-Cultural Awareness; Problem-Solving Skills/Decision Making Skills; Communication Skills; Understanding Others Perspectives; Investigate the World; Understanding of Major Global Issues; and Media Literacy.

The Council is concluding the evaluation phase of a MasterCard Foundation-sponsored 2015/16 Global Education Teachers – International Exchange Program (GET-IEP) between high school teachers and students in the Washington, DC metro area and their counterparts in South Africa. What we’ve found is that only 13% of students surveyed in the US and South Africa said that they are currently getting the global education insights and knowledge they felt they needed to better understand their own nation, the global community, and how people and societies can work effectively together to develop understanding of, and mutual respect for worldwide differences. It’s through GET-IEP and other global education programs that we provide opportunities for learning and growth outside the classroom.

As future generations continue to innovate in the fields of science and technology, we must also empower them with a well-rounded understanding of our global history. Our world is increasingly globalized and more interconnected than ever before, so it is vital that our students learn about the world that surrounds them. A global education enables students to better identify problems, solutions and the vehicles for change; constructing modern ‘empires of the mind’.

Our students are inheriting a world that presents challenges, but it is also a world filled with immense opportunity. The WAC-DC is committed to providing those same kinds of opportunities for learning, through global education programs for teachers and students worldwide.

 

Tony Culley-Foster is the President and CEO of the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC. He is profiled in Who’s Who in the World; a visiting Professor in Communications at the University of Ulster; Board member of the Illinois Institute of Technology – Stuart School of Business; and is a recipient of HRH – The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award; and numerous American and international commendations for voluntary service, international education, social responsibility and contribution to peace in Northern Ireland. 

Inclusion
5 Questions with Rohini Anand, Ph.D., SVP, Corporate Responsibility & Global Chief Diversity Office, Sodexo
Rohini Anand, PhD
Rohini Anand, PhD
SVP, Corporate Responsibility &
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo

Dr. Rohini Anand, Sodexo’s Global Chief Diversity Officer, has spent her career promoting diversity and inclusion. She’s been leading the charge at Sodexo for the past thirteen years. In honor of the United Nation’s World Day for Cultural Diversity, we spoke with Dr. Anand about the challenges of promoting diversity at a company that works in 80 countries around the world.  (more…)

Health & Wellbeing Community Engagement
How Sodexo is Making it Easier for Kids to Eat Healthy
Steve Dunmore
Steve Dunmore
CEO, K-12 Schools
Sodexo North America

We know how important it is for kids to eat healthy. Parents and educators strive to ensure children have access to healthy options at home and at school — but what about in their communities?

Sodexo has partnered with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) to make sure we have healthy choices in all the food service facilities we oversee, including community venues where families spend their leisure time, such as aquariums, museums and zoos. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Public-private partnerships: The key to wellness programs that work
Steve Cox
Steve Cox
VP, Public Relations
Sodexo North America

Health isn’t something that begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. The benefits of healthy living don’t come to an end when an employee leaves work. So why should wellness programs stop at the office door?

Effective wellness programs must engage employees in every aspect of their lives. To help employees stay on the path to good health, they have to reach beyond workplace walls to help employees stay well at home and in the community.

That’s why public-private partnerships are crucial when it comes to wellness programs. When employers partner with community groups, they can work together to touch all aspects of an employee’s lifestyle, from eating a healthy breakfast to reducing stress throughout the workday to getting enough sleep at night.

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Workforce & Workplace
Welcome to the New Sodexo Insights
Jennifer Williamson
Jennifer Williamson
Senior Vice President,
Corporate Communications
Sodexo North America

I’m excited to announce that Sodexo Insights has relaunched as a new, innovative content hub sharing our experience in designing environments built to improve performance and enhance quality of life for the 15 million people that Sodexo serves in North America.

As we unroll the new SodexoInsights.com, I’d like to highlight several new features. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Eat Your Vegetables! Why Eating a Plant-Based Diet is Good for You and the Environment
Chris Weiser
Chris Weiser
Vice President,
Culinary, Sodexo North America

Everyone seems to be trying to live a healthier lifestyle.  From increasing physical activity, to practicing meditation, to consuming more mindful and sustainable foods – people are seeking information and making positive lifestyle changes to improve their health and well-being, as well as the environment. If you happen to have a millennial or a member of Generation Z in your life, then the odds are this need for information and quest to “do the right thing” may resonate even more strongly with you…there is certainly no hesitation -at least in my house- in their expressed opinions on the topic.  One easy, effective way to reach a healthier lifestyle is to adopt a plant-based diet; or perhaps you might even say a “plant forward” mindset. In the last year or so (in truth-mostly as a result of the aforementioned teenagers and young adults in my house), we have been on a mealtime journey to do just that. In that spirit, here is some information that might just give you something to think about. (more…)

Seniors Health & Wellbeing
Aligning Needs and Expectations: Best Practices for Acute Care and Senior Care Collaboration
Joe Cuticelli
Joe Cuticelli
CEO, Seniors
Sodexo North America

The desire and necessity to improve seniors’ healthcare experience presents both opportunity and motivation for improved collaboration between acute and senior care providers. Recently a roundtable brought together stakeholders from strategic and geographic aligned acute care and senior living organizations to work collaboratively together to answer the question “How can hospitals and senior living providers work better together?” (more…)

Sustainability
Fighting Climate Change: The Time for Action Is Now
Neil Barrett
Neil Barrett
Group Vice President,
Sustainable Development
Sodexo

The COP21 in Paris last December achieved a remarkable accord—for all 196 countries attending to sign the agreement is unprecedented. That’s the good news, and everyone involved should take pride in this accomplishment.

But there’s no time to rest on laurels—the accord was just the beginning.  We must ensure that action follows and is aligned with the promises of that agreement. And though, of course, governments should lead this movement, it is action by the private sector that can make the difference. (more…)

Corporate Services Workforce & Workplace
How Smarter Spaces Can Inspire Progress
Mark Bickford
Mark Bickford
President,
Corporate Services
Sodexo North America

Experts from around the world agree: the design of collective spaces can improve quality of life. From transforming a city in crisis, to opening channels that increase knowledge, and improving performance in organizations, the effective use of space can foster rejuvenation, creativity and community. Even in the face of what seems like insurmountable obstacles, the way we use and reuse space can inspire progress and instill hope for a better future. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
What’s your Game of Thrones Management Style?
Steve Cox
Steve Cox
VP, Public Relations
Sodexo North America

The TV series Game of Thrones, which returned to HBO for a sixth season on Sunday, has hooked millions of viewers with its tale of the power struggle to rule the fictional kingdom of Westeros. With hundreds of characters and about as many plot twists, it’s as much a study of personality types as it is of leadership. The main characters’ paths and struggles can mirror leadership styles we see in our workplaces. Do you recognize yourself, your managers, or your colleagues in any of the leadership types below? (Mild spoilers ahead.)

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Workforce & Workplace
The Emerging Workforce & How Demographics are Changing Business
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone
CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide
President, Sodexo North America

The workforce, in the U.S. and globally, is evolving at an unprecedented rate. With the addition of Generation Z, it will soon be five generations strong. While having access to such an extensive pool of talent is an exciting prospect for many employers, managing employees across such a broad range of demographics will require leadership to flex their styles and meet employees where they are. (more…)

Community Engagement
On Earth Day, Partner for a Purpose
Christy Cook
Christy Cook
Director,
Sustainability Performance
& Field Support
Sodexo North America

Each spring, we remind ourselves about the importance of the environment by celebrating Earth Day. It’s a day to focus our attention on preserving the earth by reducing human impact on it.

At Sodexo, we partner with our clients and suppliers to reduce, reuse and recycle. We look for organizations that help us create win-win situations, so that we have a smaller environmental footprint while helping those in need at the same time. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Surprising Super Bowl Health Risks and How to Avoid Them in Your Office
Michael Norris
Michael Norris

This Sunday, countless Americans will attend Super Bowl parties — whether they’re football fans or not. Bowl parties are notoriously unhealthy because they feature high-fat, high-calorie foods. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) calls Super Bowl Sunday the second biggest food day in the U.S., behind Thanksgiving. But there are other health risks that come from Super Bowl parties, too. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Sodexo’s Commitment to Partnership for a Healthier America: Making Progress
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone
CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide
President, Sodexo North America

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) was established in 2010 to tackle the childhood obesity crisis by transforming the marketplace and our communities. PHA works with the private sector to make healthier choices easier for busy parents and families. The group ensures that commitments made are commitments kept, by working with unbiased third parties to monitor and publicly report on the progress its partners are making. In choosing partners, PHA works with companies that want to make meaningful commitments, and that have the breadth and depth to positively impact the quality of life of both children and their families on a daily basis.

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Workforce & Workplace
The Secret to Creating a High Performance Culture: People, Progress & Partnerships
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone
CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide
President, Sodexo North America

What accounts for the difference between companies that can hit the ball out of the park and those that are merely staying in the game?  According to Swiss research and consulting firm Egon Zehnder a handful of companies enjoy superior growth and profitability because they maintain a high performance culture that drives vision, purpose, action and results.  Encouraging an organizational culture to thrive begins with openness, honesty and transparency. Everyone needs to feel a sense of inclusion and understand how their ideas and contributions positively impact organizational outcomes.

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Community Engagement
Volunteering Could Be the Missing Component to Your Workplace Success
Steve Dunmore
Steve Dunmore
CEO, K-12 Schools
Sodexo North America

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

― Winston S. Churchill

Giving back to our communities and to those in need makes our lives more meaningful. Not only do we encourage our kids to do community service while they’re in school, but many people spend weekends doing volunteer work, often through an organized group or a religious institution.

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Workforce & Workplace
Why a Balanced Motivational Style Will Elevate Employee Performance
Mia Mends
Mia Mends
CEO,
Benefits & Rewards Services
Sodexo USA

The source of an employee’s motivation can have a profound effect on the work they produce. One factor for motivation may be compensation. However, for many employees, the opportunity to apply their skills and abilities to achieve a larger goal is an important driver. Knowing that they are contributing to a positive outcome for the organization leads to greater productivity and engagement.

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Health & Wellbeing
5 Things People are Doing Right Now That Can Lead to Diabetes
Jackie Sharp
Jackie Sharp
Senior Manager,
Health & Well-Being
Sodexo North America

 

A recent JAMA study found that half of adults in the U.S. have diabetes or pre-diabetes. But what many people may not realize is that their everyday behaviors could lead to diabetes. Sodexo, as the nation’s largest employer of Registered Dietitians (RDs), is passionate about working with our clients to help prevent diabetes.  There are several habits that people are engaging in right now that could lead to diabetes. A few of these habits include:

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Inclusion
Millennials Who? Why You Need to Get to Know Generation Z
Jennifer Williamson
Jennifer Williamson
Senior Vice President,
Corporate Communications
Sodexo North America

The days of appealing to Millennials is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.  With approximately 60 million, native-born Americans, Generation Z (Gen Z) is destined to be the next disruptive force in business. Companies have already started targeting Gen Z.  In 2015 Pew Research Center calculated the Millennial generation at 75.3 million, however due to the unclear lines of division of birth year between Millennial’s and Gen Zers, there is a slight overlap in population causing Millennials to appear larger than reality. So who exactly falls into the Gen Z category?  Opinions differ, but most studies agree that Gen Zer’s were born after 1995.  To better understand the impact Gen Z will have on future business, we must first learn what has shaped their values, behaviors and ideals.

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Inclusion
Making Gender Balanced Leadership a Reality
Sophie Bellon
Sophie Bellon
Chairwoman,
Board of Directors of the
Sodexo Group

Recently Sophie Bellon, Chairwoman of Sodexo’s Board of Directors and Lorna Donatone, CEO of Sodexo Schools Worldwide and President of Sodexo North America, were interviewed on the impact of women in leadership at the 2016 Women’s Foodservice Forum Leadership Conference. The article below is a preface, written by Chairwoman Bellon, for the book: Men, Women, Leadership: A User Guide by Valérie Petit & Sarah Saint-Michel.

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Sustainability
Food Donation Can Significantly Reduce Hunger in Local Communities
Bob Stern
Bob Stern
President,
Sodexo Foundation and
Group General Counsel,
Sodexo

The holiday season can be a great time to reflect upon the many blessings for which we are thankful: nutritious food, the gift of friends and family and good health. But it can be a difficult time for those in need, especially for the 48 million people dealing with hunger. Using food responsibly and donating excess food can help make the holiday season more plentiful and hunger-free for all.

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Workforce & Workplace
Creating The Lab of the Future: A Shift Toward Agility, Flexibility and Efficiency
Michael Norris
Michael Norris

This is the eighth in a continuing blog series based on insights and findings from the Sodexo 2016 Workplace Trends Report. The Report examines nine key trends impacting business outcomes and affecting the quality of life of employees and consumers in the workplace. To learn more, access the full article: Creating The Lab of the Future: A Shift Toward Agility, Flexibility, and Efficiency

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Community Engagement
Jordan Spieth’s Masters Meltdown Can Teach Us How to Handle a Bad Day at the Office
Steve Cox
Steve Cox
VP, Public Relations
Sodexo North America

On Sunday, golfer Danny Willet of England earned his first Masters win at Augusta National. It was a great day for Willet, whose wife had given birth to the couple’s first child just twelve days before.

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Workforce & Workplace
Spring Awakening: Refresh Your Workplace
Jennifer Williamson
Jennifer Williamson
Senior Vice President,
Corporate Communications
Sodexo North America

After the doldrums of winter, spring is a time for change and renewal. That’s why it’s this time of year when many of us think about spring cleaning — getting rid of the old to make way for the new. In the office, spring cleaning can mean clearing off your desk so you can be more organized, or it could mean wrapping up those lingering projects so you can devote your attention to creating new ones. It’s a great time for leaders to help employees refresh their workspaces and re-engage with their work. It could make both you and your employees happier, healthier and more productive.

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Community Engagement
Education is the Promise of a Future
Dan Pelino
Dan Pelino

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Inclusion
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Rohini Anand, PhD
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Workforce & Workplace
Seven Ways to Reclaim Your Focus at Work
Gerri Mason Hall
Gerri Mason Hall
SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer
Sodexo North America

In the modern workplace the feeling of being overwhelmed is the new normal.  And it only gets worse when we don’t organize our thoughts, projects and to-do lists. From the most senior leaders to the frontline staff, we simply don’t take the time to get organized because we’re too busy (and maybe also because we’re using being “busy” as an excuse).  The stress resulting from this only grows and grows, eventually forcing us to face it at its most demanding peaks.  This is by no means mentally, emotionally or physically healthy.  But with the right amount of focus, it is completely preventable.

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Health & Wellbeing
Population Health Management: A New Business Model for a Healthier Workforce
Nebeyou Abebe
Nebeyou Abebe
Senior Director,
Health & Well-Being
Sodexo North America

This is the first in a continuing blog series based on insights and findings from the Sodexo 2016 Workplace Trends Report. The Report examines nine key trends impacting business outcomes and affecting the quality of life of employees and consumers in the workplace. To learn more, access the full article Population Health Management: A New Business Model for a Healthier Workforce.

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Corporate Services Workforce & Workplace
Humanizing the Workplace: Using Design Principles to Inspire Workplace Thinking
Melinda Gorgenyi
Melinda Gorgenyi
VP, Integrated Facilities Management
Sodexo North America.

This is the sixth in a continuing blog series based on insights and findings from the Sodexo 2016 Workplace Trends Report. The Report examines nine key trends affecting business outcomes and the quality of life of employees and consumers. To learn more, access the full article authored by Thomas Stat, COO of IA Collaborative, Humanizing the Workplace: Using Design Principles to Inspire Workplace Thinking

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Seniors Health & Wellbeing
Creating a Health and Well-Being Culture: What Hospitals and Senior Communities Can Do
Joe Cuticelli
Joe Cuticelli
CEO, Seniors
Sodexo North America

Recently stakeholders from strategic and geographic aligned acute care and senior living organizations came together to work collaboratively to answer the question “How can hospitals and senior living providers work better together?” Attendees of The Role of Acute Care and Senior Living in an Integrated Healthcare Delivery System Roundtable, were eager to collaborate, knowing the results could be significant. As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, acute care hospitals and senior living providers are grappling with new realities: our elders are living longer and want to live healthier, while the government is challenging providers to do more with less. Acute and senior living providers can make a difference in quality of life when we collaborate to create a health and well-being culture in our communities, one that reduces the need for hospital admissions. For example:

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Community Engagement
Participating in a Year of Service Can Pay Huge Dividends for Future Career
Montelongo
Montelongo

“Every generation blames the one before, and all of their frustrations are beating on your door.”

The Living Years, Mike & the Mechanics

Idealism is the defining characteristic of youth and it has many expressions. Many young people yearn to do something meaningful to help others and to fix society’s myriad problems. The Peace Corps is an example of a successful effort aimed at channeling young Americans’ passion and energy to create positive change in our world. There are many other programs, like Teach for America and City Year, that provide the opportunity for young Americans to do service, but the U.S. has never developed a major nationwide initiative or campaign that has truly transformed how we think about national service in our country and how it can improve the quality of life for both U.S. citizens and people globally. Until now.

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Community Engagement
Empowering Educators and Students to Lead
Michael Norris
Michael Norris

Technology has rapidly increased globalization creating a worldwide system of integration the likes of which we have never seen or experienced before in history.  In the past, countries and their economies could be nearly 100% self-sufficient. But technology has now enabled ideas, products, services, people and knowledge to transfer around the world, linking economies and nations and making them both interconnected and interdependent.

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Workforce & Workplace
Create Your Own Professional Development Road Map
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone
CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide
President, Sodexo North America

We all arrive in the workplace with our own unique set of skills and strengths. To develop your career, you have to develop those skillsets and add new ones. But because each person’s background is different, there’s no single path for professional development that’s right for everyone. What you need to focus on to get to the next level in your career may not be the same thing your colleague needs. You have to develop a unique strategy that’s right for you.

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Health & Wellbeing
Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference to Your Heart Health
Jackie Sharp
Jackie Sharp
Senior Manager,
Health & Well-Being
Sodexo North America

February is American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle by making small changes and incorporating more heart-healthy behaviors that can lead to better heart health. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in America. It’s a chronic disease that many are genetically predisposed to have, but there is a lot you can do — and help your employees do — to delay or prevent it.

In fact, discussions about cardiovascular health belong in the workplace as much as they belong in the doctor’s office. Researchers suspect there are links between stress — often work-related stress — and heart disease. Stress can not only raise blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease, but it can also lead to other unhealthy behaviors, like inactivity, high cholesterol or smoking.

Here are a few ways you can encourage employees to reduce stress and stay heart-healthy.

Fitness

Let’s start with the basics: Eating well and exercising are two of the best things you can do to keep your heart healthy. (After all, it’s called “cardio” for a reason.)

Getting your heart-rate up tends to release endorphins and reduce stress. New research shows that those who are fitter are more likely to survive if they do have a heart attack, and the same study suggests that fitter people are less likely to have heart attacks in the first place. Exercise and good nutrition also help protect against obesity, which leads to high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) a risk factor for heart problems or stroke.

Many workplaces have fitness programs or on-site gyms to make it easier for employees to get exercise — some even reward them with perks for using them. Even if you don’t have access to these amenities, offices can offer standing desks, encourage employees to go for walks during the day, or even have active meetings to get employees moving.

Sleep

A 2011 study linked poor sleep to a type of inflammation that’s a sign of heart disease. Those with sleep apnea also increase their risk of high blood pressure, which can cause heart attack and stroke. And not getting enough sleep has been linked to weight gain, another risk factor for heart disease.

As an employer, one thing you can do to help your employees get more rest is build flexibility into their schedules. We’ve written in the past about how employees who telecommute or have a flexible schedule get better sleep. It’s not just healthier; it makes them more productive at work, too.

Food & Chocolate

The American Heart Association recommends eating an overall healthy dietary pattern that emphasizes:

Chocolate – You don’t want to overdo this one (cardiovascular disease is also linked to obesity after all), but a small amount of chocolate may help your heart. Some studies have found that the flavanols, the chemical compounds found in cocoa beans, can reduce blood pressure.

Chocolate is made from cocoa beans, which are actually seeds from the fruit of the cacao tree. Chocolate’s health benefits come from flavanols, antioxidants found in the cocoa bean. Other foods rich in flavanols include red wine, tea, onions, peanuts, berries, apples, and cranberries.

Dark chocolate may provide health benefits, but even small amounts still add calories, fat, and sugar to your diet. Choose at least 70% dark chocolate and eat only about 1oz/day.

How are you planning to promote cardiovascular health in your workplace this month?  Please tell us in the comments.

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Jackie Sharp is the Senior Manager of Health & Well-Being for Sodexo North America responsible for guiding Sodexo’s commitment to programs, initiatives and partnerships that improve health and well-being for individuals, organizations and communities. Jackie is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian who specializes in corporate wellness, sports nutrition and physical fitness.

 

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