January 2017
Workforce & Workplace Sustainability
Quality of LifeHacks for Keeping Your Energy Costs Low in the Workplace
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

Winter brings long nights, cold temperatures—and high energy bills. All of that artificial heat and light uses up energy resources and costs a lot.

While we’re often focused on not running up our heating bills at home, it’s just as important to be aware of skyrocketing costs at the office. Here are a few areas to focus on when cutting costs. (more…)

Universities
Three Ways to Lessen the Impact of Mental Illness on College Students
Barry Telford
Barry Telford

CEO, Universities West,
Sodexo North America
President, Sodexo Canada

The transition from high school to college, for many, is both a daunting and exciting journey. As parents, we view this opportunity as a means to a beginning – encouraging our children to discover self-sufficiency without expecting them to be fully independent. Surprisingly, 2016 statistics show a steady increase in mental illness among college students, a derivative of this newfound independence and the pressure that comes with it. Knowing the signs and following the advice outlined by professionals in the field sets the foundation for beating mental illness among college students. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Three Quality of Lifehacks for Creating a Fun Work Environment
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

Most of us spend at least half of our waking hours at work, so why not make it fun?  In fact, research has shown that creating a feeling of optimism and happiness at work can improve employee performance. A survey of HR managers showed that the majority encourages fun at work because they believe it benefits both the individual and the organization. (more…)

Universities
Hunger on Campus: College Students Facing Food Insecurity
Jim Jenkins
Jim Jenkins

CEO, Universities East,
Sodexo North America

Food insecurity on campus is often an unmentionable topic. Many assume that, while enrolled in college, students’ needs are entirely met through financial assistance programs such as financial aid. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. With the cost of public and private universities on the rise, some college students are left to suffer silently while the issue of food insecurity remains a subject of little discussion.  (more…)

Universities
Helping Students Overcome Personal Obstacles to Academic Success
Barry Telford
Barry Telford

CEO, Universities West,
Sodexo North America
President, Sodexo Canada

College can be a stressful time for many students. They often face greater demands, expectations and workloads than in high school. It is also the first time many have been on their own and away from familiar support networks such as friends, family and their local community. The stress of a new environment, lack of familiarity and heightened academic demands can take its toll on a student’s well-being and potentially have a significant impact on their performance and ability to succeed. The transition can be even more challenging for students who must deal with issues that go beyond academics – issues that can have a significant impact on their overall achievement. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace Quality of Lifehacks
Three Quality of LifeHacks for Mentoring Millennials
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

Do there seem to be an awful lot of twenty and thirtysomethings walking around your office these days? Millennials are now the largest generation in the U.S. workforce—they passed Generation X in 2015, according to the Pew Research Center.

 

With so many Millennials in the workforce, developing their talent is important to every organization’s future. Here are a few tips on how to effectively mentor this unique generation.

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Quality of Lifehacks
Three Quality of Lifehacks to Spruce up Your Workspace
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

This past Monday was National Clean Off Your Desk Day. Although this “holiday” might feel a little made-up, it’s still a good excuse to begin the New Year with a clean and organized workspace. Whether or not you buy into this observance, research shows that your workspace impacts your job satisfaction as well as your quality of life. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Is This the Year You Should Go Gluten-Free?
Beth Winthrop
Beth Winthrop

Senior Manager, Health & Wellness
Senior Registered Dietitian,
Sodexo Universities

Thinking of going gluten-free for the New Year?  What problem are you trying to solve?  Does the December deluge of cookies, cupcakes, pies, hot rolls and stuffing have you feeling sluggish and pudgy?  Excess sugar, fat, and calories are more likely to blame than gluten.  Lean proteins, steamed vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and some exercise will help to get your waistline and digestive system back on track.  (more…)

Workforce & Workplace Quality of Lifehacks
This New Year Focus on Improving Employees Quality of Life
Emerson Foster
Emerson Foster

Vice President, Human Resources,
Corporate Services
Sodexo North America

The New Year is always an excellent time for employers to reflect on the previous year and plan for the coming year.

In doing so, it’s important to also reflect on how your company has prioritized improving employees’ quality of life. Meaning, over the past year, has your organization conducted or implemented initiatives that help employees manage their health and wellbeing? Or, made it easier for employees to manage their work responsibilities, as well as their personal ones (e.g., family care). Other factors that impact employee quality of life include the quality of their work environment, the recognition they receive, and their ability to grow and learn at work. (more…)