April 2017
Schools
Kids in the Kitchen
Steve Dunmore
Steve Dunmore

CEO, K-12 Schools

Sodexo North America

Did you know that what your children eat today can have a lasting impact on their health and well-being for a lifetime? Eating healthy, nutritious food is not only important for a child’s normal growth and development, but can also help them maintain a healthy weight and lead to a better quality of life. (more…)

Universities
Promoting Physical Safety Programs and Education on College Campuses
Barry Telford
Barry Telford

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

Often a stepping stone from childhood to young adulthood, college acts as a safe environment in which students can explore life beyond high school before entering the workforce. As these students anticipate a taste of independence, many of their parents face the confusion and discomfort associated with preparing their child for the next phase of their life. The college experience, albeit one of the most transformative experiences for young adults, can be a scary and intimidating journey for parents as they consider their students’ safety on campus. Our job is to build an environment which not only creates convenience for parents and students but also serves as a safe, comfortable place for students to learn and grow. (more…)

Government
Ready Before We Are – Semper Fi
Deborah Roberts
Deborah Roberts

CEO Government Services, Sodexo

Sixty-four years ago, Congress declared that “The Marine Corps must be the most ready when the nation is generally least ready.” The years since have seen that proven out many times over. Marines are the first to respond in times of crisis all over the world, and their excellence is legendary. In 2016 alone, the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) executed approximately 185 operations, 140 security cooperation events with our partners and allies, and 65 major exercises. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Three Quality of Lifehacks to Spring Clean Your Diet
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

Spring is the season to rejuvenate your home, your body, and your health.  And just as we refresh our homes and our wardrobes after a long, cold winter, we can do the same for our diets.  Here are 3 Quality of Lifehacks to get started on spring-cleaning your diet.

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Seniors
When Culture Matters Most
Joe Cuticelli
Joe Cuticelli

CEO, Seniors

Sodexo North America

Those of us associated with senior living often receive several industry newsletters every morning. They almost always include the latest on the hottest topic — staffing, specifically the challenges faced in hiring, training and retaining committed employees to care for residents.

The situation is serious; LeadingAge statistics show that the average employee turnover at Life Plan Communities is 42 percent. National senior living research firm Holleran conducted a study that revealed the average new employee’s “honeymoon period” lasts about a year, Senior Housing News reported.  After that, things get challenging and retention falters. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Baseball is Back: Here Are Three Quality of LifeHacks from the Baseball Field
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

As April rolls in, baseball is getting into in full swing. Whether you enjoy casually watching your favorite teams on the big screen, or you just go to the games for the food and fun, there are several business lessons you can learn from America’s favorite pastime.  Like business, baseball is a game of strategy and planning. In a single inning anything can happen, and each play comes with an element of unpredictability. So how do teams and coaches make informed decisions? And what can you learn from their strategies? Here are three business lessons you can learn from baseball. (more…)

Inclusion
Bringing Out the Best from Each Generation
Suzanne Greenlee
Suzanne Greenlee

Director, HR and Benefits,
Sodexo Employee Benefits and
Chair of i-Gen

With generation Z poised to enter the workforce and baby boomers beginning to leave it, workplace demographics are changing. To anticipate the shift, companies need to make sure all employees feel valued for their contributions and  encouraged to bring their unique sets of experiences and perspectives to the workplace.

Gensler’s research found that understanding commonalities and an integrated system of environment, tools and policies will allow organizations to develop specific workplace strategies to bring out the best from each generation.

Here are few tips to ensure each generation brings their best to the workplace: (more…)

Inclusion
How Diversity Powers the Power Rangers
Dawnita Wilson
Dawnita Wilson

Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion
Sodexo

The Power Rangers, the children’s television staple that launched in 1993, is the story of five young people trained to fight the forces of evil—all while wearing colorful costumes. But for an entire generation, it was much more than that. It was one of the few representations of a racially diverse team on television. (more…)

Seniors
Quality of Life is Not One Size Fits All When it Comes to Experienced Adults
David Boyd Williams
David Boyd Williams

Director of Global Diversity,

Sodexo

For some seniors, quality of life is not only a function of how they measure enjoyment and fulfillment in life; it is also about how they believe they are perceived by society in general. Questions such as, “Do you see me as someone over the hill or someone with wisdom and experience?” now punctuate the public sphere. How can the experience of seniors be seen as a value to both their own quality of life and that of those around them? Rather than being seen through a narrow lens, the seniors industry has an opportunity to enhance society’s understanding of the significant experiences that older adults offer.

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Workforce & Workplace
Redefining the Workplace Experience
Emerson Foster
Emerson Foster

Vice President, Human Resources,
Corporate Services
Sodexo North America

In the past, workplaces were designed with the employer in mind. The goal was to get the most productivity out of each employee—often without taking into account the quality of those employees lives. But as a new generation enters the workforce, ideas about how to keep employees productive are changing. We now know that employee engagement boosts productivity over the long term and that creativity keeps companies competitive in a changing world. As a result, workplace design is evolving to put the employee experience first. (more…)

Community Engagement
Childcare critical to military families
William French
William French

Vice Adm., USN, (Ret),
President | CEO, Armed Services YMCA

“If you close tomorrow because of the snow, I won’t be able to go to work.”

“I haven’t had a single break since my husband deployed.”

“I missed another appointment because I didn’t have anyone to watch the kids.”

At the Armed Services YMCA we have heard these and many other examples of why childcare is so important. It can especially make a huge difference in the lives of our young military families. We offer many programs designed to help meet the challenges of military life, but few are as needed as childcare. (more…)

Sustainability
Waste is a Wonderful Thing to Mind
Pete Witkowski
Pete Witkowski

Senior Vice President of Operations,
Corporate Services segment,
Sodexo North America

Waste is a crucial issue for businesses; reducing waste doesn’t just prevent pollution and conserve energy, it saves companies money.  This is especially evident in the food service industry, where billions of dollars are lost due to food waste.  It’s very clear that waste reduction isn’t just about sustainability; it’s a business imperative.

To see an impact—both on savings and sustainability—businesses should take a hard look at their supply chains, and determine how they can save money every step of the way. Good waste reduction strategies take into account how food is sourced, prepared and produced, as well as what’s done with any unavoidable waste created.  Here are some strategies to help your organization reduce waste: (more…)

Universities Health & Wellbeing
What’s behind the headlines? Separating health and nutrition facts from fiction
Beth Winthrop
Beth Winthrop

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

In today’s media-saturated world, information about health and nutrition is everywhere. But while we have access to more reliable information about nutrition than ever, there are also many scientifically questionable or even false claims presented as fact. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to sort out truths from falsehoods.

One such questionable source is the website “Is It Bad for You?”  This site publishes health and nutrition reviews of food products, restaurants and a variety of products and services.

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Inclusion
Equal Pay Day: 50 Years in the Making
Sodexo
Sodexo

Back in June, 1963 when President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, there was a clear goal: Make it illegal to pay a woman less than a man for doing the same job, under the same conditions, with the same level of experience, requiring the same skill, effort, and responsibility.  Despite its good intentions, the law still hasn’t solved the problem—even after 54 years.

Since then, the issue has become muddied in politics. Selecting April 4th as “Equal Pay Day” is meant to represent how many more weeks a woman must work to catch up to what her male counterpart earned in the previous year. Social and traditional media are full of inspirational stories and calls to action, but also stories that take issue with the arithmetic that led us to this day. And that controversy is exactly why the issue of gender pay equality remains an issue more than half a century later, and why today it’s critical for Americans to stop and think about the work that still needs to be done. (more…)

Universities
Beyond the Books: Creating a Campus Community
Barry Telford
Barry Telford

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

For students, the college experience is a pivotal time of growth. Not only are these individuals learning new concepts and theories through their studies, many are also taking that first initial jump from childhood to adulthood as they navigate life with an increased sense of independence. Whether these students live on campus or commute from home, their experience at college shapes their first impression of life beyond the books. Because of this, providing the foundation for a robust campus community not only enhances the student experience but improves students’ quality of life.  (more…)