July 2017
Community Engagement
Fighting hunger on college campuses
Shondra Jenkins
Shondra Jenkins

Executive Director,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

Many of us assume that the most pressing food issue on college campus is student nutrition.  We think of college as a culture of late-night ramen and pizza. But we often forget that many college students don’t have enough to eat at all.

In fact, as many as two out of three students at community colleges are food insecure, according to a March 2017 report from Wisconsin’s HOPE Lab that was sponsored by the Association of Community College Trustees. (more…)

Quality of Lifehacks
Celebrating the Small Wins: Three Quality of Lifehacks for Improving Employee Recognition
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

One of the most powerful – and least expensive – ways companies can improve employee engagement and commitment is to say a simple “thank you”. The top reason Americans leave their jobs is that they don’t feel appreciated, according to Gallup. Employees, in another study, were asked what leaders could do to improve engagement, 58 percent replied, “give recognition,”

A good recognition program can increase productivity, reduce turnover and enhance job satisfaction. Recognition can be formal with planned, structured programs. But often, the most valued form of recognition is informal, spontaneous and personal. (more…)

Quality of Lifehacks
Three Quality of Lifehacks to Incorporate More Superfoods in Your Diet
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

Are superfoods like kale, acai berry and pomegranate the answer to a healthy diet?  Popularly defined as a food rich in nutrients that offers health benefits, you may be surprised to learn that there is no official list or scientific criteria for the term superfood.  And while most are very healthy, it is unrealistic to expect one or two foods to significantly improve health or prevent disease, especially when eaten as part of an already poor diet. (more…)

Seniors
Facilitating the Human Connection Where it Matters Most
Joe Cuticelli
Joe Cuticelli

CEO, Seniors

Sodexo North America

I recently returned from a trip to Japan to see first-hand the role robotics play in senior living communities. While robots are a growing topic throughout the North American seniors’ industry, Japan’s rapidly expanding elderly population and corresponding caregiver shortage has accelerated the technology.

In her 2014 paper published by Brookings, “How Humans Respond to Robots: Building Public Policy through Good Design,” Heather Knight discusses why she believes robotics will become an accepted part of daily life. (more…)

Schools
How to decrease sodium and increase flavor in school breakfasts and lunches
Chef Michael Morris
Chef Michael Morris

Executive Chef, Sodexo
Putnam City Schools

Five years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture enacted new, science-based nutrition standards for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. These standards were the first major changes to school lunches in 15 years, and they do much to improve the nutrition of the meals served to children all over the country.

For those of us who create and serve meals at schools, this offered a new opportunity. We were challenged to come up with new ways to create healthy food that would still appeal to the palates of all kinds of children, including those with allergies or special dietary requirements. (more…)

Quality of Lifehacks
Three Quality of Lifehacks for Safe Summer Grilling
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

Now that it’s the height of summer, many of us will be regularly lighting up the grill while spending quality time with family and friends. A 2016 poll reported that 75 percent of U.S. adults own a grill or smoker. In fact, during the Fourth of July weekend, Americans consumed over one-hundred and fifty hot dogs alone, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

While our summer cookouts are all in good fun, it’s important to take certain safety precautions as the temperature heats up. Here are three hacks to stay safe during your next grill. (more…)

Corporate Services
Agile Organizations: The Balance of Speed and Stability
Marie-Hélène Sicard
Marie-Hélène Sicard

Vice President,
Marketing and Strategic Planning
Corporate Services,
Sodexo North America

The past few decades have seen unprecedented changes in technology and society. In fact, it seems that in business, the only constant is change.

Today’s top-performing organizations aren’t those that are doing business the way they have for a century, but rather those that adapt and respond quickly to change. These organizations are often called “agile” because they are nimble, responsive and quick to adapt to new technology—and are often some of the earliest to do so. Agile organizations recognize the world is evolving and changing. They work across cultures, borders, and workplaces and quickly move to market. (more…)