September 2017
Health & Wellbeing
When It Comes to Food Safety, It’s All About Education
Brigette Philpot
Brigette Philpot

Vice President Safety,
Sodexo

For those of us in food service, safety is the number one priority. Yes, we also love to serve healthy, delicious and creative cuisine. But when it comes right down to it: we have to start with safety.

In fact, food safety is so important that the month of September is Food Safety Month, an important time to re-focus on everything we do to keep employees and customers safe from foodborne illnesses. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
The Future Workforce: Attracting Latino and Latina Employees
Dija Ziane
Dija Ziane

Vice President,
Business Transformation – Healthcare
Sodexo

This National Hispanic Heritage Month is a chance to learn more about the contributions that Hispanic and Latino Americans have made to our country — and about the contributions they’re poised to make in the future. (more…)

Diversity
WHY HAVEN’T WE BROKEN THE GLASS?
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone

CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide President,
Sodexo North America

Gender equity in business should not be an issue.

This country has more women with secondary degrees than men. Close to half of the labor force is female. In my thirty-year career, I’ve witnessed a sea change in attitude about women in the workplace.

And yet, it is a problem. Glass ceilings are real. We can break them, but first we have to ask ourselves why they exist and why companies motivated to support change end up with lopsided leadership. (more…)

Community Engagement
What’s Stronger Than Monster Hurricanes?
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone

CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide President,
Sodexo North America

The natural disasters this hurricane season are leaving damage, both physical and emotional. Even as those most affected mourn and rebuild, they are bracing for more storms.

Amid the chaos, as our teams have been among the thousands in danger along each of the storms’ paths, I feel deep gratitude. Hurricane Harvey, Irma and their kin may be monsters, but they are no match for the human spirit. (more…)

Schools
Three Quality of Lifehacks to Teach Your Child(ren) to Cook
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

Today is National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day. In most cultures, learning to cook from your parents is a natural part of growing up. It may be connected to a holiday or religious tradition or simply a weekly dinner for a big family with deep ties to its heritage. But for many of us, that tradition sadly takes a back seat to the rigors of our daily existence. Cooking with the kids would be nice, but on a busy school night, dinner is just another chore to check off the list. (more…)

Universities
Data Analytics: Leveraging Insights to Drive Program Innovation
Jonathan Preciado
Jonathan Preciado

Director of Consumer Insights and
Quality of Life Research,
Sodexo Universities

Data analytics has changed the way we view operations, performance, and student outcomes. As Southern New Hampshire University President Paul L. LeBlanc, mentions in the latest chapter of President to President, “Engineering a 21st Century Higher Educational Model:  Guidelines for Leading the Work,” understanding data can be an important step in meeting the needs and expectations of today’s students. Through Sodexo’s interactions with students, educators, and campus administrators, we have seen firsthand how analytics can change the way an institution operates. Taking this idea a step further, data analytics can enable us to design experiences in a way that will have a meaningful impact on student outcomes.   (more…)

Schools
Back to School: The ABC’s of Changes to School Meals
Richard Hill
Richard Hill

VP Marketing
Schools, Sodexo North America

With over 30 million students eating at least one meal at school each day, schools not only offer an opportunity for children to enjoy nourishing food but also a chance to learn healthy eating habits and important social skills.  Meals served through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program are required to be healthy and nutritious, and they got even healthier in 2012 when new guidelines were implemented as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, requiring cafeterias limit calories, sodium and unhealthy fats, and offer more whole grains, fruits and vegetables in every meal. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Three quality of life hacks to recognize employees for Labor Day
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

The Labor Day holiday has come to represent many things beyond the original vision put forth by union leaders in the nineteenth century. For some, it represents one final dash to the beach for an end-of-summer celebration. Maybe it’s a small town parade with marching Cub Scouts and glad-handing politicians. For others it’s the perfect opportunity to replace an aging washing machine thanks to a “Biggest Labor Day Sale EVER!” None of these things are bad, in fact they have become part of the rituals we’ve come to enjoy each September. (more…)