October 2017
Executive Commentary
What Every Chef Knows & Every Business Needs to Learn
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone
CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide
President, Sodexo North America

Chefs often say the first thing they learn in the kitchen is how to avoid waste. Today, one chef is bringing attention to the staggering problem of large-scale waste: Anthony Bourdain with his new movie, “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste.” (more…)

Seniors
Three Quality of Lifehacks to Creating a Comfortable Space for Seniors
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

The world’s senior population is continuing to grow fast. The United Nations projects that by 2030 the global senior population will grow to 1.4 billion. With this growing population, the number of people impacted by an age-related disease or health condition will significantly increase. For example, more than 90 percent of adults have a deficit in at least one of their five senses, according to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. (more…)

Seniors
The Five Senses Matter for Quality of Life
Marc Plumart
Marc Plumart
Global CEO - Seniors Segment
Sodexo

We get all of our information about the world around us through our five senses, but as we age our senses often diminish. It’s not just that we lose our hearing or have worsened eyesight. Senses of touch, taste and smell can weaken as well. These sensory changes alter the way we experience the world and ultimately impact quality of life. (more…)

Community Engagement
A South Bronx Sodexo Summer
Stephen Ritz
Stephen Ritz
South Bronx teacher,
Founder of Green Bronx Machine

Now that I’m well into back-to-school mode and looking towards the future, I can’t help but reflect on our amazing South Bronx Sodexo Summer. A summer when twenty children from the largest stretch of public housing in the poorest congressional district in America chose to come together to: (more…)

Inclusion
Closing the Disability Employment Gap
Dawnita Wilson
Dawnita Wilson
Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion
Sodexo

People with Disabilities are among the highest unemployed populations in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for persons with a disability was 10.5 percent in 2016, about twice that of those with no disability (4.6 percent). As employers, this not only provides a significant opportunity to positively impact the workforce, but also, to positively impact the lives of many highly qualified individuals who are often overlooked. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Recognition: A Key Dimension for Employee Quality of Life
Ivor MacGregor
Ivor MacGregor
VP, Onshore & Mining,
Energy & Resources
Sodexo

It’s estimated that disengaged workers cost the Canadian business economy over $350 billion annually in lost productivity. According to the Management Journal’s semi-annual Employee Engagement Index, approximately 60 percent of employees are not engaged, 15 percent are actively disengaged at work and only 25 percent are actively engaged. Why are these statistics important to businesses and economic growth? To remain competitive and grow as a business, organizations must stay focused on winning the talent war by hiring talented people and proactively working to keep them. Turnover costs are high — and not just in terms of replacement expense.  It can also cost your company in productivity, and it’s demoralizing to other team members when they see good people leaving the organization. (more…)

Universities
Helping Campus Partners Demonstrate the Value of Exceptional College Experiences
Barry Telford
Barry Telford
CEO, Universities West,
Sodexo North America
President, Sodexo Canada

From the kitchen table to the political stage, the ever-increasing cost to attend college has become a hot topic of discussion. As costs have risen, students have taken on more and more student loan debt and other forms of financial liability to finance their education. Adding to the apprehension, many of these students face an uncertain job market after graduation, making it difficult to manage living expenses and student loan payments. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Three Quality of Lifehacks for Incorporating Fitness into your Workday
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

As the weather starts to cool and we start seeing less sun each day, encouraging yourself to work out before or after work becomes harder and harder. (more…)