employee performance
Corporate Services Workforce & Workplace
How Smarter Spaces Can Inspire Progress
Mark Bickford
Mark Bickford
President,
Corporate Services
Sodexo North America

Experts from around the world agree: the design of collective spaces can improve quality of life. From transforming a city in crisis, to opening channels that increase knowledge, and improving performance in organizations, the effective use of space can foster rejuvenation, creativity and community. Even in the face of what seems like insurmountable obstacles, the way we use and reuse space can inspire progress and instill hope for a better future. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
The Secret to Creating a High Performance Culture: People, Progress & Partnerships
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone
CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide
President, Sodexo North America

What accounts for the difference between companies that can hit the ball out of the park and those that are merely staying in the game?  According to Swiss research and consulting firm Egon Zehnder a handful of companies enjoy superior growth and profitability because they maintain a high performance culture that drives vision, purpose, action and results.  Encouraging an organizational culture to thrive begins with openness, honesty and transparency. Everyone needs to feel a sense of inclusion and understand how their ideas and contributions positively impact organizational outcomes.

(more…)

Corporate Services Workforce & Workplace
Big Data in the Workplace: Can it Enhance Employee Productivity and Quality Of Life?
Mark Bickford
Mark Bickford
President,
Corporate Services
Sodexo North America

This is the third in a continuing blog series based on insights and findings from the Sodexo 2016 Workplace Trends Report. The Report examines nine key trends affecting business outcomes and the quality of life of employees and consumers. To learn more, access the full article: Big Data in the Workplace : Can it Enhance Employee Productivity and Quality of Life?

(more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Adapting Your Business to New Urban Communities
Jeff Moore
Jeff Moore
Vice President, Strategy,
Sodexo North America &
Former Marine Veteran

This is the second in a continuing blog series based on insights and findings from the Sodexo 2016 Workplace Trends Report. The Report examines nine key trends impacting business outcomes and affecting the quality of life of employees and consumers in the workplace. To learn more, access the full article: Stories of Urban Transformation: The Rise of 18-Hour Work/Live Communities.

(more…)

Inclusion
Turning a Diverse Workforce into Your Best Competitive Advantage
Rolddy Leyva
Rolddy Leyva

The rapidly expanding global economy has prompted the growth of work teams comprised of individuals from diverse backgrounds with different values, experiences, perspectives, knowledge, and skills. Greater diversity in the workforce can positively impact organizational outcomes, including performance. Understanding the advantages of workforce diversity helps you establish an organization with a competitive edge. But companies can only fully leverage the power of their diverse employees by creating comprehensive, thoughtful and fully integrated diversity and inclusion initiatives that encourage engagement and align with the ultimate goals of the business. Creating an environment where inclusion is the expectation and people feel welcome, safe and able to contribute fully will result in heightened innovation, increased productivity and greater organizational effectiveness.

(more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Little Ideas are the Secret to Big Innovation
George Chavel
George Chavel

Innovation. It’s one of those buzzy business words you hear in commercials for cars or even vacuum cleaners or perhaps read in full-page ads printed in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. But what does it really mean to innovate in 2015?

(more…)

Sustainability
Nature-Friendly Workspaces Benefit Employees and Business
Jason Richards
Jason Richards
VP, Energy & Construction Services
Sodexo North America

Sustainable work spaces are becoming more prominent.  Investing in sustainability benefits business, employees and the environment; it’s a win-win. By recognizing the value in sustainability, innovative companies can improve the health and well-being of their workforce—while supporting business goals.

(more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Flexibility at Work is Key to a More Rested, Productive Workforce
Nebeyou Abebe
Nebeyou Abebe
Senior Director,
Health & Well-Being
Sodexo North America

Given employees’ busy and demanding lives, sleep is a necessity—but its importance is all too often overlooked. Getting enough sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind and more. Yet, it is estimated that around 30% of adults don’t get enough sleep. According to a 2008 National Sleep Foundation poll, almost a third of American employees report that daytime sleepiness interferes with their daily activities at least a few days each month. In fact, sleep loss affects so many adults that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled insufficient sleep a public health epidemic.

(more…)

Community Engagement
Exploring the New Frontier in Performance
George Chavel
George Chavel

Life was very different back in 1966. War was raging in Vietnam. Rock and roll was revolutionizing music, and the U.S. was in a race with the USSR to land a man on the moon. And all of the best dressed men and women were wearing patterned pants, flowered shirts and boots. I guess some things are better left in the past!

(more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Can Employers Foster Better Employee Camaraderie?
Steve Dunmore
Steve Dunmore
CEO, K-12 Schools
Sodexo North America

Check out any recent employee engagement survey and the news is the same—engagement is at all all-time low. Both APA and Aon recently released studies that indicate employees are feeling stressed and disengaged from their work. Much of this can be attributed to challenging work environments with employees being asked to do more with fewer resources. So how can employers begin to reenergize and reengage their workforces?

(more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Organizations That Alleviate Job-Related Stress Can Boost Employee Performance
Rohini Anand, PhD
Rohini Anand, PhD
SVP, Corporate Responsibility &
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo

While stress is an unavoidable consequence of modern life, the number one cause of stress is work according to Statistic Brain. Numerous surveys and studies confirm that job-related pressures and fears are far and away the leading source of stress for most people.

(more…)