Workplace trends
Workforce & Workplace
The Future of Corporate Real Estate: Quality of Life Matters
Dave Kimball
Dave Kimball
Senior Vice President,
Operations, Sodexo

The corporate real estate (CRE) industry plays an increasingly important role in helping businesses enhance their workplace strategy.  This profession is instrumental in designing workplaces that impact employee engagement, performance and wellness.  These factors not only impact business results but also affect employee Quality of Life. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Population Health Management: A New Business Model for a Healthier Workforce
Nebeyou Abebe
Nebeyou Abebe
Senior Director,
Health & Well-Being
Sodexo North America

This is the first 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 Population Health Management: A New Business Model for a Healthier Workforce.

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Corporate Services Workforce & Workplace
Humanizing the Workplace: Using Design Principles to Inspire Workplace Thinking
Melinda Gorgenyi
Melinda Gorgenyi
VP, Integrated Facilities Management
Sodexo North America.

This is the sixth 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 authored by Thomas Stat, COO of IA Collaborative, Humanizing the Workplace: Using Design Principles to Inspire Workplace Thinking

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Workforce & Workplace
Happiness by Design: Office Designs that Increase Employee Happiness
Mark Bickford
Mark Bickford
President,
Corporate Services
Sodexo North America

The marketplace is flooded with articles, books and even phone apps trying to solve the question of what makes people happy. While happiness may seem like an esoteric concept, its origins are now being broken down to a science. Similarly, when it comes to employee engagement, figuring out what it takes to create a work place where employees are happy (and therefore more productive) has become a scientific pursuit of trying to find the right solutions. However, research shows that even with all the time, effort and dollars companies have spent to address employee engagement, the overall rates of employee satisfaction and happiness are still less than desirable.

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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?

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Inclusion
A Discussion between Generations
Rohini Anand, PhD
Rohini Anand, PhD
SVP, Corporate Responsibility &
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo

Millennials, the next generation of leaders, ranks quality of life – their own and others’ – highly. This defining perspective will change organizational paradigms around the world within the next decade.

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Workforce & Workplace
Whole Brain Thinking: Skills Sets for the New Conceptual Age
Mark Bickford
Mark Bickford
President,
Corporate Services
Sodexo North America

History teaches us a great deal about building a workforce that can get the job done.

As civilization progressed from the agricultural age to the industrial age to the information age, the modern workforce evolved from farmer to factory worker to knowledge worker. Over time, our focus shifted from produce to production to productivity. Today, we are moving from the information age into a service-based economy, and a whole new set of competencies are required, including the integration of soft skills with design thinking.

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Workforce & Workplace
Redefining the Family-Friendly Workplace
Rohini Anand, PhD
Rohini Anand, PhD
SVP, Corporate Responsibility &
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo

Modern technology and the expanding global economy have erased what was once a clear delineation between the demands of the office and the responsibilities of home. The pace of work combined with professional obligations routinely impose on time that was historically dedicated to family life.  The result is employees who feel stressed, frustrated and overwhelmed.

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Workforce & Workplace
What Role does Reward and Recognition Play in Overall Employee Engagement?
Mia Mends
Mia Mends
CEO,
Benefits & Rewards Services
Sodexo USA

MilliennialsEmployee engagement is essential to the success of an organization. Studies by industry experts show that engaged employees work harder, are more motivated, provide better customer service and have lower turnover rates. The bottom line — engagement has a profound effect on an organization’s performance.

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Community Engagement
The Rise of Airports as the New City Center
Mark Bickford
Mark Bickford
President,
Corporate Services
Sodexo North America

On Dec. 17, 1903, the Wright brothers successfully flew the first powered, manned airplane. The flight lasted only 12 seconds and covered just 121 feet. By the 1950’s commercial aviation took off. The increasing availability of affordable air travel considerably expanded aviation’s role in sustaining society. What was once a luxury commodity is now essential to tourism, trade and commerce. In fact, according to the International Air Transportation Association more than 8 million people travel by air every day.

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Workforce & Workplace
Is Your Organization Ready For The Year of The Employee?
Michael Norris
Michael Norris

Workplace Trends CoverOne of the essential qualities of any strong leader is the ability to continually look forward and ask the question: What’s next? The truth of the matter is that these days building a successful business is so much more than strategy and operational savvy; it’s now also about cultivating an environment where employees can thrive.

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Workforce & Workplace
Workplace Design for the Generations
Kevin Rettle
Kevin Rettle

Today’s office planning approach has come full circle, from the organizational needs of the late 20th century to the uber-individual focus of the dot.com era, to what is now a hybrid of both. Companies have long seen space as a differentiating factor in attracting talent, but with four generations, with vastly different attitudes and work styles in the place of work, companies must now re-think how space works for them.

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Workforce & Workplace
30 Jobs for 2030: Creating Jobs of the Future is Simpler Than You Think
Michael Norris
Michael Norris

We all want to hire the best and the brightest talent in the future, but what will they be doing? The 30 Jobs for 2030 trend in Sodexo’s recent Workplace Trends Report offers a real glimpse into the workplace of the future listing 30 emerging job titles that may be needed in the years ahead. Energy Harvester, Green Career Coach, Agri-Restaurateur, Chief Experience Officer or Healer may seem far-fetched, but our friends at the World Future Society say these jobs will enable companies to solve problems that may be found in the future.

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Workforce & Workplace
2014 Workplace Trends: Create your workplace of the future today
Michael Norris
Michael Norris

When reading about business trends, we tend to think about them in terms of the distant future. However, with studies showing that only 30 percent of Americans are engaged at work and billions of dollars are lost in productivity as a result, it would appear that businesses need to start looking for possible solutions now. That’s why our 2014 Workplace Trends Report is a timely, valuable tool for companies to examine ways to create a work experience where employees are energized, engaged and productive.

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