On this, St.Patrick’s Day, when all things green are celebrated, and everybody is Irish, it seems appropriate to share some insight about Origin Green, Ireland’s National Sustainability Plan for the entire Irish food and drink industry, and how Sodexo is engaging in this innovative programme.
The results from the latest Sodexo University Lifestyle survey have now been published and as the first one to be completed with all respondents paying £9,000 in annual tuition fees it makes some interesting reading.
This Fairtrade Fortnight we at Sodexo are playing host to Franceska Salazar Hilacondo, a Peruvian coffee farmer, who is visiting several of our sites to talk about the importance of Fairtrade to support the livelihoods of coffee farmers in Peru.
It seems many business leaders are able to link productivity improvements to profits. It’s interesting to note 75% of all companies’ growth in the UK from 1998 to 2007 has come from productivity improvements. A recent article in the Harvard Business Review established a link between improved engagement and improved productivity. So the formula works like this:
Yesterday was the annual Workplace Futures conference. It’s one of the ‘must-attend’ events on the FM industry calendar and I was excited by this year’s theme: ‘FM: Agent of Change’. The content of the day was great, some excellent speakers and some fantastic case studies focussing on how we as an industry can, and are already, creating change in the workplace.
With Hollywood in the midst of awards’ season activities I’ve been thinking about the importance of recognition and the value that rewarding a job well done can have not just on an individual, but on an entire industry or organisation.
Last week we launched our new Student Board of Directors project. As a leading supplier of catering and accommodation services to the universities sector, it is vital for us to engage with our student consumers and to really understand what makes them tick.
It seems to be everyone is talking about employee engagement nowadays. “Employee Engagement is the biggest challenge to face industry” I read in a recent magazine headline. Is it? If so, what is it?
For me, employee engagement can be both over complicated and too simplified. Let me explain.
The BIFM Women in FM Conference took place last week and it got me thinking about how the FM industry has changed over the past 25 years. Though still outnumbered, the number of women in FM is certainly on the rise, underlining the fact that facilities management continues to grow in stature as a vibrant and popular career of choice.