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.
Last week I was honoured to have joined the 2016 BIFM Women in FM conference as a panellist for the debate on targets or quotas and the best way to improve the gender balance of your board.
Virgin Atlantic is synonymous with innovation, amazing service, personal touches and their own brand of cool with 10 Clubhouses and 1 Arrivals Lounge across the world, from Johannesburg and London, to Hong Kong and New York.
Food waste is a huge issue for the foodservice sector. WRAP estimates the UK hospitality and foodservice industry wastes 925,000 tonnes of food a year, the equivalent to one in six meals served, and that 18% of food purchased in the sector is thrown away. As an industry we need to drive much greater awareness of this issue and to look at new ways of working that can help start to tackle it.
The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has supported the work of Fareshare since 2005 through volunteering and an annual grant. In this time, we’ve volunteered hundreds of hours of time and donated over £600,000.