The Sodexo Group’s internal think tank has published its Retrospective for 2016 to provide an overview of the Institute’s own activities and share external insights from the past twelve months. Among the reports published by the Institute in 2016 were those based on its round-table Dialogues on memory care and the world of work in the 21st century. The first report highlights the...
Date: Jan 20th 2017
Money is a short-term motivator with limited appeal Yes, money is important, but it is only a baseline expectation. People expect to be paid a fair wage, without which no amount of ‘perks’ can attract or retain them. This might also explain why take home pay is still the number one factor in the decision to take or stay at a job in countries with weaker economies, such as Poland and Brazil...
Date: Jan 5th 2017
When Parenting magazine and the National Education Association in the US conducted a study looking into the roadblocks associated with parent-teacher communication, the results were very telling. While 88 percent of parents consider teachers as “partners” in their child’s education, less than half (48 percent) felt that there was a sufficient amount of parent-teacher meetings. Similarly...
Date: Nov 16th 2016
Video games such as Nintendo Wii, for example, have been credited with getting children to be more active and providing a healthy and fun way for kids to expend their endless amounts of energy. In the medical arena, surgeons who regularly play Wii games have outperformed their peers in laparoscopic procedures as well. But perhaps the most surprising area where these benefits are popping up is...
Date: Nov 9th 2016
Individuals’ interaction in social media, for example, serves companies to better understand consumer demand and find new ways to reach their targeted public. Similarly, city planners use urban mobility data to better address public transportation needs. “Big data” is changing the way decisions are made everywhere, and education is no exception. Education systems produce a huge amount of...
Date: Nov 9th 2016
Flooring is the foundation of a classroom, both literally and in terms of the learning environment. Cushy carpeted classrooms for example, while comfortable and sound absorbent can also encourage allergens and dust as well as the respiratory complications that accompany these air borne irritants. Meanwhile, totally bare floors can be an acoustic nightmare. So what factors should be taken into...
Date: Oct 24th 2016
People in the workplace are the most powerful resources to curb carbon emissions – this is the main idea behind smart energy management. And to make the most of this valuable resource, people need to be educated on how individual actions and habits can collectively advance or slow down climate change. Follow the energy trail From the moment a piece of coal is mined, it begins to form its...
Date: Oct 20th 2016
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