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Dealing with loss and grief

 
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All too often, we think of loss and grief as being associated with the passing of a loved one, but loss takes on various forms. Whether it’s through missing those close to us, or the feeling the loss that comes with physical and mental changes, it’s often a good idea to be open about what we’ve lost and allow support in.

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Working and home-schooling or caring? You can do it!

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In this week's Make Yourself at Home, we're looking at the support available to help you meet the challenge of balancing home and work.

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Let's focus on you

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In 2020 we launched Make Yourself at Home to support you through the first wave of the pandemic. Now the series is back, we want to hear from you. Tell us your needs, and we'll use your feedback to design support for colleagues in the coming weeks.

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Georgia’s on top

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The recent 2020 Student Accommodation Awards saw Student Living by Sodexo's Georgia Hastie receive Highly Commended for this year’s Unsung Hero Award. Based at Northumbria University, Georgia plays a pivotal part in Student Living’s success on site and as a Hidden Hero has helped the team go from strength to strength.

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A greener New Year

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Sodexo recently switched its estate electricity supply in the UK to renewable sources, helping to reduce our carbon footprint. With lights on the Christmas tree and everyone spending more time at home over the coming weeks, what can you do to help save electricity?

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Around the world in 80 days

Around the world in…77 days?

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In September, Sodexo’s Integrator Property Management team set off on a virtual adventure to exercise their way around the world in 80 days and raising money for Stop Hunger and two colleague nominated charities. The team made good time completing the 23,184 miles on 23 November with just three days to spare!

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Individual actions make a big difference

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Sodexo colleagues' Stop Hunger support has seen the Foundation able to make a donation of £84,000 to FareShare, helping the charity's doubling demand this winter. As the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic continues to affect the most vulnerable, we’re asking everyone in Sodexo to carry on supporting the Foundation where they can.

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A spook-tacular success

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The BIG Sodexo Quiz returned to haunted mansions across the region last Thursday (29 October), raising money for Stop Hunger and its charity partners in a Halloween-inspired event. For the third time in 2020, more than 250 Sodexo colleagues dialled into the online quiz, raising a garishly ghoulish £1,100 on the night to support good causes.

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Championing your local charities

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It has been announced that Leeds based charity, St George’s Crypt, has received a £5,000 donation from the Stop Hunger Foundation. The donation comes after Regional Operations Manager for Sodexo’s Integrator property management team and Stop Hunger Charity Champion, Michelle Hukin, nominated the charity for a grant.

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Sodexo shines a bright light

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For the third consecutive year, Sodexo colleagues supported Focus Ireland's annual Shine a Light Night to help raise awareness of homelessness, and some much-needed funds to support the charity's services

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Make Yourself at Home

What to do if you just can’t Make Yourself at Home

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Even before Coronavirus (Covid-19), more than nine million people in the UK - almost a fifth of the population - said they were “always or often lonely”, but according to the British Red Cross, nearly two-thirds felt uncomfortable admitting it. With a possible further stretch of employees working from home for six months or more ahead, it pays to know how to take action.

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Make Yourself at Home

Have you made yourself at home?

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With the UK Government once again issuing guidance to work from home where possible, it looks as though home working is here to stay for some of us for at least the rest of 2020. Take this opportunity to re-cap the practical advice given by Sodexo’s in-house experts over the past six months.

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Let's get back together

Make yourself (back) at home

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Last week, we heard that people should, once again, start to work from home where possible. It’s the news nobody wanted to hear, but will hopefully help us pave the way to a world without Coronavirus (Covid-19). Following the UK Government's announcement last week we take the time to get up to speed with the latest guidance for Sodexo’s (usually) office-based employees.

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Location, location, location

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Working in a split-team, spending some of your time in the office and some at home, may feel like the hokey cokey, but it doesn’t have to make you dizzy. This week, we’re offering tips for our teams on maintaining a balance, both from an emotional wellbeing and a team working perspective.

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The even newer new normal

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Now some of our central offices are re-open ready for colleagues to return to, our daily / weekly routine is changing once again after spending the last five months adjusting to working from home. From remembering your ID pass to preparing food for the day ahead, we asked ten colleagues who've used our central offices since 1 September to share their experience.

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Kelly’s focusing on the future

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In the last of our special features, Stop Hunger Award winner and Charity Champion Kelly Slavin shares what it takes to be an ambassador for those most in need - find out how Kelly became a champion for others.

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Let's get back together - sharing our survey results

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In our recent survey, we asked you to share your thoughts and feelings about returning to using our central office spaces. 636 Sodexo colleagues came forward with valuable information about how you see yourselves using the office, and what support you need. Discover what your colleagues had to say.

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Melissa's 5-star success

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Discover how innovation alongside collaboration can create a runaway fundraising success - raising money for charity is changing, so learn from the best!

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Let's get back together

A shared space is a shared responsibility

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As we re-open some central offices on 1 September 2020, the behaviour of our peers and leaders holds one of the top spots on the list of things that will help colleagues feel safe when returning to work - find out what you can do to play your part

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Stop Hunger Awards 2020

Karen’s leading the way

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Read Karen Black's amazing story to inspire your own Stop Hunger success and help get the Foundation’s important work back on track.

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We're splitting up... for the right reasons

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On 1 September 2020, some of our central offices will re-open. In this edition of Let's get back together, we share an overview of split-team working with guidance so that you can get used to the changes.

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Sally's Stop Hunger success

Sally in the spotlight

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Be inspired by Sally Howe's Stop Hunger success - over the next four weeks we will be sharing the 2020 Stop Hunger Award winners amazing stories and best practices.

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It's time to open up

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With some of our central Sodexo offices due to re-open from 1 September 2020 for colleagues who were based there pre-Coronavirus (Covid-19), we take a behind-the-scenes look at what our Property teams have been doing to ensure Sodexo colleagues feel safe.

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The Techsplorer

Release your inner tech guru

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Do you think O365 is the next bus to Ormskirk? Does cloud computing leave you in the rain? Never fear, The Techsplorer is here! This week, in the final chapter of our Make Yourself at Home mini-series, we're offering up hi-tech hints and tips on some online tools to help you every day.

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The Security Sleuth

Your home security is not mission impossible

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In this penultimate episode of our Make Yourself at Home mini-series, where we seek the advice of our subject matter expert colleagues, we introduce you to the home Security Sleuth. Their version of ‘lockdown’ is an elaborate seven-step procedure applied every time they leave the house. Windows closed? Alarm set? Infra-red laser beam system enabled? Check...

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Sally is a Hidden Hero

Sally is a Hidden Hero

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Rise with Sodexo relies upon you – the Hidden Heroes working hard to deliver what is needed at client sites across the region. Hidden Heroes like Sally Blair, Deployment Manager for Service Operations and Supply Management, who continues to support Sodexo’s Corporate Services’ clients, being consistently recognised as a crucial piece in the segment’s complex puzzle.

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The Titchmarsh

Get your gardening gloves on

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In chapter four of our mini-series on hobbies and habits from around the home, we get our hands dirty with The Titchmarsh. We have headed out into the garden to brave the great British weather in search of this green fingered guru.

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Diane is a Hidden Hero

Diane is a Hidden Hero

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As we look forward to life after lockdown, it's important for us to continue celebrating the Sodexo Hidden Heroes who are leading the way. Those like Diane Hancox, Regional Contract and Compliance Support, who has been a consistent and valuable team player for the Government & Agencies’ Hestia South contract.

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The Tinkerer

Have you been a lockdown tinkerer?

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In the latest chapter of our Make Yourself at Home mini-series - focusing on the habits and hobbies that have emerged through lockdown - we turn to The Tinkerer. Are you a pro with plaster or a DIY disaster? With our in-house experts, we have you covered.

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Christine Viner Hidden Heroes

Christine is a Hidden Hero

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Recognition is always a lovely thing, but it's extra special when it's given by the people you're working hard to help. Sodexo Housekeeping Assistant, Christine Viner, knows exactly how that feels, after being nominated for the 2020 Student Led Teaching Awards (SLTAs) – an awards programme run by students, for students.

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The Clean Machine

Are you a clean machine?

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In our new series of Make Yourself at Home, we focus on the habits and hobbies that have emerged through lockdown. With the help of our in-house experts, we’ll provide top tips on matters that affect us all through the eyes of six characters. This week it’s the turn of The Clean Machine. Struggling to keep the home tidy whilst you’re spending so much time in it? This one’s for you!

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The Savvy Saver

Which Make Yourself at Home-r are you?

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In a new series of Make Yourself at Home, we focus on the habits and hobbies that have emerged through lockdown. With the help of our in-house experts, we’ll provide top tips on matters that affect us all through the eyes of six characters. The first is the Savvy Saver. Dabbling with deals and discounts, they’re sure to get the most out of every penny and cent.

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Melissa is a Hidden Hero

Melissa is a Hidden Hero

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Over the past three weeks we have been talking to our UK & Ireland Have a Safe Day Awards finalists to learn about ways in which we can continuously improve our safety culture. This week, we speak to Customer Experience Manager Melissa Jordan, who with the Diageo contract team helped create a new near miss and safety hazard toolikt.

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Keep connected with your team

Keep connected with your team

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In the first chapter of our Make Yourself at Home series, we shared tips and tricks for making the most of technology to work flexibly. Three months on, we recognise that maintaining inter-team connections has become more challenging, as we try to make sure that working relationships are still effective, and that no-one feels isolated.

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Supporting the Armed Forces

Supporting the Armed Forces

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With Armed Forces Day fast approaching (Saturday 27 June 2020), we wanted to share the ways Sodexo has committed to support our Hidden Heroes who are serving or who continue to serve in the military.

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Bimila is a Hidden Hero

Bimila is a Hidden Hero

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Sodexo has now been supporting the UK Armed Forces for more than 30 years, working to improve the military community’s quality of life every day. Recently recognised with a Commander’s Commendation, Cleaner Bimila Thalpa is one of our Hidden Heroes who has continued to go above and beyond to support the Armed Forces throughout the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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Nick is a Hidden Hero

Nick is a Hidden Hero

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Today (Wednesday 24 June 2020) is Reserves Day; a special day as part of Armed Forces Week that highlights the valuable contribution of Reservists who can be called to serve their country at a moment’s notice; exactly what happened to Government & Agencies’ Nick Mackay who has been mobilised to support efforts against Coronavirus (Covid-19).

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SSAFA’s Hidden Heroes

SSAFA’s Hidden Heroes

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On Monday 22 June 2020, Armed Forces Week celebrations kicked off across the region including those organised by your Sodexo colleagues on behalf of Stop Hunger charity partner, SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity. Discover more about these Hidden Heroes and see how you can get involved.

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Ian is a Hidden Hero

Ian is a Hidden Hero

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In the second instalment of our Q&A series with the UK and Ireland's regional Have a Safe Day Awards finalists, Technical Operations Manager Ian Hendry shares his experiences from Northumbria University. Ian shares the reason why safety is so important for him, his team and the thousands of students he helps to keep safe every day.

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Redefining community

Tackling loneliness and isolation

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Coming to terms with isolation and loneliness featured in the top three challenges faced by homeworkers in our recent Coronavirus (Covid-19) employee survey. It’s a challenge shared by many, and it’s rooted in our basic needs, so what can we do to overcome it?

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Laura is a Hidden Hero

Laura is a Hidden Hero

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In a series of Q&As we shine a safety spotlight on our regional Have a Safe Day Award finalists, starting with Cleaning Manager Laura Pike who explains in more detail about what safety means to her and shares best practices that support Sodexo’s zero-harm mindset.

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#TheBigCareShare

Join #TheBigCareShare

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Many people are taking on more challenges and responsibilities as a result of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), including caring for loved ones. In this week's edition of our Make Yourself at Home campaign, we speak to Raj Jones, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, to discuss how conversation can strengthen Sodexo's support for you as a working parent, carer or parent-to-be.

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How are we doing?

How are we doing?

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent Coronavirus (Covid-19) employee survey. The survey highlighted three main challenges those currently working from home are experiencing, so in this instalment of our Make Yourself at Home series, we explain what we will be doing over the coming weeks and also give you the opportunity to review the resources already available to you.

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Fiona is a Hidden Hero

Fiona is a Hidden Hero

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Throughout Volunteers’ Week (1 to 7 June 2020), we have been sharing the stories of Hidden Heroes who have been making a difference prior to and during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. As Sodexo’s Transformation Director for the UK and Ireland, Fiona was quick to volunteer her time to help keep her community moving.

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Sandra is a Hidden Hero

Sandra is a Hidden Hero

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Government & Agencies’ Sandra Padgett volunteers her time to support charities and organisations where her skills can deliver the biggest impact - this Volunteers’ Week (1 to 7 June 2020) read more about Sodexo’s Hidden Heroes.

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Mark is a Hidden Hero

Mark is a Hidden Hero

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For Volunteers’ Week 2020 (1 to 7 June 2020) we are taking the opportunity to celebrate those Sodexo colleagues, like Mark Cheetham, who are volunteering and making a difference to those who need it most throughout the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis and beyond.

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In the kitchen with David Mulcahy

In the kitchen with David Mulcahy

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With more people than ever reportedly cooking their meals from scratch, David Mulcahy, Culinary Ambassador for Sodexo UK & Ireland, wants to help colleagues with their food frustrations.

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Breaking the silence on IDAHOBIT

Breaking the silence on IDAHOBIT

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This year we're celebrating International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on 20 May 2020 with a day of activity, including wearing purple to show solidarity and a Sodexo webinar featuring region chair, Sean Haley and Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Margot Slattery.

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Sabrina is a Hidden Hero

Sabrina is a Hidden Hero

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Restaurant supervisor, and Hidden Hero, Sabrina has been supporting those who need it most during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis - see how she has been making a difference by volunteering for the NHS.

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Being kinder to yourself

Being kinder to yourself

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With temporary home-working looking to extend into the not-so temporary for thousands of Sodexo colleagues, the novelty may now be starting to wear-off. While plans are underway to help our clients become ready to rise again, our own reality may remain the same for some time.

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Take a break

Take a break with Matt Dawson

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Many people think that finding time for a break is easy, but when working from home, we can struggle to find time for ourselves that benefits both our bodies and minds. In this week's instalment of Make Yourself at Home, we explore how you can plan to get the most out of your valuable break time, including some tips from Sodexo Ambassador Matt Dawson.

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WasteLESS Week Winners 2020
 

Food waste at home? Not on Integrator’s watch!

In our previous 2020 WasteLESS Week winner stories, we’ve already explored how we can reduce food waste before it reaches customers, how tackling food waste is positive for communities, and now how we can all combat food waste closer to home.

 
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Fighting food waste and bringing people together

Continuing our WasteLESS Week 2020 winner celbrations, in our second story we’re focusing on runner’s up - the Sodexo team from Microsoft EMEA - who tackled their food waste in a very different way, choosing to donate what they could to local communities across Europe, United Arab Emirates and Africa.

 
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Supporting communities through apprenticeships

Sodexo is proud to support a network of small and medium enterprises (SME’s), as part of our pledge to create positive social impact.

 
Apprenticeships - anything is possible
 

Achieving through adversity

Joanne Smith had worked for Sodexo for four years in a casual role, supporting on race days and functions at Ascot Racecourse. Then, in January 2020, she became Operations Manager – and in doing so, began an apprenticeship with Sodexo, studying Level 5 Operational/Departmental Management.

 
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Creating a coaching culture with apprenticeships

How do you unlock the best bits of your performance and attributes, and find the motivation within yourself to develop the areas that require improvement? HR and learning professionals, as well as business leaders, point towards the practice of coaching as an enabler to personal and organisational growth.  

 
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Building for the future with apprenticeships

In November 2020, Sodexo UK & Ireland launched its first formal technical apprenticeship programme, designed to create the engineering skills needed in the future of the Facilities Management industry.

 
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Our 2020 WasteLESS Week winners

As a key strategic priority, food waste was taste of the town for WasteLESS Week 2020 encouraging all of you to shout about the ways you’re reducing food waste both on-site and at home. With WRAP’s Food Waste Action Week around the corner, we’re sharing our 2020 winner’s recipe for success.

 
NAW 2021
 

National Apprenticeship Week 2021

This week (8 to 14 February 2021) in the UK is National Apprenticeship Week 2021, giving us the opportunity to celebrate the success of our Sodexo colleagues regioanally, and share the possibilities afforded to us all by modern apprenticeships.

 
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Volunteering to stop the spread

Over the coming weeks, the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), as well as some local authorities, will be searching for volunteers to support efforts to recover from the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Sodexo is assisting the RVS and UK Government by promoting the opportunities available. Can you lend a helping hand?

 
 
Good news

Good news

With 36,000 colleagues in the Sodexo UK & Ireland region, we know there are lots of you out there doing great things. And, we’d love to share your successes across the business.

Share your good news - this could be a contract win, client or customer praise, service innovations, or just great people doing great things!

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