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Make Yourself at Home

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

 
Time 18 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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?

Time 26 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 33 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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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Let's get back together

Location, location, location

Time 40 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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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Let's get back together

The even newer new normal

Time 47 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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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Stop Hunger Awards 2020

Kelly’s focusing on the future

Time 54 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Let's get back together - sharing our survey results

Time 54 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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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Stop Hunger Awards

Melissa's 5-star success

Time 61 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 61 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 68 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 68 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 75 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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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Let's get back together

It's time to open up

Time 75 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 80 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 89 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 96 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 96 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 103 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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?

Time 103 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 110 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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?

Time 110 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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?

Time 117 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 124 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 124 days ago Comments 1 comment
 

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

Time 128 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 128 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 129 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 131 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 131 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 131 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 138 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 138 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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?

Time 144 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 150 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 151 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 152 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 157 days ago Comments 1 comment
 

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

Time 165 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 166 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 166 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

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

Time 173 days ago Comments 1 comment
 

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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Emrullah is a Hidden Hero

Emrullah is a Hidden Hero

Time 177 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

After only being part of our Corporate Services' team since November 2019, Emrullah now finds himself contributing to the important work our frontline Sodexo colleagues in Healthcare and NHS keyworkers are doing every day.

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Dress for your day

Dress for your day

Time 180 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

What you decide to wear at home when working can have a massive impact on the way you think, how you process information, and definitely the way you feel. In this week's chapter of our series of tips for home-workers, we explore some of the ways you can positively adjust tomorrow's working from home #OOTD (Outfit of the Day).

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Keep learning

Keep learning

Time 187 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

At a time when all of our working lives are changing in one way or another, now is the perfect time to engage in Sodexo's learning opportunities, increasing self-confidence, your mental wellbeing and ensuring that we are ready to go when the (Coronavirus) Covid-19 crisis ends.

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Charlotte is a Hidden Hero

Charlotte is a Hidden Hero

Time 190 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

Rising to the challenge, Charlotte has proven herself to be a Hidden Hero, supporting our Healthcare colleagues and the NHS at such a difficult time for all.

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Keeping compliant at home

Keeping compliant at home

Time 194 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

Make Yourself at Home is our series aimed at supporting our colleagues who are currently working from home. This week, we look at ways in which you can continue to work in a compliant way, maintaining our high standards of personal data protection and information security.

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John is a Hidden Hero

John is a Hidden Hero

Time 197 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

Sodexo’s Healthcare hospital maintenance teams must prioritise urgent jobs during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, meaning other tasks which remain important in their day-to-day work have fallen into the hands of redeployed staff, including Corporate Services’ John Greenaway. Discover how John has adapted to his redeployment at an NHS hopsital.

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Andrew is a Hidden Hero

Andrew is a Hidden Hero

Time 197 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

Sports & Leisure are adapting quickly to support the setup and delivery of 50 new Coronavirus (Covid-19) testing centres. Andrew has been tasked with supporting his colleagues in mobilising the first Scottish Coronavirus test centre. Read how Andrew has used their skills to support the NHS and other key workers on the frontline.

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Make a space

Make a space

Time 201 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

Makeshift offices are now becoming something of the norm as many people are adapting to working from home. Challenges like sharing home office space and learning to work in a new environment can be difficult to overcome, which is why we are sharing some quick and easy ideas you can put in place to improve your daily working experience.

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Allison is a Hidden Hero

Allison is a Hidden Hero

Time 204 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

Lounge Host Allison Cochran from Sports & Leisure has taken her valuable customer service experience to a new redeployment role in food services and cleaning. See how she has adpated to her new role and how she plays an important role in the fight against Coronavirus (Covid-19).

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Ask for help

Ask for help

Time 208 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

Make Yourself at Home is our series focusing on colleagues who are now finding themselves working from home for the first time. If you're working from home for the first time, remember to ask for help when you need it.

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Voice global engagement survey
 

Voice: it's results time!

Last month, all Sodexo colleagues were invited to take part in our global engagement survey, Voice. We’re delighted to share the results of the survey, which can be used to start conversations within teams about how to address areas for improvement, and how to maintain the good things we’re already doing.

 
WasteLESS Week 2020
 

Are you ready for WasteLESS Week?

Teams across the globe are getting for WasteLESS Week 2020,which starts on Monday 26 October, ready to reduce the waste our operations create. This year in the UK and Ireland, we are focussing on food waste - something that we can all help with, both in the workplace and at home.

 
Show your heart. Play your part. graphic
 

Show your heart. Play your part.

The future of our local communities is in our hands as the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic continues to have a severe impact on third sector organisations, including Stop Hunger’s charity partners. For the first time ever, the Foundation is asking for your feedback to shape its future focus - show your heart by taking part in the new Stop Hunger survey.

 
Same 3 Checks for Safety
 

Keep your mind on safety

With existing safety practices still in place, and new ways of working being frequently introduced, we are asking you to keep your mind open to changes and learn why it’s important for us to keep safety on the brain.

 
Same 3 Checks for Safety
 

Keeping food allergen incidents at bay

With sites continuing to reopen across the region, we must never forget that food allergens present a danger to over two million people in the UK and Ireland. In the final chapter of our mini series on back-to-site safety, we’re talking about food allergen processes.

 
Same 3 Checks for Safety
 

Staying vigilant through change

We’re all juggling responsibilities in the new normal, but as new ways of working become the norm, it can be easy to get complacent with safety. This week, we focus on near misses and hazard spotting - a good way for sites to stay on top of their safety game and prevent potentially harmful accidents from ever occurring.

 
Same 3 Checks for Safety
 

Be prepared, be safe

Simply asking you to be safe is easy enough, but making sure you feel prepared is another story. Returning to work can be pretty daunting after the year we’ve had so far. Help us help you be prepared with these five safety tips.

 
Same 3 Checks for Safety
 

Getting back to safety basics

With our central offices re-opening, client sites rising again and many people returning to school and work after the summer holidays, it’s time to remind ourselves about Sodexo’s number one priority – keeping colleagues safe.

 
Stop Hunger volunteering
 

Fighting hunger near you

Four charitable organisations have received a windfall share of a £90,000 donation from Sodexo’s global Stop Hunger Endowment Fund helping them in their continuing fight against hunger.

 
 
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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