4 organizational trends gaining steam

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Sodexo this month unveiled its list of 10 trends impacting workplaces worldwide during 2017. Here are a handful that pertain particularly to FSDs, and how some operators are addressing those trends. 

1. Multi-generational employees

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As employees stay in the workforce longer and life expectations continue to grow, organizations are approaching staff learning in new ways, Sodexo says. To boost communication between workers of different generations, millennial foodservice staff at San Antonio Military Medical Center are paired up with their baby boomer counterparts, who serve as mentors. 

2. Robots on the rise

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Workplaces are leaning on robots more often to perform tasks once handled by humans, Sodexo notes. As automation takes a bigger role, some foodservice operations have enlisted robots to help deliver meals to hospital patients, while others use them to speed up prep processes such as rolling sushi. 

3. A nod to wellness

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Companies are not only being positioned as health drivers for workers, but for their families and broader communities as well, Sodexo notes. The dining department at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., provides new hires with what it calls “welcome wellness packets,” giving employees access to an online nutrition tool, information about on-campus offerings and a meal on the house, while Tupelo Honey Cafe in Asheville, N.C., encourages staff to run a 5k once a year—on the operation’s dime.

4. Sustainability as central

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Sustainability has increasingly become the purview of businesses, not just that of the government and related organizations, Sodexo says, noting that pressure from employees seeking sustainable workplaces is a driver. A number of dining departments have tackled sustainability with initiatives around composting, trayless dining and—in the case of at least one college—reducing the number of straws used on campus.

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