Sodexo hires and trains employees from four different generations and has developed a Generations network to help foster understanding across all generations.

Sodexo launched its UK and Ireland Generations employee network in 2014 using GenMatch, a specially-designed board game to help challenge generational stereotypes by getting teams to talk about differences in an informal way.

Team meeting (525 x 165)

The network which attracted more than 300 members in its first four months, also organised a series of workshops and webinars covering ‘life stage’ matters such as managing childcare and being a carer.

The Generations programme has already helped Sodexo improve employee engagement across all age groups, but particularly among the 20-30 age group where there has been a five point increase.

Sean Haley, Regional Chairman, Managing Director of Service Operations and formerly executive sponsor of the Generations workstream, said:

The differences between generations can lead to misunderstanding and miscommunication but, in a workplace situation, if we raise awareness of those differences and harness people’s individuality, it can have a huge impact on the way we work together and help us perform better as a business. That is why we have launched the Generations network; to help us all better understand the people we work with and make us more effective.

Working parents group

Sodexo has introduced a working parents group which aims to offer advice and support to parents, parents to be and those with childcare responsibilities whilst promoting work-life balance & career development supporting parents at Sodexo.