2014 Workplace Trends Report Reveals Business-Critical Forecasts, Including 30 Emerging Jobs of the Future

2014 Workplace Trends Report Reveals Business-Critical Forecasts, Including 30
                         Emerging Jobs of the Future

Sodexo's report provides a detailed glimpse into the "always-on" workplace of
tomorrow, offering solutions on how to get employees engaged, healthy and

PR Newswire

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Jan. 23, 2014

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With 54 percent of our waking
hours spent at work, the employee of the future will expect to spend more time
enjoying a series of memorable events and interactions that are
company-initiated, according to the 2014 Workplace Trends Report, released
today by Sodexo. Now in its third year, the report examines key trends and
solutions linked to higher employee retention, engagement and increased
productivity in more efficient, intelligent buildings. It is critical business
intelligence, considering that of the approximately 100 million people in
America who are employed full-time, only 30 percent of them are engaged and
inspired at work.[i]

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Sodexo's 2014 Workplace Trends Report identifies 10 significant trends:

1.Workplace Experience Design
2.Creating an Engaging Work Environment Through Gamification
3.Health-Centered Buildings: A Paradigm Shift in Buildings and Operation
4.Cross Cultural Understanding and Management
5.Always On: Managing the Challenges of Work-Related Communication
6.Demonstrating Value in Employee Recognition Programs: Why VOI is the New
7.Constructing "Smarter" Buildings
8.Creating the Future of Work: Getting Started
9.30 Jobs of the Future and How to Create Them
10.Total Health: Integrated Approaches to Worker Health Promotion and

The Sodexo report finds that today's workforce is looking for more meaningful,
relevant work; flexibility, training, civility among peers; and rewards and
recognition germane to personal values. Employees want an "experience" -- one
that creates an attachment to their organization. The report provides insights
on how companies can create that experience, and why not doing so will have
significant bottom-line implications for every business.

"You don't hire engaged people, you create them," said Michael Norris, chief
operating officer, Sodexo North America. "The key to creating engaged
employees lies in the experience you create for them at work. It's not only
understanding how to enhance their productivity and engagement; it's also
about uncovering and executing on ways to improve their quality of life."

The report examines how successful businesses will need to: design
employee-centric office buildings and workspaces, tie workplace environments
to the employee's "experience;" develop a workforce with a global perspective;
incorporate games into employee training; develop processes that don't
overwhelm employees in an "always-on" environment; and adopt an approach to
employee well-being and health that is truly holistic.

Norris added that the future workplace will be "as much about living as it is
about working," noting that successful companies will focus on making the work
meaningful to their employees, while also ensuring employees are capable of
the task at hand.

The work world is rapidly changing, with a variety of trends coming into play
– trends that did not even exist 10 years ago. Sodexo's report also includes
an article authored by the World Future Society called "30 Jobs for 2030."
Many of the emerging careers it addresses (e.g. Chief Experience Officer,
Energy Harvester, Office Concierge, Green Career Coach, etc.), are based upon
what will likely be core organizational needs by 2030 – and the sooner
organizations plan for these contingencies, the better.

Sodexo's 2014 Workplace Trends Report combines insight from principal
research, clients, academia, and leading facilities management and human
resource trade organizations. The company's researchers used mixed-method
research to monitor and collectively examine trends that affect the quality of
life of consumers in the workplace. This approach included traditional
quantitative measures such as end user satisfaction and preference surveys,
psychographic analysis at client sites, social media monitoring and a literary
review consisting of consultant reports, academic and trade journals, and
information from industry associations.

Be sure to view the report video and download the full 2014 Workplace Trends
Report, including the entire list of "30 Jobs for 2030." Join and follow the
conversation on Twitter using the #WorkplaceTrends hash tag.

About Sodexo
Founded in 1966 by Pierre Bellon, Sodexo is the global leader in services that
improve Quality of Life, an essential factor in individual and organizational
performance. Operating in 80 countries, Sodexo serves 75 million consumers
each day through its unique combination of On-site Services, Benefits and
Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Through its more than 100
services, Sodexo provides clients an integrated offering developed over more
than 45 years of experience: from reception, safety, maintenance and cleaning,
to foodservices and facilities and equipment management; from Meal Pass, Gift
Pass and Mobility Pass benefits for employees to in-home assistance and
concierge services. Sodexo's success and performance are founded on its
independence, its sustainable business model and its ability to continuously
develop and engage its 428,000 employees throughout the world.

Sodexo in North America
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), leading Quality of Life services company in
the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On-site Services in Corporate,
Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as
Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Sodexo, Inc.,
headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the
Sodexo Foundation (www.SodexoFoundation.org), an independent charitable
organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $22 million
in grants to end childhood hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at

Key figures (August 31, 2013)
Sodexo worldwideSodexo worldwide             Sodexo North America
18.4 billion euro consolidated revenue       $8.9 billion revenu

428,000 employees                            133,000 employees
18^th largest employer worldwide             9,000 sites
80 countries                                 16% facility management sites
33,300 sites                                 15 million consumers served daily
75 million consumers served daily

[i] Gallup. (2013, June). State of the American Workplace: Employee Engagement
Insights for U.S. Business Leaders.


Contact: Sam Wells, 301 987 4893, samuel.wells@sodexo.com
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