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NEWS ETS To Reveal New Hand Drying Data at Eunetips And HIS Conference


The European Tissue Symposium (ETS) has announced that it will be presenting new study results at Eunetips and the HIS (Healthcare Infection Society) Conference 2014, taking place respectively 15th-16th and 16th-18th November, 2014 in the Lyon Convention Centre in France. The HIS Conference 2014 takes place in cooperation with the French Society for Hospital Hygiene.


On 15th-16th November, prior to the HIS Conference 2014, Eunetips, the European network to promote infection prevention for patient safety, is hosting a dedicated membership-only event. On 15th November, Professor Mark Wilcox of the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals, will be presenting the peer-reviewed results of his recent aerosolisation study to a selective audience.


The conclusions of the study conducted by Prof. Wilcox will have significant implications for infection control health professionals everywhere and Roberto Berardi, ETS Chairman, is looking forward to the feedback of healthcare professionals. He said: “The study by Prof. Wilcox has revealed important insights into washroom hygiene. This meticulous work is likely to have a significant impact on washroom management globally."


On 18th November, Professor Mark Wilcox and Keith Redway will officially present their studies into the propensity of three commonly used methods of hand drying to aerosolise and disperse bacteria into the environment, to the HIS Conference 2014 attendees. The presentations are part of the official symposium programme and will be given from 8am at the Pasteur Lounge (Room 294).


The biennial HIS Conference gathers around 1,000 professionals from around the world to discuss the very latest research and best practices in infection prevention and control. Visitors to the ETS booth (Booth 19) will receive more detailed information on the study results, as well as in-depth information on the importance of tissue as a hygienic hand drying method.


www.europeantissue.com Sodexo Play The ‘Generations’ Game


Sodexo has launched an employee network to raise awareness of generational differences in the workplace. The Generations network is a group of multi- generational employees who are focusing on the diverse age range of Sodexo's employees.


The United Nations categorises the working age population into four generations, each of whom has a different expectation and experience of the workplace: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y.


Sodexo’s Generations network supports employees in understanding the personal and professional development needs of these groups and how they are affected by each other.


To mark its launch the network devised the GenMatch Game, an informal way for Sodexo employees to start learning about the different generations and each other’s experiences. Around 2,000 sets of the GenMatch Game are being delivered to Sodexo teams across the UK and Ireland.


Sean Haley, Managing Director of Service Operations and Executive Sponsor of the Generations network, said: “Sodexo employs and serves a broad spectrum of people in a diverse range of workplaces such as stadia, prisons, hospitals, schools, universities, barracks and offices. It’s important we recognise everyone’s background and values to help us give our employees a rewarding career and support them in delivering the best service to our clients and customers.


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“Our latest employee engagement scores are very positive and 12 points above the national average, but results do reflect a wider, external trend which shows employees in their twenties are the least engaged. The first priorities of the Generations network will be to understand why this difference exists, and to explore how we can encourage the different generations to learn from one another.


“As many of our employees are based on a diverse range of client sites the GenMatch Game has been designed in a short format to be played in a relaxed environment to get people talking and thinking about the differences in the four generational groups.”


Generations is one of six areas Sodexo is focusing on as part of its approach to diversity and inclusion. It becomes Sodexo’s second employee network after Women Work, started in 2008, which strives to achieve gender balance in the business.


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