Team — A week ago today, the city of Boston and all of Massachusetts were celebrating Patriot’s Day as the city hosted the Boston Marathon, a beloved tradition that draws close to a half million supporters every year. As the unthinkable happened, we recall the first responders running toward the horror- and potential danger to assist the victims. We are all thankful for their bravery and dedication.
On Friday of last week, more brave and selfless teams stepped up, as Boston and the surrounding towns went into lock-down per the careful direction of law enforcement.
At Sodexo client sites across the greater Boston area, Sodexo and it’s client team members continued to report to work. We also had accounts of several employees who were blocked to reaching their own workplaces detour instead to other Sodexo accounts outside the lock-down perimeter. At hospitals, senior living facilities, schools, campuses and other critical accounts, they knew they were needed, and they responded.
At our hospital locations, our Sodexo team members continued their concern for the patients and residents we serve. The intent of the tragedy was to destroy and disrupt our lives, but clearly, they failed. I am proud of the dedication of our teams who make compassion, accountability, respect, enthusiasm and service their priority. Words are inadequate to express my pride and gratitude for your dedication.
Many of us may work in the affected areas and be part of tight-knit New England communities and towns, but today, every single one of Sodexo’s nationwide and global team members are BOSTON STRONG.
Jennifer Bonilla is president of the Northeast Division of Sodexo Health Care.