The Gratitude Project | DS Valentine’s Day
“No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” — Alfred North Whitehead
This year, we decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the DS production facility for the first time by sending each other thank you cards.
Using left-over materials (collected from our recycling) we made a little postbox and a bundle of simple ‘love heart’ appreciation cards and asked everyone to send a card to a member of the team that they felt deserved recognition.
We kept the DS postbox open for a week and collected over 50 appreciation cards.. meaning everyone at Direct Solutions sent at least one card to another member of the team — that’s a lot of thanks!
The cards were delivered to our desks this morning, making Valentines Day at Direct Solutions more about teamwork, gratitude and reflection — rather than romance, roses and chocolate.
We wanted to share some of our favourite messages, we hope they make you smile as much as we did.
“Tracy, thank you for being you. Someone who is easy to approach and is so understanding. Can always come to you if I have a problem”
“Wills, for knowing where everything is – you’re a godsend”
“Donna – you always seem to be on your feet none stop! So this card is a thank you and well done on all your hard work”
“The design team – thank you for making my client’s ideas come to life and look great. You’re always happy to help me and it is appreciated”
“Tracy & Allistair, thank you for being the best people I’ve ever worked for ☺”
“Print team – although you are always under pressure, you are always happy to help and get a job done quickly if you can. Always polite (quite funny too!) Always available for advice when needed. Thank you, you all make my job a little easier.”
“Donna is very hard working, and she is very good at what she does. Everyone would be lost without her as she is always on top of her work. Helpful towards everyone. Truly amazing.”
“Mark – the smiliest person in the building, for that alone it makes me smile every morning”
“Print team, you are all always there to help. Sean, you always step in and try your best to solve any problem. Charlie, you’re a whiz at all techy stuff and Steven you’re always hands on if needed – thanks guys”
“Tracy and Allistair, thank you for giving me the opportunity to work here and being great bosses!”
“Donna, thank you for being patient with me when showing me the ropes! Even when you are busy you still have time for me”
“Janda, the secret to a happy workplace is having awesome colleagues like you. Don’t change ever Poppins”
“Marion – you deserve this card! Every morning you smile and say good morning to me, I appreciate it!”
“Allistair, thank you for times when I need advice your door is always open and you always and you always check if anyone needs you before you leave, it makes a difference. Also for always being happy to listen to new ideas”
“Mark, thank you for allowing me to grab your (post) sacks on a daily basis”🤣
Without a doubt, we will be saving the DS Valentines postbox for next year — we have loved every minute. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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