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The Lessons We've Learned Along the Way

We are not out of the woods when it comes to this pandemic just yet, but resilience and positivity have been growing throughout our community, and it’s been inspiring to witness. We still have a long way to go, but the lessons we’ve already learned along the way will be valuable for the rest of our lives.

I’ve been taking every opportunity to help my kids learn the power of remaining calm and appreciating what they have. When you’re in the midst of a storm, it can be hard to remember that it will pass. But if you can navigate your way through it calmly, then you can start to appreciate the things the storm hasn’t stripped from you, and in turn, you can share that sentiment by reaching out to others in your community who need help.

Being a member of a strong community means finding ways to stand together against adversity. Whether you’re an individual, a family, or a business, what you do affects your community even if you may not see those effects. I’m so proud to be a part of such a great community, and Dri Tech Corp has had the fortune of continuing to work for the community it loves during this pandemic.

We’ve learned our own valuable lessons along the way, the most important of them being:

1. More communication is better.

2. One size does not fit all.

3. How others perceive their safety is important.

I’ve previously written about how incredible our communication has been, and it’s only increased with each passing day. The last two lessons seem obvious at a glance, but during the last few months, we’ve learned how true they really are.

Safety is about a person’s perception of how secure they feel. That means that one person’s “safe” is often different from another’s. In our office, we have some team members whose families at home are resilient in the face of COVID-19. But we also have team members who live with high-risk individuals. That means our environment, and the way we conduct ourselves in it, looks very different for those two types of people. Safety is not one-size-fits-all, and our team has gone to incredible lengths to make sure our workplace is an environment that can adapt to the needs of many, rather than the needs of a few.

We’ve learned to operate with the same mindset on every job we do too. Out in the field, we’re experiencing the highest levels of safety requirements that the construction industry has ever seen because guaranteeing safety has never been more important than it is now. We’ve changed and adapted our safety measures so our clients can feel the same peace of mind that our team feels, no matter what their own perception of safety may be.

Above all, this pandemic has helped us to recognize the incredible impact every business, facility, and organization has on the community it stands in. When I drive by a school, restaurant, or patient care facility that Dri Tech Corp has worked on, my heart swells with pride for having contributed to something that in turn provides opportunities for others.

We build places where people in our community can, in turn, contribute back to the community. We may have built the roof sitting over a restaurant, but when you eat at that restaurant, you support the family whose livelihood depends on the money you paid for your meal. This pandemic has taught us all that there are no small acts. So no matter which direction things go from here, we’ll be able to look behind us and know we've already come so far.

Blaine DeBrouwer

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