World Kindness Day 2020
December 04, 2020
December 04, 2020
This year could use a little more kindness. In 2020, Stantec’s Developing Professional’s Group led the way by supporting online acts of kindness
Bringing to life Stantec’s culture of appreciation, our Developing Professionals Group (DPG) came together as a global network around an appreciation campaign in celebration of World Kindness Day. First introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, it’s an annual celebration observed on November 13. The mission? To inspire individuals towards greater kindness and to connect nations to create a kinder world.
In the past, the DPG has supported World Kindness Day by encouraging its members and other Stantec colleagues to share hand-written cards and post messages of appreciation on office boards. Now, in this progressively digital world, they had to find new ways to participate and connect.
This year, the campaign centered on virtual high-fives, and offered suggestions on what that could look like:
Many employees across the company took these pointers and added their own unique flare, like Anton Germishuizen (senior vice president, buildings), who kicked off the campaign by sharing the following message with the network, encouraging them to “be liberal in your use and sharing of kindness.” He spoke about how you never know what someone’s circumstance may be, so leading with kindness and understanding is always the best way to go.
“At Stantec, one of our four key values is that we are better together. Engaging in World Kindness Day every year reminds people that even in our fast-paced industry, we need to take time to build and maintain our relationships. Stantec’s Developing Professionals Group is proud to lead this initiative,” remarks Sade Akindele (DPG network lead).
By the end of the day, there was so much positivity flowing through people’s inboxes that the impact of a simple email and two minutes of time could no longer be ignored. Have a look below for some more highlights from the day:
Keeping connected is one of our industry’s pressing challenges, and making a point to spread a little kindness builds relationships and communities. The DPG plans to continue this annual World Kindness Day participation and continues to be active champions of our Stantec culture.
Visit the Developing Professionals Group (DPG) home page to learn more about how they’re improving the Stantec workplace.