Giving Thanks this 2020 Holiday Season (11/26/2020) - As 2020 comes to an end, I am reflecting on all that has changed and the challenges we faced this year. From a global pandemic, an economic crisis, record breaking unemployment and a national conversation about institutional racism, 2020 has challenged us in ways no one could have ever imagined. I would normally begin this letter with all of our successes throughout the year, and while we had many, I would be remiss if I did not discuss the unfortunate times we have faced that directly impacted our friends, family, coworkers, customers and partners. Many of us felt the pain of 2020 which directly changed our lives. Many lost family members and friends to this COVID19 pandemic; some lost jobs or the ability to make a living with reduced hours and businesses shutting down; some had to make significate changes as a result of our children not being in school or the need to take care of an elderly parent. To say 2020 has been a challenge both personally and professionally would be an understatement. To our employees, thank you for all the hard work, dedication and commitment to our customers. You are all on the frontline in this fight against the pandemic. You are the reason our customers, students, first responders, traveling public and hospital staff can feel a little safer in these unusual times. Your unwavering commitment in making sure our facilities were clean and free from this virus does not go unnoticed and I truly thank each of you […]
Thank You Essential Heroes Everywhere (4/23/2020) - From all of us, to all of you…Thank You
DFS COVID-19 Response – A Letter to Our Customers (3/21/2020) - 3/21/2020 To Our Customers, All of us at DFS take our responsibility to serve our community very seriously as we know our customers depend on us — especially during times of crisis. With COVID-19 evolving daily, we are continually evaluating what we must do to meet the needs of our customers while also keeping our community and employees safe. Over the past two weeks we have implemented several measures to make sure our facilities are being cleaned and disinfected with the utmost care and detail. We have worked closely with our suppliers, partners and customers to make sure our supply chain of required products can be met and delivered on-time. I would like to thank all of you for your assistance during these trying times and ensure you that our employees continue to work hard to ensure safe and clean facilities for everyone. Listed below are protocols that have been implemented to ensure safety of our employees working at your facilities. Understanding no two facilities are alike, we have asked our Site Managers to work with facility management to ensure we can accomplish what is needed to comply. Promoting Social Distancing: Managers have been instructed to review all work schedules and adjust start and end times to eliminate employees gathering at the time clock. Employees are required to wear gloves when using the main time clock, and disinfectant will be used between shifts to clean each punch surface. Where applicable, we have activated the ability for employees to punch in […]
A message from our President & CEO this Thanksgiving 2019 (11/27/2019) - Dear DFS Family, Customers and Friends, The holiday season is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the successes of the past year while also looking forward to opportunities in the rapidly approaching New Year. Here at DFS, we are celebrating our many achievements in 2019 and gearing up for a remarkable 2020. We are also taking the time to appreciate all of the customers and partners who make our success possible. Of course, I must first thank and express my appreciation for the remarkable group of people who come to work at DFS and bring value to our customers. Our dedicated employees work tirelessly each and every day to ensure our brand remains the best in the industry. You are the only reason DFS continues to be successful and flourish year after year, and for that, I say Thank You! In 2019, we saw a continuation of our tremendous growth, now with more than 60 customer accounts and more than 1600 employees across the United States. We grew so much that we had to practically double the size of our corporate support staff to further support our operations. It is such an exciting time to be at DFS! We also entered a new market in K-12 education facilities, partnering with Sodexo Magic, for three large zones within the Chicago Public School system. While DFS has been a premiere service provider for higher education facilities for many years, this opportunity gives us additional education experience that will open new markets in […]
Airport Service Quality Awards 2018 – THREE DFS WINNERS! (4/4/2019) - Three Airports are #1 in their respective categories…three airports where you can find DFS employees working every day, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We couldn’t be happier for our customers – Congratulations! And we couldn’t be prouder of the DFS professionals that support them! Thank You!
Do you care about your carpet’s care? (2/21/2019) - How much do you know about the carpet care program in your facility? Do you know what your custodial contractor has implemented in terms of frequency, or the type of maintenance and machines that are used on the carpets you’ve invested in? That’s right. Type of maintenance. I’d bet a few of you thought hmm…there’s vacuuming and steam cleaning right? Wrong. And in fact, the options have really changed the way many custodial teams develop their carpet maintenance programs. First let’s be clear about steam cleaning. It’s just that, it uses steam. Often times people use steam cleaning and hot water extraction interchangeably, but they are two different methods. If you’re not sure what’s happening on your carpets, start asking questions. Find out what’s being done and how often. Why? Because each method has its pros and cons, but the latest technology, encapsulation, has quickly becoming a key element to carpet care programs, sometimes taking over the deep cleaning process entirely. You’re intrigued right? Only Facility Managers answered yes to that question but that’s what we’re here for. That’s why we share our experience and recommendations. Because we’re here for you, Facility Managers. YOU are our customers. And your customers, are our customers too. So keep reading… Believe it or not, encapsulation programs have been around for about 25 years. It’s a low moisture carpet cleaning program. It’ll never fully replace the extraction method, but it can eliminate the need to shove water and detergent into your carpet multiple times […]
A Christmas Poem… (12/20/2018) - ‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the airport, No airline was open, and no passengers on the concourse. The last flight was delayed for what seemed like no reason, but everyone was still happy this holiday season. The aircraft were nestled all snug on the tarmac, while I focused on my job and stayed on track. With my lift in place and my supplies in hand, I set out to high dust and bring this project to an end. When all of a sudden there arose such a clatter, and I looked around to see what was the matter. Out of the window I could see him there, Santa had stopped outside with his eight reindeer! I couldn’t believe it, but then I knew, of course he hit an airport with is reindeer crew! How else did he get to every house on one night? With a little magic and probably help from a quick flight.
San Antonio Airport Scores High in ASQ with DFS Team Members Supporting Those Goals! (12/17/2018) - According to Airports Council International (ACI) World, the San Antonio International Airport (SAT) ranked second among 48 different airports in the North American category. The Airport Service Quality (ASQ) awards are announced each quarter to showcase airports that exemplify a superior customer experience and rank high in customer service surveys. SAT has consistently placed in the top three for the past three years. In the latest rankings for the third quarter, SAT scored 4.44 in Overall Satisfaction based upon a 1-5 rating system. The customer panel based their scores on speed of baggage delivery, courtesy and efficiency of check-in, ease of flight connections, customs inspection and cleanliness of airport and courtesy of staff. “We’ve built a culture here at SAT where exceeding –not just meeting- our customer’s expectations is the standard”, said Karen W. Ellis, Chief Customer Experience Office, San Antonio Airport System. SAT has received an ASQ Award for outstanding customer service for the last three years. The airport served nearly 10 million passengers this year and offers flights to 53 non-stop destinations. Other airports in the same category as SAT include – Austin, Columbus, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kentucky, Cleveland, San Jose and Edmonton The DFS team at SAT truly exemplifies the DFS culture and sets out to do their best every day. ASQ scores clearly outline the team’s impact on the airport’s overall ranking and we’re so excited to be a part of the customers’ services at SAT. A special thank you to all of the DFS team […]
The Custodian (12/5/2018) - Dictionary.com Custodian [kuh-stoh-dee-uh n], (noun): a person who has custody; keeper; guardian. a person entrusted with guarding or maintaining a property; janitor. Merriam-webster.com Definition of custodian: one that guards and protects or maintains, especially: one entrusted with guarding and keeping property or records. Vocabulary.com The word custodian comes from Latin custos, meaning “guardian,” and anyone who looks after something can be a custodian. You might be the custodian of your club’s records — you take care of the files and keep them up to date. Or you could be the custodian of the crown jewels — you hold the keys to the treasury and it’s your job to make sure the jewels don’t get lost or stolen. Etymonline.com Custodian (n.): 1781, “one who has the care or custody of anything” (a library, a lunatic, etc.), from custody (Latin custodia) + -an. In this sense Middle English had custode (late 14c.), custodier (late 15c.). As “janitor,” by 1944, American English, short for custodian-janitor (by 1899). Related: Custodianship. The True Definition of Custodian Working in the facilities and operations industry, we’re often quick to define a Custodian in a way that strictly relates to cleaning. But the definition of a custodian, no matter where you look, clearly defines that words as something more…a caretaker, a guardian, a protector. Custodians, often referred to as janitors, are more than just the person who pulls your trash. Custodians share in a responsibility to “protect” your facility, “guard” your facility’s assets, and “care” for the facility in the background, often at […]
DFS Managers – Team Work in the Office and on a Soccer Field (11/26/2018) - Last season, Deportivo Teco won the Jalisco Soccer League women’s soccer championship, in an undefeated season. Three of these women – Maria, Mayra and Nancy – are members of the DFS management team. They work together both in the office and on a field and we’re proud to support the team with a uniform sponsorship this season. Great work! On the soccer field, and out in the field as DFS representatives! See the article from their local news CLICK HERE