The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People

by Gary Chapman, Paul White

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Overview

Based on the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages®(over 12 million copies sold),

Dramatically improve workplace relationships simply by learning your coworkers’ language of appreciation.

This book will give you the tools to improve staff morale, create a more positive workplace, and increase employee engagement. How? By teaching you to effectively communicate authentic appreciation and encouragement to employees, co-workers, and leaders. Most relational problems in organizations flow from this question: do people feel appreciated? This book will help you answer “Yes!”

A bestseller—having sold over 300,000 copies and translated into 16 languages—this book has proven to be effective and valuable in diverse settings. Its principles about human behavior have helped businesses, non-profits, hospitals, schools, government agencies, and organizations with remote workers.

PLUS! Each book contains a free access code for taking the online Motivating By Appreciation (MBA) Inventory (does not apply to purchases of used books). The assessment identifies a person’s preferred languages of appreciation to help you apply the book. When supervisors and colleagues understand their coworkers’ primary and secondary languages, as well as the specific actions they desire, they can effectively communicate authentic appreciation, thus creating healthy work relationships and raising the level of performance across an entire team or organization.

Take your team to the next level by applying The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace.

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ISBN-13: 9780802418401
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 13,057
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author


GARY CHAPMAN--author, speaker, counselor--has a passion for people and for helping them form lasting relationships. He is the #1 bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. For more information visit his website at www.5lovelanguages.com.

PAUL WHITE, PhD, is a psychologist, author, and speaker who "makes work relationships work." He has consulted with a wide variety of organizations, including Microsoft, the US Air Force, the Million Dollar Round Table, and Princeton University. He and Gary Chapman coauthored The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace.

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The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace

Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People
By GARY D. CHAPMAN PAUL E. WHITE

NORTHFIELD PUBLISHING

Copyright © 2011 Gary D. Chapman and Paul E. White
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8024-6198-8


Chapter One

MOTIVATING BY APPRECIATION:

The Concept

I (Gary) was having dinner with a friend who is a paid employee of a large nonprofit organization. I shared with him that Dr. White and I were working on the Motivating by Appreciation Project. When I finished my brief overview, 1 said to him, "Could I ask you a personal question about your own work?" "Certainly," he said.

I continued, "On a scale of 0–10, how appreciated do you feel by your immediate supervisor?" "About 5," he said. I could detect a tinge of disappointment in his voice when he said 5.

My second question followed. "On a scale of 0–10, how appreciated do you feel by your coworkers?" "About an 8," he said. "How many people work closely with you?" I inquired. "Two," he responded. "Do you feel equally appreciated by the two of them?" I asked. "No," he said. "One would be a 6 and the other a 9. That's why I said about an 8."

Research indicates that employees favor recognition from managers and supervisors by a margin of 2–1 over recognition from coworkers. However, most of us would agree that if we feel appreciated by our coworkers, life is much more pleasant. Whether you are a business owner, CEO, supervisor, or a coworker, this book is designed to help you communicate appreciation in a way that will be meaningful to the individuals with whom you work.

Why is feeling appreciated so important in a work setting? Because each of us wants to know that what we are doing matters. Without a sense of being valued by supervisors and colleagues, workers start to feel like a machine or a commodity. If no one notices a person's commitment to doing the job well, motivation tends to diminish over time. Steven Covey, author of the bestselling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, feels so strongly about people's need for appreciation that he states: "Next to physical survival, the greatest need of a human being is psychological survival, to be understood, to be affirmed, to be validated, to be appreciated."

When relationships are nor nurtured by a sense of appreciation, the results are predictable:

• Team members will experience a lack of connectedness with others and with the mission of the organization.

• Workers will tend to become discouraged, feeling "There is always more to do and no one appreciates what I'm doing."

• Often employees will begin to complain about their work, their colleagues, and their supervisor.

• Eventually, team members start to think seriously about leaving the organization and they begin to search for other employment.

WHY "JUST SAY THANKS" DOESN'T WORK

Communicating appreciation to employees and colleagues sounds pretty easy and straightforward. In many ways, it is. However, we also know that for the communication of appreciation to effectively encourage the other person, several factors must be considered.

First, researchers have found that attempts to communicate appreciation globally across an organization are not very effective. For recognition and appreciation to be effective, they must be individualized and delivered personally. Trying a general "just say thanks" campaign across the company will not have much impact. In fact, in our work with companies, we have found that this type of approach can actually backfire and spark a negative reaction from employees. People want appreciation to be genuine. Workers are skeptical of programs implemented from the top down where supervisors are given an instruction to "communicate appreciation for each team member at least once a week." While we all want to know that we are valued, we want it to be authentic, not contrived.

Second, appreciation needs to be viewed as valuable to the recipient in order to have an impact. This is directly related to the necessity for individualized communication. Just as individuals have a primary love language in family relationships, they also have a primary appreciation language in the work setting.

The challenge, from the supervisor's perspective, is to know what actions hit the mark and effectively communicate appreciation to a team member. This is why we developed the MBA Inventory, along with the specific "action items" for each language of appreciation. We wanted to develop a tool that provided accurate, individualized actions business owners and organizational leaders can use to show their appreciation for their team members without having to guess about what will be most significant to the employee. We agree with Buckingham and Clifton who state in their bestselling Now, Discover Your Strengths: "To excel as a manager, to turn your people's talents into productive, powerful strengths, requires an additional all-important ingredient. Lacking this ingredient ... you will never reach excellence. The all-important ingredient is individualization."

Third, another important research finding is that employees are more likely to "burn out" when they do not feel appreciated or emotionally supported by their supervisors. In today's financial climate, businesses have had to reduce the number of employees, raises and financial compensation have been slowed or halted, and the demands on employees are greater than ever. This is the perfect set of conditions for employees to become discouraged. More work, less support from others, little financial incentive, and fear about the future combine to make employees feel insecure.

We have found many organizations that are looking for ways to encourage their team members and reward them for work well done but are no longer able to use financial rewards to accomplish this purpose. This is especially true in the areas of government, schools, social service agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Directors and administrators now must find ways to encourage team members that do not require large amounts of financial resources.

Finally, there is a bit of good news for these business leaders. When leaders actively pursue communicating appreciation to their team members, the whole work culture improves. Ultimately, the managers report that they are enjoying their work more. All of us thrive in an atmosphere of appreciation.

WHEN APPRECIATION MISSES THE MARK

As previously noted, each of us has a primary and secondary language of appreciation. Our primary language communicates more deeply to us than the others. Although we will accept appreciation in all five languages, we will not feel truly encouraged unless the message is communicated through our primary language. When messages are sent repeatedly in ways outside of that language, the intent of the message "misses the mark" and loses the impact the sender had hoped for.

We all tend to communicate to others in ways that are most meaningful to us—we "speak our own language." However, if the message is not the appreciation language of the employee, it may not mean to them what it would mean to you. That is why many employees are not encouraged when they receive a reward as part of the company's recognition plan—it doesn't speak in their preferred language of appreciation.

For example, Ellen consistently leads her department in sales and with the highest marks in customer service. At their department's quarterly meetings, she is regularly called forward to receive a reward. For Ellen, this is like torture. She hates to be in front of groups and she doesn't want public attention. What she would value is time with her supervisor regularly where she could share her ideas on how to improve customer service. Ellen's primary language of appreciation is Quality Time, not Words of Affirmation. Giving her public recognition is embarrassing to Ellen and a negative experience for her—clearly not affirming.

This process of miscommunication can be frustrating to both the sender and the recipient. Consider the following scenario: "What is the matter with Mike?" Claricia asked a colleague. "I tell him he is doing a good job. I even bought him tickets to a Yankees game this weekend to show him how much I appreciated the extra hours he put in to get the project done. And yet, he mopes around here and tells Jim that he doesn't feel the management team really values what he does. What does he want?"

What Mike wants is help from his teammates when a project needs to be done. He doesn't like to work by himself, although he will if necessary. He values Acts of Service and would be really encouraged if either his colleagues or his supervisor would stay late with him some evening and pitch in to help him get the project done. Telling him "Thanks" or giving him some tangible gift after the fact is okay, but it doesn't really meet his emotional need for feeling appreciated.

Consider the following example related to our physical needs. At various times throughout the day, we might feel thirsty, hungry, or physically tired. And someone who wants to help make us feel better may take it upon themselves to provide what they perceive we need. But if you are thirsty for a glass of water, and they offer you a seat to rest upon—it's nice, but it doesn't quench your thirst. Or if you are exhausted from working outside all day and a friend gives you a snack but doesn't let you sit down to rest, the food may temporarily give you a boost of energy but the action doesn't fully give you the rest you desire. Similarly, acts of encouragement or demonstrations of appreciation in ways that are not meaningful to a coworker may be appreciated as a nice gesture, but one's deeper need for appreciation remains unmet.

WHO CAN USE THE MOTIVATING BY APPRECIATION CONCEPTS?

When we began our research, we visualized supervisors using the principles of motivating by appreciation to enhance the work relationships with those they supervise. However, as we field-tested the model across a variety of organizations (for-profit/not-for-profit, and among a variety of industries), we found an interesting response. The concept of encouraging colleagues and showing appreciation to coworkers was valued by individuals in virtually all roles and settings. Repeatedly and consistently, team members were excited about using the concepts with their peers and colleagues as much as within the context of supervisory relationships. Our conclusion is that people want to encourage and show appreciation to those with whom they work regardless of the organizational role they have.

As a result, throughout the book, you will find that we switch back and forth both in our terminology (supervisor, manager, coworker, team member, and colleague) and in the examples we use. In essence, the principles can apply regardless of the type of formal positional relationship you have with others.

This leads to the overall thesis of this book. We believe that people in the workplace (whether a paid or volunteer position) need to feel appreciation in order for them to enjoy their job, do their best work, and continue working over the long haul. Understanding how you are encouraged and how those with whom you work experience encouragement can significantly improve your relationships in the workplace, increase your job satisfaction, and create a more positive work environment. It is our intent to provide the tools, resources, and information to help you gather this knowledge and apply it in a practical, meaningful way in your work setting.

If you're not convinced that your workplace needs improved communication of appreciation, please see the resource "Picking Up Some Not-So-Subtle Cues That Your Colleagues Need to Feel Appreciated" in the Appreciation Toolkit at the back of this book or at our website (appreciationatwork.com/resources). You may also want to take the questionnaire on the site entitled, "How Dysfunctional Is Your Workplace?" This may provide a humorous but insightful perspective on your workplace environment.

Making It Personal

Reflect on the following:

1. On a scale of 0–10, how appreciated do you feel by your immediate supervisor?

2. On a scale of 0–10, how appreciated do you feel by each of your coworkers?

3. When you are feeling discouraged at work, what actions by others have encouraged you?

4. When you want to communicate appreciation to your colleagues, how do you typically do so?

5. How well do you believe you and your coworkers know how to express appreciation to one another?

6. How interested are you in finding effective ways to support and encourage those with whom you work and thus create a more positive work environment?

Chapter Two

FOR BUSINESS LEADERS:

Understanding the Return on Investment from Appreciation and Encouragement

Business leaders, whether they are owners or managers, are strongly focused on the profitability of the business and the return on investment (ROI) being produced for the owners. In fact, ROI is one of the measuring sticks by which executives and managers are monitored regarding their professional performance. While most owners want their staff to enjoy their work and have positive attitudes about the company, ultimately business leaders assess the benefits of any program or activity in terms of its impact on the financial health of the company. If an activity—like the MBA model—does not add to the health of the company and at the same time may take away focus and energy, why would a manager want to try it?

Often when we share the Motivating by Appreciation model with business executives and organizational leaders, ultimately the question "Why?" arises. "Why should we be concerned about communicating appreciation to our employees? We pay them fairly. In these economic conditions, they should be thankful they have a job. Yes, on the one hand, I want them to be happy and feel appreciated; but, on the other hand, we are running a business here. This is not about hugs and warm fuzzies—it is about providing goods and services while making a profit."

This response is neither unusual nor unreasonable for those who are responsible for the financial health of a business. The world of work is a demanding environment with harsh realities. Managers and directors have to deal with global competition, reduced budgets, increased taxes, and often an untrained workforce. No one has extra time or energy to waste on projects that do not contribute to the success of the organization. So, a reality-based question that needs to be answered is: "What benefits will I (or my organization) gain from engaging in a process of consistently communicating appreciation to my staff?"

In this chapter, we want to answer that question so that business leaders can determine whether or not the benefits outweigh the cost of time and energy to invest in the process of motivating by appreciation.

HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED!

When we started this project in 2006, many reports were proclaiming the approaching problem of not being able to find quality employees. At that time, some of the chief issues facing employers were a less-than-adequately trained workforce, employees who often did not have a good work ethic, and a shrinking labor pool given the aging of the baby boomer generation.

Now, of course, employers and employees face a different world. The increasing globalization of economics and the world marketplace that Thomas Friedman first explored in his recent bestseller The World Is Flat has become a reality. In the past, businesses competed either with other local, regional, or sometimes national firms. However, now most companies (and those individuals looking for jobs) have global competition from businesses in China, India, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Brazil, and many other locales. Businesses are now forced to function in an evermore-competitive environment.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

Section 1: Foundations
Chapter 1: Motivating by Appreciation: The Concept
Chapter 2: For Business Leaders: Understanding the Return on Investment from Appreciation and Encouragement

Section 2: The 5 Languages of Appreciation
Chapter 3: Appreciation Language #1: Words of Appreciation
Chapter 4: Appreciation Language #2: Quality Time
Chapter 5: Appreciation Language #3: Acts of Service
Chapter 6: Appreciation Language #4: Tangible Gifts
Chapter 7: Appreciation Language #5: Physical Touch

Section 3: Applying the Concepts to Daily Life
Chapter 8: Discover Your Primary Appreciation Language: The MBA Inventory
Chapter 9: Your Least Valued Language of Appreciation: Your Potential Blind Spot
Chapter 10: The Difference between Recognition and Appreciation
Chapter 11: Motivating by Appreciation in Various Industry Sectors
Chapter 12: The Unique Characteristics of Volunteer Settings

Section 4: Overcoming Common Obstacles
Chapter 13: Does a Person's Language of Appreciation Change over Time? 
Chapter 14: Motivating byt Appreciation: Overcoming Your Challenges 
Chapter 15: Authentic Appreciation: What to do When You Don't Appreciate Your Team Members

Conclusion: Now It's Your Turn

Appreciation Toolkit: Resources to Use and Share with Others

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher


PRAISE F OR THE 5 LANG UAGES OF APPRECIATION IN THE W ORKPLACE

After twenty years of coaching leaders at all levels, and educating thousands of professional

coaches around the world, I believe there are two universal things that ignite excellence

within people: recognition of their uniqueness and acknowledgement that they matter. The 5

Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace gives individuals, teams, and entire organizations

an invaluable resource to do just that by making appreciation a foundational part of

their culture.

AMY RUPPERT, Master Certified Coach; CEO, The Integreship Group; Past National

President, the International Coaching Federation

Good leaders are known for their technical skills. Great leaders are known and remembered

for how they make people feel. The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace is a must-have

resource for any leader who wants to move the bar from being a good leader to a great leader.

KAREN ALBER, Founding Partner, The Integreship Group; Former Chief Information

Officer, HJ Heinz

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace has helped change the way managers around

the world think about appreciation in the workplace. New research on the positive benefits

to organizations when employees feel valued and appreciated for their contributions, generational

differences, the special needs of remote employees, and peer-to-peer appreciation,

are welcomed additions to a book that has already become a management classic. This book

will be equally valuable to those who are at the start of their burgeoning management careers

as it will be to seasoned managers by providing practical tips on how to engage the increasingly

diverse workforce with relevant and relatable solutions.

PETER HART, President & CEO, Rideau, Inc.; Director, Advisory Board, Wharton

Center for Human Resources, University of Pennsylvania

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace has been a pivotal resource helping our

employees and culture grow and mature. It is amazing to see how trust grows when care and

appreciation are shown, as the correct language of appreciation for each employee is utilized.

The insights found in this book are applicable to all generations and skill sets: introverts to

extroverts, technical to relational abilities—all have been able to apply these principles for

meaningful growth.

EVAN WILSON, Chief Experience Officer, Meritrust Credit Union

There is a continual cry for authenticity in our workplaces and communities. This updated

version of The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace brings a deeper understanding

of HOW to be authentic in expressing individual value in a variety of circumstances. The

business case for adopting The 5 Languages of Appreciation is stronger than ever, and this

new edition provides the research foundation for the return on investment to organizations

when they commit to building a strong, positive workplace culture, one coworker at a time!

DAN AGNE, Owner and Principal Consultant, The Agne Group; Director of Sales

Effectiveness, The Brooks Group; Associate Pastor, Open Bible Christian Church,

Dayton, Ohio

I greatly appreciate this second edition of The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace.

White and Chapman have done an exceptional job of mixing statistics with stories and infusing

research into relevancy. They give readers a nuanced approach to appreciating others

at work that will enhance leaders’ and colleagues’ appreciation-literacy skills in being able to

draw out the best in others at work (and home).

DAVID ZINGER, Founder, The Global Employee Experience & Engagement Network;

Coauthor, People Artists: Drawing Out the Best in Others at Work

Drs. Chapman and White’s perspective about the reality of managers’ lives is spot on.

Managers don’t have capacity to give as much appreciation as the human spirit of their direct

reports craves, in most cases. “It takes a village to raise a child” applies just as much to nurturing

the fundamental needs of all human beings to be understood, valued, and appreciated.

We all live, to some degree, in a “village” community and the principles in The 5 Languages of

Appreciation in the Workplace make it much easier to do what most people intuitively want

to give and receive.

TIM MYERS, Materials Lab Manager-Metallography, Honeywell, Inc.

Appreciation isn’t just a manager issue; it is a coworker issue. It is an employee appreciating

their leader issue, and a vendor to employee issue—the list goes on and on. In The 5 Languages

of Appreciation in the Workplace, Drs. Chapman and White give us the vision to create a culture

with everyone valuing and appreciating one another no matter the role they have in the

organization.

TIFFANY SNIPES, Learning & Development Consultant, BJC Institute for Learning and

Development

As a longtime user of the 5 Languages approach, I was excited to see the new material that has

been added to highlight the proven financial benefits of appreciation, working with remote

and virtual teams, appreciation across generations, and making a strong case for the overall

increase in employee engagement. We continue to offer training on The 5 Languages of

Appreciation in the Workplace as a valuable tool to our member companies. We have found

that when team members learn what others actually value in regards to showing appreciation

to each other, areas like team morale, cohesiveness, unity, and especially productivity

increase, and drama decreases.

DAVE TIPPETT, Director, On Site Learning and Consulting, The Employers’ Association

Understanding The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace has been critical to our success

in building a strong team and maintaining a positive culture. I aspire daily to demonstrate

authentic appreciation toward my team members, peers, and leadership team. The focus on

appreciation has increased employee engagement and strengthened our team dynamic.

MICHELLE SUTTER, Director of Sales, Holland America Line

Working with Dr. White brought to light the importance of building a sustainable appreciation

culture. Through his workshops and personalized recognition tools, we are starting to

see improved team dynamics and our appreciation communication shifting in the direction

of tomorrow. While it didn’t come naturally at first, we are learning to recognize each other’s

language of appreciation and it is making a big difference.

JOANNA ZIARNIK, Research & Innovation, L’Oreal USA

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PaulHill More than 1 year ago
One challenge faced by leaders of non-profits and large church staffs is adequately communicating appreciation to employees, coworkers and others involved in the work of ministry. As Drs. White and Chapman acknowledge, the financial downturn has reduced the amount of financial resources available for communicating appreciation and a job well done to employees in the for-profit world as well as in the non-profit world. The fact that financial bonuses aren't adequate in every employment context, and also not available, only highlights the timeliness of "The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace." The assessment instrument that is included with the book is an excellent resource and one that enables supervisors, managers and pastors accurately express appreciation to those they work with. As the pastor of a congregation I have found the assessment along with the book extremely helpful not merely with employees but also with key volunteers. By discovering what a specific volunteer's language of appreciation is I find that I can better support and encourage them in their work. This contributes to longevity and assists them in avoiding burnout. Finally, there are two points that make this book exceptional. While Dr. White didn't include "Physical Touch" in the assessment instrument (for obvious reasons) he does discuss it giving suggestions on how this language of appreciation can be expressed without awkwardness or impropriety. Also, the "toolkit" at the end of the book is extremely helpful in the application of the principles of the book to specific work contexts.
EAPAdam More than 1 year ago
High turnover of quality employees is felt by businesses right where it hurts the most - net profit. Retaining valuable workers is essential to long term growth and success of any organization. In my opinion, the more people feel appreciated at work the less likely conflict will occur, even possibly preventing workplace lawsuits. The book The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace gives the reader practical tools for maintaining your most valuable work place asset - your employees. This book is a quick read that is well written and entertaining. I recommend this book for all leaders who want to create a first class positive work culture. I'm sorry to say that if I would have applied this material on the job years ago, much of the turmoil I have experienced at work could have been prevented.
GHott More than 1 year ago
I've thoroughly enjoyed 'The Five Languages of Love' thus far and this addition was no exception. I've worked in places where it's made me physically sick to walk through the door and I currently work in a place where they practice 'The Five Languages' teachings and have never read the books. they've taken the time to know that buying me lunch when I've a stressful workload will get me much farther and keep me pleasant much longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At office we often don't know what to do or to tell. This book give us cues to help coworkers and boss. You can change relationship between each other and get a better place to work. Thanks to Mr Chapman.
RWB2 12 months ago
The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People is written by Gary Chapman and Paul White. It's based on their bestselling book, The Five Love Languages, which promotes learning how to build a lasting love for couples. The original five love languages are considered Acts of Service, Gifts, Physical Touch, Quality Time, and Words of Affirmation. However, this book focuses on utilizing this same concept in the workplace, by providing detailed information about the five love languages. Also it features practical ways to help your colleagues feel valued in a positive work environment. This book is divided into eighteen chapters: What Employees Want Most, For Business Leasers: Why Appreciation Is a Good Investment, Appreciation: From Both Managers and Peers, Appreciation Language #1: Words of Affirmation, Appreciation Language #2: Quality Time, Appreciation Language #3: Acts of Service, Appreciation Language #4: Tangible Gifts, Appreciation Language #5: Physical Touch, Discover Your Primary Appreciation Language: The MBA Inventory, The Difference between Recognition and Appreciation, Your Potential Blind Spot: Your Least Valued Language, Appreciation with Remote Employees and Virtual Teams, Generational Differences and Other FAQs, How Appreciation Works in Different Settings, Does a Person's Language of Appreciation Ever Change?, Overcoming Your Challenges, What If You Don't Appreciate Your Team Members?, and Now It's Your Turn. There are additional sections titled as Preface to the Updated Edition, Introduction, Notes, and About the Authors. The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace is a resource for all employees, especially supervisors. Note: I received this book from Moody Newsroom, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
Feeling appreciated in the workplace is important. It assures longevity and productivity, and improves relationships and work environment (among a host of other things.) But most importantly (to me, anyway) is it promotes happiness. If you feel useful and appreciated it is both inspiring and fulfilling. The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace is encouraging and awakening. Just as we all have varied love languages, different things and actions make us feel appreciated. Chapter 11, dealing with our potential blind spots and our least valued language, was particularly eye opening to me. As a leader at a previous job, I can see now how I might’ve (and probably did) overlooked ways I could’ve made others feel rightfully valued and appreciated. This is a great book. It isn’t one you must read cover to cover, but when you find your language, or the language of a coworker, it warrants a deeper look into that particular chapter. Even if I’m no longer in the workforce, this book speaks volumes in how to treat others and make them feel appreciated in their own personal language. I learned a lot and found it inspiring and motivating. Opening Line (Introduction): Do you feel appreciated by the people you work with? I received a Review copy of this book and was under no obligation to post a review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
marongm8 More than 1 year ago
Every employer must read and own a copy of this book and apply it to the workplace. This book solidifies the old proverb, if your staff is happy and treated well, they will perform to their best. People always want to feel that they love going to work so that it doesn't feel like work at all. Feeling appreciated and successful is the best feeling in the world and they will never stop talking about it with their friends and family and will enjoy what they do even more because they will have validation of their performance. This will definitely be a book that we will keep for the staff as well when times get tough. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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I++think++this++is++a++great++book++for++anyone++to++read.+It+is+interesting++to++see++what++motivates+people+.+
lyndanorth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Whether or not you are a fan of Gary Chapman's 5 Love Languages books, you will enjoy this book and benefit socially in your work place by knowing how to appropriately affirm and appreciate your colleagues in the way that is meaningful to them.
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Just a sample. Too simplistic. Duh increased worker appreciation makes a business better.