Is appreciation communicated regularly at your workplace?
Do you truly feel valued by those with whom you work?
If you try to express appreciation in ways that aren’t meaningful to your co-workers, then they may not feel valued at all. The problem is that you’re speaking different languages.
Express genuine appreciation to co-workers and staff — even on a tight budget. Increase loyalty with the employees and volunteers in your organization. Reduce cynicism and create a more positive work environment. Improve your ability to show appreciation for difficult colleagues. Convey the language of physical touch in appropriate ways.
At work, people express and receive appreciation in different ways. Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Paul White identify these as the five languages of appreciation:
• Words of Affirmation
• Acts of Service
• Tangible Gifts
• Physical Touch
• Quality Time
Snippet of notes:
Words of Affirmation – confirming positive characteristics or achievements about a person. This is especially effective when done toward an accomplishment or efforts. It is even better in a public setting.
“Rob, your report was outstanding this morning. Your recommendations were extremely helpful. I appreciate your bringing it to our attention.”
It seems like common sense, but it can be easily overlooked in such a fast paced environment. Being more specific has a larger impact than global praise. “Good job Guys” is not as strong as “Good job on the report Rob.” It can even be degrading.
Character traits should be affirmed as well. They are more powerful than achievements.
Honesty, Integrity, Trust, Security, Compassion, Understanding, Genuine.
Based on the #1 New York Times bestseller, The 5 Love Languages, Dr. Chapman and Dr. White give you practical steps to make any workplace environment more encouraging and productive. Before you know it, you will learn to speak and understand the unique languages of appreciation and feel truly valued in return.