The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace – Book Review

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace , a book by Gary Chapman and Paul White, is a gift for anyone who struggles with how to express appreciation to others; especially in the workplace where sometimes you just don’t have a clue about how to give the person something that will be meaningful to them.

In what the authors call the “Motivation by Appreciation” model, they describe the five languages as: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Acts of Service, Tangible Gifts and Physical Touch.  They even offer an assessment so that you can see what the preferred language is for people around you.  Actually, you can probably make a pretty good guess just by watching them and how they express themselves to others.

Do they say a few kind words or give acknowledgement to those around them; do they stop by the desk or cubicle and spend a few minutes with the person?

Do they notice when someone seems overwhelmed or irritable and offers to help them on their project?

Or maybe they buy a Starbucks gift card or just give the person a high-five for a job well done.

Whatever they do for others you can assume is what they would prefer as a way of having appreciation express to them.

There is a wealth of resources on the website: http://www.appreciationatwork.com which you can download and use on Monday morning with your colleagues, your manager, your employees and members, volunteers, board members – the list is endless!!

As we launch into the holidays here, the questions of giving is always a gamble, you can’t go wrong with a good dose of appreciation expressed in the language of the recipient.

Get The Book and Pass It Around!
The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace can be ordered here for everyone on your management team or on the Board! Click here to order for Christmas from Amazon. P.S. Every book comes with a free code for a 5 Languages Assessment.

Holiday Gift Idea – 3 Keys to Success Strategy Session
If you want to express appreciation to someone in your life, maybe a good kick-off to the New Year would be a Gift Certificate for a 3 Keys to Success Strategy Session – exploring what you can do to ensure your career success in 2012. Click here to get a Gift Wrapped Certificate sent to someone you know that could use a few inspiration success strategies.

The Gift to Give Yourself!
And you can give yourself the gift of the CEO Scorecard – a quarterly review of the 4 questions of importance for you. Whether you are the CEO of your organization or the CEO of your life – this an invaluable tool to keep you on track this coming year. Click here for more information.

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  • Paul White says:

    Peggy, thanks for your kind review of our book and materials. I am finding, as I work with groups around the country, that people desperately want authentic appreciation for who they are and what they contribute. A positive word or act goes a long ways to encourage others!

    Paul White, PhD
    co-author, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace

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