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5.0 out of 5 starsEVERY COMPANY SHOULD HAVE THIS BOOK
Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2019
I am head of morale in my team, and this book has been incredibly eye opening. This is a worthwhile investment that could have exponential effects on every aspect of how our jobs function. The possibilities are endless.
Purchased a new book, but the code was already used. The whole reason I purchased the book was to take the test and use the book as a resource. The book itself has great information in it. EDIT: After returning the book, they shipped me a new one with a working code within a day with no extra charge.
Great summation of all the love languages and how they can be used in the workplace to show appreciation. If you’re familiar with the 5 love languages this will be an easy read. It includes Generational differences in love language expression, specifics for different style work places/different industries, expressing appreciation when working with volunteers, challenges that make expressing appreciation hard and how to overcome them, Lots of examples and case studies as well as Q&A. There are thought probing questions that guide the reader to understand their language of appreciation as well as language of appreciation for their coworkers and bosses. Love how the book stresses that it’s not just bosses that should show appreciation to subordinate but that coworkers and bosses need to be shown appreciation by employees as well. I received a digital copy of this book from netgalley. This has in no way influenced this review. I wasn’t required to write a review. All thoughts are my own.
The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Gary Chapman and Paul White (originally publishes in 2012, this is the newest edition) is based off of Gary Chapman's original book The 5 Love Languages. Applying the concepts of The 5 Love Languages to work is a bit challenging but Chapman and White make it easy to relate to the examples of how to understand how people accept appreciation and respect at work.
Each person is different, but generally people will fall into one of the five areas where they accept appreciation. One of the biggest things this book accomplishes is explaining that some people just don't accept appreciation in the common business standard ways. For example, some people do not like public acknowledgement as it is very embarrassing for them. There are many examples and later in the book, challenges to overcome. The important thing is to find out how your co-workers and employees like to be shown appreciation. It shows respect and acknowledges the differences in a way that encourages diversity.
Another concern I think most employees would have going into reading a book like this is that employers would find yet another way to "motivate" employees by handing out appreciation awards in order to get them to perform better. This is definitely addressed in The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace. Overall I think it cuts through the lame reasons that employers try to manipulate and embraces the unique qualities of employees. Showing appreciation is an excellent way to keep your staff motivated and energized! Who doesn't want that?
This book addressed a lot of the blind-spots I was never aware of.
The 5 languages of appreciation all deprive of the 5 languages of Love from Chapman's most famous book -> this book explains how they can be used to boost employees morale in the workplace. An example in the book was that when employees receive gift cards and such, it can seem impersonal, and for people whose love languages aren't physical gifts, they would not appreciate it as much. Now, if gifts were sent out with a personal note from their direct manager, that would improve how much the employees feel appreciated. For some, their language of appreciation may be quality time, and that could possibly translate to more one-on-one meetings where direct managers give feedback as well as praise to employees instead of holding a company wide award ceremony.
The book included a lot of scenarios and examples that could be applied - I found this book helpful with applicable key takeaways.
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.
If you think this book is for managers/leaders you are wrong and precisely this is one of the lessons of this book: sometimes is more meaningful if comes from your coworker and not from the boss. I think is a great book but to me some chapters (like 2) are useless: the chapter is a bunch of numbers to try to express how appreciation in work can save money to the company. On other section they give a bad example of motivation "your desktop is so neat, other people in the department are not like this" you do not have to put others down to give a compliment to someone.