"I loved this book so much that I gave a copy to several co-workers. The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace helped me to understand the most appropriate ways to show affirmation and give positive feedback to co-workers and volunteers in ways that speak to them based on their primary "Appreciation Language." Great team building exercise to do with department staff, managerial teams, or executive teams." Reviewed by Sue D, Net Galley, May 16, 2014, Rated 5 of 5 stars.
Chapman's bestselling The Five Love Languages meets psychologist White's work with businesses, and a new "Languages" application is born. According to the authors, the main reason for job satisfaction or dissatisfaction is "whether or not the individual feels appreciated and valued for the work they do." The book presents the five languages of appreciation—Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Acts of Service, Tangible Gifts, Physical Touch—and how they are applied in the workplace. Chapman and White call it the "Motivating by Appreciation" model, explained in the book and offered online at appreciationatwork.com. The authors provide much useful information for owners, managers, and workers in industries ranging from nonprofits to schools, medical offices to manufacturers. They pay special attention to volunteers. This is a well-researched, useful book for business leaders that offers a much needed message that won't wear out with repetition: "If people enjoy their work and feel appreciated... they are far more likely to have organizational loyalty and work hard." The book comes from a Christian publisher, but has wide application. (Aug.)
Lack of appreciation results in lost productivity, low morale, and, ultimately, costly workforce turnover. Capitalizing on the ongoing success of his The 5 Love Languages, Chapman joins with psychologist White to translate the love languages for the workplace. The inclusion of the MBA Inventory will assist one's determination of and actions to express appreciation. Appreciation languages work for individuals to share with their supervisory or peer-to-peer expressions of appreciation. Veteran narrator Wes Bleed holds the listener's attention from chapter to chapter. Practical and appropriate for all workplace or volunteer environments, highly recommended for all adult listeners.—M. Gail Preslar, formerly with Eastman Chemical Co. Business Lib., Kingsport, TN