Saturday, April 21, 2012

The 5 Languages Of Appreciation In The Workplace: Empowering Organizations By Encouraging People By Gary D. Chapman, Paul White

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 D. Chapman, Paul White

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The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace applies the love language concept to the workplace. This book helps supervisors and managers effectively communicate appreciation and encouragement to their employees, resulting in higher levels of job satisfaction, healthier relationships between managers and employees, and decreased cases of burnout. Ideal for both the profit and non-profit sectors, the principles presented in this book have a proven history of success in businesses, schools, medical offices, churches, and industry. Each book contains an access code for the reader to take a comprehensive online MBA Inventory (Motivating By Appreciation) - a $20 value.

The inventory is designed to provide a clearer picture of an individual's primary language of appreciation and motivation as experienced in a work-related setting. It identifies individuals' preference in the languages of appreciation. Understanding an individual's primary and secondary languages of appreciation can assist managers and supervisors in communicating effectively to their team members.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #5292 in Books
  • Published on: 2011-08-01
  • Released on: 2011-08-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .73" h x 5.83" w x 8.76" l, 1.02 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 272 pages
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From the Back Cover

Is appreciation communicated regularly at your workplace?

Do you truly feel valued by those with whom you work?

If you express appreciation in ways that aren't meaningful to your co-workers, they may not feel valued at all. The problem is you're speaking different languages. In The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Paul White will help you:

  • 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.
  • Individualize your expressions of appreciation by speaking the right language
  • Convey the language of physical touch in appropriate ways.

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.

Praise for The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace

I have really worked hard for many years to appreciate my co-workers scattered across the USA.  However, this simple process and tool has put me light years ahead.  It will greatly help your relationships and productivity as a leader." ~~~ Kent Humphreys, Chairman, American Health Partners

This book addresses not just the need for the life-giving appreciation we all need, but takes us through the process of discovering what that looks like for ourselves and for those with whom we work.  Everyone who reads this book will without doubt be better equipped to create an atmosphere of appreciation in their sphere of influence wherever that is. ~~~ Lynne Smith, Director of Leadership Development, Next LEVEL Leadership Canada

Trusting relationships are the glue that holds commerce together.  They are more important than skills or knowledge.  This book shows how to build trust on a personal level in the workplace and its principles apply for a wide variety of organizations. ~~~ Tom Nicholson, Executive Director, HR People & Strategy

About the Author

GARY CHAPMAN, PhD is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling <i>The 5 Love Languages. With over 30 years of counseling experience, he has the uncanny ability to hold a mirror up to human behavior, showing readers not just where they go wrong, but also how to grow and move forward. Dr. Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University. For more information visit his website at PAUL WHITE, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who has worked with individuals, businesses and families in a variety of settings for over 20 years. He received his B.A. from Wheaton, his Masters from Arizona State, and his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. He consults with successful businesses and high net worth families, dealing with the relational issues intertwined with business and financial wealth. In addition to serving businesses, families and organizations across the U.S., Dr. White has also spoken and consulted in Europe, Central Asia, the Caribbean, and South America. For more information, please visit his website at".

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful.
By Administrator16
I was so impressed with the book The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace. It was an easy read and had some amazing information. I was already a fan of Dr. Chapman's 5 Love Languages books which has empowered my marriage and my relationships with my children so as an office administrator I thought that I would give the Appreciation in the Workplace book a try. I was a surprised to find that my language of appreciation at work is different than my love languages with my spouse and children. It also opened my eyes to why I feel so unsettled when an employee tries to help me on a project. (Acts of Service is my least valued language in the workplace.) I have already done some research on the website for the book and am talking to my director about purchasing training kits for the rest of the management team and then eventually the staff. I have also given the book to my husband who is a production manager (even though I practically read the entire book out loud to him because I was so excited about the information in the book) so that he can show appreciation to his team too.

I would recommend this book to EVERYONE that works or volunteers with others. Especially those in a supervisory position.

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
5Practical Guide to Appreciating Others
By Thaddeus P Bartlett
This book is a quick read that explains how different people like to receive appreciation in different ways. For you hard-nosed numbers-crunchers out there, the authors do a good job making a business case for showing appreciation at work. The book is a good balance between head and heart. You need to show appreciation only when you really mean it, but you also need to intentionally focus your behavior toward others in a way that will make them feel appreciated. [And the type of appreciation you like may be very different from what your coworker likes.]

The book comes with a link and password to a web-based survey to help you identify your own languages, so you can share with others what sort of appreciation is most meaningful to you. But the most valuable use for the survey will be in giving it to others, so you can find out how to most effectively show appreciate toward them.

I work in corporate training and development, and there is no shortage of assessments that people use for trying to understand others. Each of these has its own strengths, but most of them require a fairly intense amount of study and practice to be of practical value. The value in the 5 Languages approach is that it is intuitive, easy to remember, and easy to act upon.

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
5Appreciation versus performance reviews
By RichardM
Really enjoyed the book. I came from a large retailer where our focus was on performance reviews and everyone turned it on at the mid-year point and at the end of the year. What was missing was appreciation and encouragement and that's where this book spoke to me. It's amazing what can happen to people when you offer them a little appreciation especially in their own language.
I'm familiar with the original book but didn't really see the connection to the corporate world until I read this book. There are some great examples and action items on what you can do for each language.

Our approach was to do the "blanket" approach and assume that everyone would "love" the gift or the annual luncheon. It was interesting - there were some people who would give away their gift or not show up for the lunch, and later you would hear them complain about these approaches. This book made me think - what would happen to our company if we learned to appreciate people in the language that speaks to them most.
Thanks for the insight!


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