APPRECIATION IN THE WORKPLACE
Do you feel valued at work by your manager, your colleagues or your employees? And do you know how to truly appreciate others?
If your answer is a definite NO to both questions, and you wish to learn more, please go straight to the end of this page! Here you’ll find more about the MBA Inventory, you can book a presentation or a workshop, and/or purchase a book on the appreciation in the workplace. If you’re simply curious, please read on!
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO FEEL APPRECIATED AT YOUR WORKPLACE?
Several studies show that if you feel acknowledged and appreciated at your place of work, chances are that you will contribute more, and even determine whether you decide to stay in your job. Satisfactory salary levels and an interesting job are definitely important factors, but in the end it’s not sufficient to keep you motivated.
Studies also show that the company benefits when managers and staff improve their ability to praise each other – for the simple reason that happy employees feel safe, and thus want to – and are able to – perform better.
These findings hopefully don’t come as a surprise: as human beings we want to be appreciated for who we are and what we do. As Steven Covey (author of the bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) has put it:
“Next to physical survival, the greatest need of a human being is psychological survival, to be understood, to be affirmed, to be validated, to be appreciated”.
HOW GOOD ARE WE WHEN IT COMES TO APPRECIATING OUR COLLEAGUES, EMPLOYEES AND MANAGERS?
Many workplaces are already aware that managers and employees need to feel valued. Successes are celebrated and there are recognition schemes in place. Many places give a gift and a note from the CEO once or twice a year. Performance management interviews are used to praise and recognize the individual or group.
However, the procedures in place are often not sufficient. In order for employees to feel acknowledged and appreciated – generic, superficial or rare praise is not enough. To be truly impactful, praise should be specific, individual, regular and authentic. Otherwise it’s of little consequence or – even worse – can be seen as insincere, and thereby risk having the completely opposite effect
The good news is that true appreciation can be mastered!
One of the ways to get better at appreciating your colleagues, is to understand how and when they feel valued – because it’s not the same for everyone! We are used to using words to show our appreciation, and words can be really powerful. What is not so well-known is that there some people, who generally feel that words are empty, and what would really make a difference to them is if a colleague helps them reach a pressing deadline. Another group of people prefer quality time with colleagues or manager, e.g. if their manager sits down and takes the time to hear their views on how to solve a problem. These are just examples of what we call:
THE FIVE LANGUAGES OF APPRECIATION IN THE WORKPLACE
As an Associate Partner with HUMAN UNIVERZ http://www.humanuniverz.com/#!welcome/c23dp, I work with the concept developed by Dr. Paul White and Dr. Gary Chapman:
The five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace http://www.appreciationatwork.com/5-languages-appreciation-workplace/
WHICH LANGUAGE IS YOUR FAVORITE?
Take the MBA Inventory and discover your language of appreciation and the specific actions that encourage you!
The MBA Inventory is an assessment tool which
- helps you, your colleagues and your manager to understand the ways in which you feel appreciated and encouraged
- allows the people you work with to understand how they best communicate their appreciation to you.
The MBA Inventory currently costs DKK 100, – excl. VAT. (US$ 15)
Purchase the test by writing an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Book me or my colleagues in HUMAN UNIVERZ and we’ll have a talk about how you can become fluent in the five languages!
Get to know the ideas behind the five languages and how they can be used. The presentation is a great way to get introduced to the tool and be inspired to start appreciating your colleagues!
We facilitate workshops, where you’ll have the opportunity to work more in depth with the five languages in order for you to be able to put it into practical use at your workplace.
The book “Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace” can be purchased from HUMAN UNIVERZ: email@example.com, or ordered via Amazon. The book will be published in Danish in 2016.
INTRIGUED? DO CONTACT ME!
You are welcome to contact me by phone + 45 20 54 60 09 or firstname.lastname@example.org