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The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  4,275 ratings  ·  486 reviews
The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People, by Gary Chapman and Paul White, 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 betwe ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Northfield Publishing (first published July 6th 2011)
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Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: professional
It's hard to argue with the major premise of the book: that feeling appreciated is critical for employees in all fields, and that each person has a different set of things that make him or her feel that appreciation. And there were indeed a number of suggestions contained in the book that made good sense.

However, it was at least twice as long as it needed to be, with a lot of unneccesary repetition. People who need or would have an interest in this book are, almost by definition, busy, and would
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, nonfiction
There's some helpful information in here that I hope will help me inspire my staff, but it's bogged down by what is essentially a 230-page advertisement for Chapman and White's consultation services. My suggestion: read Sections 1 and 2, and scan through Section 4 if you need. ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I like Gary Chapman's books on love languages, especially the one about teenagers. I do agree with the his main point....that everyone values different displays of love and appreciation. While I'm not a "gold star" girl, I do love when someone steps up to help me out because, I'd never ask for it.

This book is about appreciation in the workplace. If I'm being completely honest, this book kind of made me a little bitter. I work for the government and they don't believe in employee appreciation...
Karen ⊰✿
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Re-read 2022* Great to be reminded of the languages of appreciation, especially in the contect of remote teams. A book any leader should read**

This was a pretty interesting read as the author (Gary Chapman) has taken his "5 love languages" and with the help of Paul White, altered them to suit the workplace and provide guidance for how to provide your co-workers, manager and staff with appreciation that will motivate them.

The book essentially explains the background for the MBA inventory (Motiv
Aug 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-book-list
The 5 Love Languages is a must-book, especially if you're married.

This book was helpful but I think it would have been just as good as a blog post. The most helpful insight was explaining the difference between recognition of employees and appreciation of employees. "Recognition is largely about behavior. Appreciation focuses on performance plus the employee's value as a person. Recognition is about improving performance and focuses on what is good for the company. Appreciation emphasizes what
Told my manager that I would read this book, 5 languages of appreciation at Work. It wasn't "WHOA!" enlightening or anything but I did want to confirm what I thought my language of appreciation would be, and I was interested in my secondary and what language is LEAST motivating to me.
Turns out I was right, verbal affirmation is important to me. I don't need gifts or trips, I don't wanna hang out with everyone... just say thank you and acknowledge that the girl in the corner is doing good work an
Paul Goble
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A flawed but nevertheless indispensible exploration of what it takes to successfully communicate "I appreciate you" to colleagues and subordinates in the workplace.

The book explains five "languages" of appreciation: words of affirmation, tangible gifts, quality time, acts of service, and physical touch. Each person has a primary language--"It doesn't matter how often you tell me that I'm a valued contributor or give me gifts; I simply will NOT feel appreciated until you come alongside me and hel
Chelsea Serrano
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well since I just started working, I wanted to know more about how I can not be a burden to my colleagues especially since I'm fresh from college and everything is just so new to me. Meeting new people and building a relationship is a bit of a challenge for me because I am a bit of an introvert. So, I found this book really helpful and helped me not only identify my appreciation languages, the most and least important, but also my family, friends, colleagues basically everyone I'm connected to. ...more
Before COVID really took off, a group of us from my workplace were reading this together for a bookclub. But after we had to stop meeting, I kept reading it.

The first eight chapters are incredibly practical and worth reading for anyone in a competitive workforce, especially leaders. If you've read The Five Love Languages then you will be familiar with the five areas of appreciation listed: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Tangible Gifts, Physical Touch, and Acts of Service. The same concepts
May 13, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I, like many, loved the Five Languages book for couples. It has helped me in my relationships with my fiancé, my friends, and my family. I can appreciate that the authors have attempted to bring this concept into an office setting, but I'm not sure that a whole book needed to be dedicated to this. It's kind of like the Five Languages for Children and for Teenagers and for Single People... the author found a winning concept and ran with it in every way he could. (I can't blame him - capitalize on ...more
The five love languages taken into the context of appreciation in the workplace.
Lots of practical ideas on how to show appreciation, if you want you could just skip to the ideas and not read the small bit of theory in between. The discussion of touch as a love language in this context was kind of funny but interesting, I liked that they stayed on the side of caution while also taking different perspectives into account.
I find the concepts in this book very helpful in thinking about how your coworkers or employees are different from you, and how to demonstrate that you value them. The book overall is a little repetitive but I appreciate what I got out of it and plan to put it to good use.
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This can definitely be summarized in two pages.

Page one: Go to your browser and image search: the five languages of appreciation at work.

Page two: why you should hire the authors for a consulting engagement in which they teach your team how to appreciate one another.

Page one would be decent, if it weren’t spread across hundreds of pages. I’d skip page two.
2.5 stars

The basis of this book is great - so much so that I've petitioned to fold this concept into the company I work for. I've already read and enjoyed The 5 Languages of Love, so this book was a refresher of those ideas but applied towards appreciation in the workplace. I could see how many teams could benefit from this application!

However, as many other readers have mentioned, Chapman and White were repetitive and often explained concepts unrelated to the main thesis, making this book twice
Kimberly Bower MLIS (gladeslibrarian)
In the hard economic times in which we live, the face-off between employer and employee has contributed to making bad situations worse. Employers caution workers citing the precarious nature of the current job market and inform them that they ought to be happy they even have a job. Employees walk around on eggshells and avoid the necessary ingenuity and risk-taking behaviors needed for most businesses to succeed. Hope of a successful future in the workplace and the expression of appreciation for ...more
Apr 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Chapman's 5 Love Languages book previously, so this was basically a reminder of that but in workplace terms. It seems common sense to appreciate people who work for/with you, but some good reminders. ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book became very repetitive very quickly. I agree the general principles are good but it could have been summed up in an essay. We didn’t need a full book.
Kev Willoughby
This is the type of book that can impact and change a culture.

So many of the book studies I've participated in at work are focused on the work. This is the first book I've read that is focused on the people who do the work, how to communicate the value that they bring, and how to express care and concern for their well-being. I've already purchased three additional copies for the employees in my department, and we're planning to start the book study as a group over the next few weeks. I can't wa
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 wh
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
I have long been an advocate for applying the five love languages into relationships. Even before I knew that the 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace book existed, I've had conversations with co-workers about how you could apply these languages in the workplace. Therefore, I was delighted to find out that there was actually a book dedicated to this topic and knew I had to read it. I truly believe that these languages exist and could really make a difference in the happiness level of wor ...more
Abdessamad Fathi
Gifted to me by a client after an intensive project. Overall, the book distinguishes between several communication styles and describes the value of boosting others around you by catering to their communication style.

Is this useful to know in real life? Yes. When it comes to leading your team, it lowers internal bickering and makes your team see the translation of their effort into value.

Furthermore, it facilitates information flow between the individual actors. It is important to provide people
Allyson Bedford
While I found this book more useful than “The 5 Love Languages,” I still have some issues with the premise of the research. Without a doubt, there is value in knowing how to express appreciation in the workplace and knowing that there are different ways of expressing appreciation. However, the authors spend a significant amount of time trying to convince the reader that appreciation (and not money) is the biggest factor in whether or not someone is good at/stays with their job. There is a HUGE d ...more
Michelle Sauvageau
This book is.. fine. I think it could be best summarized as a short article on each of the main languages of appreciation (words of affirmation, quality time, physical touch, receiving gifts, and actors of service) and how to best show them and recognize them in people.

I love the overall message of the book, that if we understand how our coworkers want to be recognized, we’ll create a workplace where everyone feels valued. I was hoping the answer to getting there was going to be different than
Ann T
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Moody Publishers and Netgalley for this ARC.

I have read the ‘Five Love Languages’ and the ‘Five Love Languages for Children ‘ and still, years later highly recommend them to people.
This book will also be added to that list now !! Again, Mr Chapman and Mr White present easily readable information on how people have different work styles. It is a highly informative, common sense book for all leaders, and team members to read and embrace.
David McClendon, Sr
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We were sent a review copy of The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace for the purpose of writing this review.

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace is an eye-opening book. The authors, Gary Chapman and Paul White, reveal a method of communicating with workers in the workplace. Their methods help bosses understand the best way to show their employees how valuable they are.

The authors provide tools for how to assess what motivates individual employees in the workplace. They re
Dalani Madore
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Appreciation is the key!

The timing in reading this book couldn’t have been more perfect for me! I can’t wait to start implementing the concepts with my team and sharing with my peers to help bring our company culture back to a healthy state!
Jenni Heins
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I'm ever an administrator, I am so using this tool for my staff! Strengths finders are a waste of time if you know how people like to be shown they are valued. So many lost employees when such simple things cost a boss a quality worker. ...more
Silvia Maria
I’ll say it, I had very low expectations and the content itself is extremely ~basic~, but I really enjoyed reading it. Even though it felt repetitive, it challenged me in ways I was not expecting and it made me reflect on certain points that I hadn’t before. Pleasantly surprised.
Morgan Isern
Dec 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who already loves the 5 Love Languages, I really enjoyed reading this book and understanding how the languages could be applied within the workplace. This was an easy read, but one that I think could be impactful to all mangers and individual contributors alike.
Drew Clancy
Applies the framework of the Five Love Languages to a professional setting. One of the authors' key messages is that different people like to be appreciated in different ways - which is a valuable insight. They outline the different languages of appreciation (also valuable) and provide an assessment that individuals and teams can use to discover their language. So while there is some good information here, I thought the book was overly long. I would recommend skimming for the key elements and th ...more
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Married more than 45 years to Karolyn, Dr. Gary Chapman is just the man to turn to for help on improving or healing our most important relationships. His own life experiences, plus over forty years of pastoring and marriage counseling, led him to publish his first book in the Love Language series, The 5 Love Languages®: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. Millions of readers credit t ...more

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